The two primary apps for Mac tax prep are Intuit's longstanding TurboTax Deluxe and H&R Block's Mac Tax Software - formerly known as 'TaxCut' and 'At Home'. Both programs generally available at retail or for download prior to Thanksgiving to let you get an early start on your 2016 taxes due in April of 2017.
2016 TurboTax Deluxe For Mac OSX
Basic Fed + State With e-Filing
NOTE: Self-Employed and Schedule-C filers need to buy the Home & Business edition to unlock Schedule-C and home office deduction features. The Deluxe version no longer does that. While you can pay to upgrade to Intuit's Home & Biz version from inside the Deluxe software if you need to, it's cheaper to buy the Biz version in the first place.
Home & Business TurboTax For MacOS
For Mac Sole Proprieters
TurboTax Mac 2016 is also available in boxed retail packaging on DVD if you need it. Frankly though, with Apple having discontinued the inclusion of a SuperDrive in any of it's more recent Macintosh desktop and laptop computers, most will simply prefer the downloadable Mac OSX version of the tax software linked above.
If you prefer to use H&R Block's Tax software for Mac OSX, here's a slightly more affordable alternative than Intuit's TurboTax Deluxe:
H&R Block 2016 Mac Tax App
Federal + State + Bonus
Like Intuit - H&R Block's Deluxe Fed+State version doesn't include Schedule-C, rental property and small biz features. For that you'll need the Premium version.
Mac H&R Block Premium Tax App
For 2016 Tax Year
Once you've keyed in your 2016 tax-year Federal income and expense data, and have gone over any of your deductions, the Turbotax application can likewise assist with State tax prep for those Mac owners who live in states which require them. The crucial data from your Federal filing gets automatically imported into the State portion to ease the procedure. One may then additionally e-File (electronically submit your returns) over the web for faster, paperless filing and getting a return quicker.
Newest Mobile MacBook Printers From HPHewlett Packard just released updated and revised models of their mobile MacBook compatible printing (and optionally, scanning) solutions. They both now feature USB and WiFi wireless (as well as Bluetooth) MacOS and iOS device printing connectivity. The LiOn battery is now also completely integrated inside the printer instead snapping on the back like an afterthought. The OfficeJet 200 printer features a grayscale 2" LCD control panel, while the multi-function Print-Scan-Copy AIO OfficeJet 250 offers a 2.5" color display. They also print 2-3 times faster than the previous 100 & 150 models.
New HP MacBook Printer
HP 200 Portable Printer
USB And WiFi Printing
New HP MacBook Mobile Printer + Scanner
HP 250 Portable All-In-One
USB + WiFi Print / Scan / Copy
Both these models use HP 62 series Black and Tri-Color cartidges. We strongly recommend always, always buying 62XL high-capacity cartridges!!! You'll get 2x-3x more prints per cartridge at only a 30% price premium. XL is the smart way to go and will save you serious money over the life of your portable HP MacBook printer.
In 2016, Apple is currently offering a set of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones if you buy a Mac for college by mid-September. They also offer a free set of Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones when you buy an iPad PRO model (only) - or an iPhone 6 or 6s (only.) These are a good thing, because frankly young folk like to BLAST their music to people who might not share their audio preferences. But that's what being young is like - not knowing where your sound-space ends and others right not to have to listen to it begins. Kudos to Apple for choosing personal listening headphones as their 2016 Back-To-School promo!
Amazon is also featuring back to college deals and discounts for computer technology needed to gear up for the school year with thier Shop Amazon For Off To College promo loaded with Mac compatible accessories and gadgets.
For most secondary ed and college bound students, I recommend the ultra-light and ultra slim MacBook Air to ease the pain of lugging around just that much LESS along with their textbooks and whatnot. Select students in certain fields of art and design, architecture and others might really need the added screen space and extra CPU horsepower of a full-blown 15" MacBook Pro laptop, but they may be the exception.
Check out these pages of specific MacBook Air peripherals and MacBook Pro accessories that MacGizmoGuy recommends to round-out your Apple compatible computing gadget arsenal.
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