Nothing is certain but death and taxes, goes the old saw. And while there are programs that can help you write your will (and I suppose one could devise a far-fetched scenario involving medical databases) there really isn’t much that you and your PC can do about the former of these certainties. There is, however, a class of programs that can make filling out tax returns more pleasant and less time-consuming, if not outright fun. One of the leading IBM PC programs is TURBO TAX. The leading Macintosh program is Macintax, which has just been ported to run on IBM PCs under Microsoft Windows as TAXVIEW.

Clearly we are heading toward the day when you’ll be able to file your tax return with IRS

Already this year there are pilot projects allowing large professional preparers to supply returns in this manner. It’s safe to predict that within about five years,...

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