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CPA Versus CPU

Can your computer be your tax accountant?

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This story appears in the April 1996 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Seven years ago, Rik Ketschke decided to take a new tax filing route: Instead of using an accountant, he started preparing his personal income taxes with a tax software program. It worked out so well that Ketschke, a Brentwood, Tennessee, home designer and builder, decided to find out whether he could also file his corporate taxes by using commercial software.

Ketschke called Intuit Inc., the company whose software he used for personal income taxes, to inquire about corporate tax software, using the tax form 1120S. The only software the company produced at the time was a professional series for accountants that cost around $400 each year for tax information updates.

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