For most people, the tax return is a pain. Fortunately, there are smart helper in the numbers jungle. But what magpie and other tax programs?The tax Declaration* is for many people a chore. The cases In which Elster is helping - and what is the difference compared to other programs? Experts explain the advantages and disadvantages of tax programs.
tax programs for tax return use?
Stiftung Warentest shows a good 23 million tax returns a year at tax offices, and of these, 77 percent are created with the help of a Software.
Practically: " Digital tax returns are now treated even more preferably," quoted the Deutsche Presse-Agentur Jörg Geiger from the magazine Chip". Because the tax authorities provide you with Elster is itself a type of state-Free-Alternative-to-buying-programs. In principle, the "paper form is Elster online". But it is also: tips for Saving Elster offers.
experts recommend Elster to easy mounted control cases , that is, those without children, property or even care for money. The Good takes on it, so it is more in the Reuters report: Elster, the data from the previous year. Users can import their Documents from employers, health insurance companies and, for example, pension paying agencies*.
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tax Declaration: for a Computer program, App, or Browser application
Who might be tax return , however, concrete tips and step-by-step guided wishes, you can use a Computer program , a App or Browser application .
it Goes with the App much faster? "In 30 minutes it will be the least done,“ comes Jörg Geiger in the dpa report to word. Also, the small view on the Smartphone is not as comfortable. The Basis was therefore a Chat that led step-by-step through the program, said the expert. An error will not leave often, later, no longer correct, later additions are possible without starting from scratch.
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Stiftung Warentest: Almost no program expects one hundred percent right
The Foundation test has studied for their magazine "financial test" which offers 14 different tax programs - Download to to App. Only three deals have cut off with the grade "good" (output 5/2019).
liked What the testers were not, therefore, the Chats and the simplicity of some Browser, or Smartphone applications, however, the calculations. In the Reuters report also a project Manager at Stiftung Warentest, Stefan Fischer comes to the word: The programs had some glaring errors. This not only applies to Apps. The result of the "financial test": Even the winner of the test do not expect a hundred percent right."
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tax Declaration: Complicated cases are more likely to be something for the accountant
Overall, the differences between Desktop and browser version would be smaller and smaller, is quoted in addition, Dorothee Wiegand from the "c't"magazine in the report. Even Desktop apps have a head start, the web services cover more and more cases. Both offer must remain, therefore, similar to Elster, the data of the tax authorities to query and record - what the user however, a provider, faithful. The save time, avoid numbers, screwdriver, and a lot of Trouble, says the expert.
For all the help, the offer of the programs, it'll about in Patchwork-families with different constellations of maintenance, care and children's money are particularly difficult. Experts agree: The more complicated the tax case is, the more likely it was a case for the tax Advisor .
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