Online programs make tax day less taxing

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Most CPAs don't want to hear this, but doing your taxes online is easier than ever.

If you like simple data transfer and lots of help, TurboTax is still king of the tax hill, with H&R Block a close second. If your tax filing is simple, or you're seeking a cheap option, try TaxAct or Complete Tax.

CNET.com makes the choice easy by visiting cnet .com/tax-guide and clicking on the first item, "Taxes 2010," which takes you to a three-minute video and easy-to-read chart comparing the top four programs. You'll find prices on the various levels the companies provide and their degrees of sophistication, with some free for the simplest federal returns along with varying fees to file your state numbers.

Not sure? You don't pay a penny until you file your forms with that program.

You'll also find online reviews of those four and several other programs at tax-software-review.toptenreviews.com and tax-compare.com. Googling "online tax reviews" yields these top sites.

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SITE cnet.com/tax-guide

DESCRIPTION Compare the four best and most popular online tax prep sites

TARGET AUDIENCE People who expect a gift from their Uncle Sam or owe him one

BOTTOM LINE Save money and time by virtually doing your own taxes online

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