[Here is a review of TurboTax 2010 online tax preparation software] Below is the 2009 version.
Back when I started working and had to file taxes I would go to the library to pick up the necessary forms. I’d set aside an afternoon to go through the 1040’s and see what I needed. Then I’d spend the rest of the time getting my head around the forms and carefully filling out what was needed. My taxes weren’t complex and there was no online filing back then (did I just date myself a bit?). It still made my head spin a bit but that’s what I had to do. A few years later I discovered TurboTax. It was an expense to use at the time, but it was well worth not having to go through all of the forms figuring out what to fill out where.