Remember last April when some TurboTax customers had problems e-filing? Well, tax technological glitches pop up worldwide.
Take the United Kingdom's HM Revenue & Customs, that country's equivalent
WebCPA reports that British taxpayers who visited the Self Assessment Online section of the site last Thursday were greeted with messages such as "planned maintenance" or "not found."
What made the annoying messages worse was that the Web malfunction occurred on Jan. 31, the last day for filing taxes in the U.K. Taxpayers who fail to pay their taxes in time by the deadline are typically fined 100 pounds; that's almost $200 U.S.
Because of the six-hour site crash, British tax officials extended the tax filing deadline for another 24 hours.
Sure, the speed and usual reliability of electronic communications tends to make us put things off. But the safer tax move is to file a tad early just in case there's a problem.
When it comes to specific programs, check out Software.com's analysis of TurboTax and TaxCut (thanks to taxgirl for the heads-up). Money Tip Central looks at those two programs, as well as several other popular software packages here. And Top 10 Reviews also takes a good look at a wide variety of tax prep packages here.