A time for taxes

Everything you wanted to know about DIY tax apps, and a super-cool search tip for your browser.

Tax season is nigh. If you've been putting off your taxes, we've got a guide to get you through this annual ordeal. We took a look at both the online and desktop versions of three do-it-yourself tax prep applications: tax giants H&R Block At Home Deluxe (Windows|Mac|online) and TurboTax Deluxe (Windows|Mac|online), and the smaller Tax Act Ultimate Bundle (Windows|online).

Or, if you prefer, we've touched on some of the programs' highlights in pictures.

There are merits and disadvantages to all three apps, but TurboTax surpassed H&R Block's app in our tests. Of course, your personal preference and tax situation may lead you to a competing app, or to another solution all together.

If you're looking for a mental break from all those tax forms, check out this neat tip that teaches you how to create a lightning-fast keyword search for your favorite Web sites.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.