[lug] Escaping TurboTax to Open Source?

Ken MacFerrin lists at macferrin.com
Fri Jan 12 12:17:07 MST 2007

Elyse M. Grasso wrote:
> It's getting to be that time of year again... I've used TurboTax for nearly 10 
> years, but reports are that Intuit is getting farther and farther from 
> supporting opens source. 
> I don't want to maintain a web-connected Windows box just to do my taxes. Last 
> year I tried using a VMWare windows image, but TurboTax refused to update 
> there, so I had to fire up an old Win2k box.
> I don't want to upload my financial data to a web-based tax prep site.
> Are there any tax prep options (with state support) that aren't so totally 
> locked into Windows?
> Maybe I should go back to pencil and paper... my taxes this year should be 
> simpler than they have been for a the past few years.

Completely OT, but I started using a genuine CPA (not H&R Block) about 8
years ago and have never looked back..  The difference in the amount of
the return a CPA can get you vs a TurboTax easily pays for itself.

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