Once you've keyed in your Federal income and expenses, ran through your deductions, both application programs can additionally assist with State taxes for those Mac users who reside in states that require them. The most important portions of your Federal filing get fed into the State portion to ease the process. One may then optionally e-File (electronically file returns) over the internet for speedier filing and convenience.
The IRS mandates that you keep your Federal tax returns for a minimum of three and possibly up to six years depending on your business type or filing and potential audit issues. Turbo Tax for Macintosh thoughtfully adds an option to save and burn your tax data - and the tax preparation program and files itself to your Mac's DVD disc burner for a complete, recoverable tax data backup. It's also wise to keep copies of your Macintosh tax program and data file on a ThunderBolt or USB backup drive as an additional safeguard.
Once you've finalized tax prep on your Mac laptop or desktop, you'll likely want a permanent copy of the return. Have a lot of paper on-hand in any Mac compatible laser printer and let it print a complete set of your returns. You can also save your tax data as a .PDF to print anytime as needed.