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Tax season is officially upon us.
To help ease the pain of filing taxes, you may want to consider online tax-preparation software that will help you get your affairs organized. Two of the most popular choices are TurboTax or H&R Block.
When it comes to choosing one over the other, don't stress too much — at the end of the day, they're pretty similar, says Michael Solari, a certified financial planner at Solari Financial Planning. "They're only as good as the person inputting the data," he tells Business Insider. "If you're making above $250,000, you should have someone prepare your taxes because of the complexity. Otherwise, I wouldn't go too crazy spending money on tax software."
Both programs offer a free federal edition for simple tax returns. The other editions — from "basic" to "home and business" — vary in price, depending on your needs. Filing for your business is the most expensive option in both cases.
TurboTax and H&R Block offer similar services at similar prices. Here's how they stack up:
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You have until April 18 to file your 2016 taxes, but that doesn't mean you should wait until the week before to complete them. If you're ready to begin filing with TurboTax or H&R Block, simply click the links to get started. Hopefully you'll find that whatever software you choose helps you get your affairs organized quickly, efficiently, and affordably.
Original reporting by Kathleen Elkins.