Programs let you give an accounting of your life

September 28, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Have an accountant deep inside you? Then consider these shareware programs for IBMs and compatibles.


It's not too early to start figuring out how you're going to do on taxes this year. With Sharetax92, which is based on preliminary IRS forms (you'll have to wait for the update in January to file your returns), you get a solid tax-computation program. You enter the figures, or your projected figures, and Sharetax does the rest. When you're through, you can print your return on your laser or dot-matrix printer, ready for mailing. The manual can be called up at any time from within the program; there's mouse support for menus, and a good display of how an actual return looks Best of all, registration costs about $20.


Strange as it may seem, commercial home budget and accounting programs have forced shareware authors to make their programs more powerful, yet easier to use. Quick Personal Accounting System is a good example. You get an actual display a check, much as you would in Quicken. You can print reports of cleared checks, track investments, take inventory of personal possessions and, at year's end, you can print reports, useful for such shareware tax programs as Sharetax. After you try it, registration costs $22. Look for CPACS version 3.2 or higher on bulletin boards.


If you hate filling out your expense report each week, but you fearyour friends in accounting even more, here's a program you can load on your notebook or desktop PC. Just fill in the blanks, and this program will do the arithmetic. For example, if you receive 22 cents a mile and you drove 180 miles, all you do is enter 180, and you get an instant total for mileage that day. Registration costs $29. Look for XPENS version 1.2 on bulletin boards.

(For copies of these programs, send $5 each (or $15 for all four) to Shareware. P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. A shareware catalog on a disk costs $2. Please specify 5.25- or 3.5-inch disks.)

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