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Quick Books is by far the most popular retail product. And unless you need "job costing" for contracts, you could save a few bucks (< $100) by using the regular rather than the "pro" version.

Another poster suggested problems with formatting restrictions (use of percentages) & account titles in quick books. I believe that one can reformat in the current versions of quick books. Also, one can change account titles & classifications. The suggested "chart of accounts" can easily be "over-ridden" - one can use a completely customized chart of accounts.

Many of our clients use quick books & it seems to work fine for them. That having been said, personally, I also prefer Peachtree. I find it more flexible & the "proprietary methodology" in Quick Books annoys me constantly (as a cpa). Again, just my 2 cents.

Finally, not knowing your background, abilities, knowledge & interests, it's hard to respond to the "wisdom" of doing your own taxes. The "code" is a complex beast, and a good accountant can have a tremendous positive impact on a small business.

Good luck.

Dale, a cpa
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