As tax prep suites have evolved to meet the needs of the particular market segment targeted by each product, practitioners now have a variety of products from which to choose - each of which will do the job."The desktop market is becoming extremely competitive, with each producer giving as much new functionality and offering it as cheaply as they can," said John Vora, chief executive of Parsippany, N.J.-based TaxSimple.

"Every software package has reached the level where any software can fulfill the requirements a common tax practitioner has," he said. "Only the 10 percent of practitioners at the top end need to look into the details of what a particular producer provides. The rest would be happy with any software that has the preparation approach - forms-based or worksheet-based - that they want."

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