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Key Web Sites for Tax Panic

Just the thought of tax season makes even the most seasoned IP break into a cold sweat. Schedule Cs, 1099s -- it's enough to make you consider becoming a wage slave! Here are our picks for the best tax Web sites. They'll help you stay sane through April 15 and beyond.
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Other (Non-Tax) Links

   The Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service
This link should be at the top of your tax-related bookmarks. Online access to all forms can be a lifesaver as tax day approaches, as will the comprehensive tax information for individuals and businesses you'll find here.

And to make things easier for you, we've provided direct links to the forms, instructions, and publications you'll most likely use (you'll need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader first).


1999 Form 1040 (Schedule C)
Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship)

1999 Form 1040 (Schedule C-EZ)
Net Profit from Business (Sole Proprietorship)

1999 Form 8829
Expenses for Business Use of Your Home

1999 Form 4562
Depreciation and Amortization

1999 Form 2210
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts


1999 1040 (Schedule C) Instructions

1999 8829 Instructions

1999 4562 Instructions

1999 2210 Instructions


1999 Publication 587
Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Day-Care Providers)

1999 Publication 334
Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ)

1999 Publication 533
Self-Employment Tax

1999 Publication 560
Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Keogh Plans)

Other IRS Resources

Tax Information for You
A good jumping-off point, with links to most everything else on the IRS site.

Five Ways to Save on Your 1999 Taxes
Who would've thought that the bad guys at the IRS would give you good advice on how to cut your taxes?

Tax Trails
An interactive guide to finding out what deductions you qualify for, designed in an easy Q&A format.

Tax Information for Business
Get answers on the tax rules and regulations affecting businesses, including an entire Small Business Corner.

IRS Business Library
Here's where you can find all the forms you'll need to fill out for your business taxes.

Information about Appeals
So you got audited and the IRS didn't buy your argument that your cappuccino maker was a business expense. Hey, it raises your productivity, right? You can find information about how to appeal their decision here.

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
Resident and nonresident alien IPs, beware -- you may need to apply for an ITIN. Find out here.

Find an Authorized e-file Provider
Can't wait to get your refund? Search this site to find the nearest tax preparer authorized to submit fax forms electronically.

Forms and Publications
Don't spend your time running from the post office to the library trying to collect all the forms you need to submit. Find them all here.

Link to State Tax Forms
Just think -- once you've completed your federal income tax, you get to do it all over again for your state income tax. Get the forms you'll need here.

   Other Tax Help

SmartMoney Tax Guide
Stories cover many aspects of tax preparation and planning, including IRAs and retirement, deductions and write-offs, and capital gains and options. The editors of SmartMoney magazine produced this site in partnership with Lycos. There are plenty of articles of particular interest to IPs, including Tax Ideas for the Self-Employed and Home Office Deductions.

Quicken.com Small Business Tax Center
You'll find great how-to information here on the key issues that anyone running a small business faces, like finding a CPA or keeping up with the latest tax code changes. And there's a whole section dedicated to Self-Employment Taxes.

Kiplinger Taxcut: Tax Tips
The maker of the popular Taxcut software has provided valuable advice for -- what else? -- cutting your taxes. The fact that it's organized by tax form makes the information all the more useful.

Intuit Tax Preparation
Here's where you'll find links to some of the most popular tax-preparation software available: TurboTax for Windows users, MacInTax for Macintosh users, or Web TurboTax for those who do their taxes online.

One of the most comprehensive sources of local, state, and federal tax information you'll find, TaxWeb provides news, how-to articles, forms, discussion groups, and more.

Not as well-polished as some other tax sites, TaxWorld nonetheless provides on-site Schedule C instructions and forms, as well as links to other sites. A section on tax history makes for interesting reading.

MSN MoneyCentral Taxes
MSN's Money Central has compiled a good general tax resource that has a special section for Schedule C filers. You can also do your taxes online from here via a link to SecureTax.

Uncle Fed's Tax Board
This large taxpayer advocacy site has information for all tax filers and preparers. Schedule C information is abundant, but you'll have to search for it. The home page has a bit of personality, which is unusual for practical tax sites.

Nolo.com: Tax Problems
This publisher of legal self-help books provides online advice and answers to tax problems, including a section for small business.

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