The hardy souls who insist on doing their own taxes can get advice from a wide variety of publications and computer software.
For starters, the IRS itself puts out a free 336-page book, Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax (Tax Guide 1995), available free from IRS offices and many public libraries.Bookstores carry similar, but larger, books that also contain explanations, examples, and forms for special needs.
Among those tomes that range up to 700 pages in size are: J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax, $14.95; Consumer Reports Guide to Income Tax, $14.99; Kiplinger's New Ways to Save on Your Taxes, $15; The Ernst & Young Tax Guide, $14.95, and Tax Saving Ideas, $14.95.
Dozens of computer programs are on the market (including many designed for state taxes, too).
Among the most popular tax software and the developers, according to Your Money magazine, are: Personal Tax Edge, Parsons, $19 (DOS, Windows, Windows 95, CD-ROM or disk); Simply Tax, 4Home Productions, $19.95 (Windows, Windows 95, CD-ROM or disk); TaxCut, Block Financial Software, $39.95 (Windows, Windows 95, Macintosh, CD-ROM or disk), and TurboTax, Intuit, $35 to $40 for disk, $45 to $50 for CD-ROM (DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Macintosh).
Computer users also can get an IRS information service on the Internet. The address is http://www.irs.ustreas.gov.
(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)