Smart Stops on the Web


TAX SOFTWARE SITES

Online Tools

www.taxsites.com/software.html

This site is filled with various tax software links. One of the topics, income tax preparation, has separate sections for individual filers and professional tax preparers. Other URLs connect users to software for estates, trusts and retirement, as well as for sales, payroll, 1099 and property taxes and tax planning.

Join the Club

www.1040form.com

This site offers users not only the chance to prepare their own returns or have them prepared but also free membership in its 1040FORM.com Club. Members can receive monthly e-mail brochures with titles such as “10 Tax Filing Tips,” “Estate Tax Rules” and “Will Your Tax Return Be Audited?” All state tax forms also are available, as well as a weekly tax tip.

Tax Software Resources

www.kentis.com/siteseeker/acctxpub.html

Kent Information Services, Inc., publishers of IT books and training courses for management, has compiled an alphabetical list of links to accounting and tax software publisher sites as well as listings for Web-based directories and search engines. Also available are its U.S. federal, state and international tax resources links. Users can receive a free copy of the Internet Bulletin for CPAs, which tells how the profession can benefit from the Internet.

Tax Software and More

www.taxcut.com

In addition to the site’s tax software for sale, the Tax Resources section includes information on filing, forms and tax planning. Changes in the law, definitions of terms and links to similar sites also are available.

Still More Tax Software

www.quicken.com/taxes

Quicken’s tax page has TurboTax software for sale, but it also offers visitors extensive information on various aspects of tax preparation and filing. The Everyday Tax Tools section includes a deduction finder, tax and W4 calculators and an estimator. The Tax Information section covers topics such as rates, rules and state taxes.

Tax Applications Online

moneycentral.msn.com/tax/home.asp

H&R Block’s online tax preparation program is available for either filing your own returns or having it done for you: Both options offer free state return filing. Other features include a tax estimator, related forms and publications and information on tax law changes.

GENERAL INTEREST SITES

Updated Area Code Listings

www.mmiworld.com/codelist.htm

As the phone company continues to run out of original phone numbers and invents new area codes to combat the problem, bookmarking this site should be useful. Users will find the most recent domestic and international telephone area codes listed along with major cities and time zones.

A Healthy Amount of Information

www.hcfa.gov

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is the federal agency that administers Medicare (see below) and Medicaid, regulates laboratory testing and develops coverage policies. HCFA also has oversight of nursing home and continuing-care provider certification. Information on all its activities, including findings from various HCFA health-care-facility surveys, is posted as are links to other government agencies for consumers and professionals.

An Extra Dose of Data

www.medicare.gov

This is Medicare’s official presence online. Users can search for dialysis facilities, health plans and nursing homes, as well as for participating physicians and prescription assistance programs. The site provides publications—in Adobe Acrobat—on all aspects of Medicare, including the benefits of hospices, protecting your rights and supplemental coverage. A detailed list of contact phone numbers and related Web sites also can be found here, as well as a section on fraud and abuse.

Articles for Professional Planners

www.ca-probate.com/news_idx.htm

Recent newsletter articles on estate planning are offered at this site. Titles include “Did Your Refinance Undo Your Revocable Living Trust?” “Have You Done Proper Estate Planning?” “Scam Trusts” and “Your Will or Trust Is Not a Complete Estate Plan.” Also available are links to articles from the American Bar Association and the California state bar.

Find Your Worth

www.salary.com

Not only does this stop on the Web give salary ranges for various locations by job category, but it also includes Salary Talk, a forum in which experts answer questions about compensation and benefits. A news section is available as well as salary advice and links to additional online career resources.

Media to Media

www.mediamap.com

This site’s goal is “connecting public relations and media professionals with accurate, timely information.” Staff changes and industry news are included in the following categories: business and finance, consumer, technology and travel and leisure. The Expert PR section offers news and tips from industry insiders.

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