Save time by filing your taxes online (video)

CNET's Kara Tsuboi provides pencil pushers with a few simple steps to join the 70 percent of Americans who file their taxes online.

If you're like a lot of Americans, you probably dread doing your taxes. And if you're like 70 percent of Americans, you try to make tax season a little less painful by filing them online. This story is geared more toward the other 30 percent--the people who still pick up a pencil and punch out figures on a calculator, the people who still line up at a post office or April 15, awaiting their receipt for registered mail.

Filing taxes online is quick, and it guarantees your refund will arrive faster, says CNET editor Jessica Dolcourt. And if you use online or desktop tax-preparation software, the benefits are numerous, according to Dolcourt, who has reviewed different brands of such programs for years. But if you do choose to file electronically, there are some basic safety guidelines to follow: Make sure your antivirus software is up to date, delete any cookies on your computer, and clear your cache. We're not promising tax season will become enjoyable--just a little less stressful.

Related link
• CNET's tax guide
About the author

Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.


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