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Four Tips to Simplify Your Tax Time With Nitro PDF Professional

imageDid I ever mention that I love Nitro PDF software? Nitro PDF,  at every level (both the freeware version, and the professional version), has established an enviable reputation for excellence: applications are fast, lightweight, and incorporate customizable security controls, including the option to completely disable JavaScript – no small consideration for security conscious users.

I’m hardly alone in my assessment – so, I’ll throw in a couple of comments from readers following my last review of Nitro PDF Reader 2.0 – June 21, 2011.

It is really awesome. Nitro PDF Reader is the one of the best PDF readers in the market. I am quite excited about what ………

At work, I use Adobe but at home, I have been using Foxit. I just downloaded the new Nitro on your advice and as usual, your advice is spot on. I can now say I just switched my default from Foxit to Nitro.

To help ease the frustrating and time-consuming activities of tax-time, Nitro Software has put together four easy-to-follow tips to help streamline your tax filing.  If you find these tips useful – consider sharing them with others who could benefit.   Smile

Future Proof Your Taxes – Tracking down copies of last year’s tax statements or this year’s lost W-2 can be frustrating, and time-consuming. Avoid the inevitable hours spent searching and create an archive of both physical and digital financial records that can be easily searched and opened by anyone using PDF/A – the digital archival standard.

Portable Document Format is lightweight, secure, and universally accepted – it can be opened by anyone from your accountant to the IRS. Future-proof your financials by creating PDF/A files, an entirely self-contained ISO standard designed to ensure long term support and acceptance, completely independent of the originating data or the system it was created on.

Convert almost any WindowsT file format to PDF – from spreadsheets to statements – and use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned paper to create convenient, searchable PDF files that can be accessed for years to come.

Future proof your taxes and create PDF/A compliant archives from over 300 different file formats with Nitro PDF Professional (free 14 day trial).

Fill and Save Tax forms – Just about any government form can be downloaded as a PDF file, and businesses both big and small often utilize forms to gather information from their clients. Active PDF forms are designed to be filled easily and quickly, with many allowing you to submit the completed file with the click of a button.

Form functionality goes even further with the capability to process mathematical calculations automatically; no more time spent trying to work out 8.5% of box B divided by the sum of boxes A, C, and D, raised to the power of E=MC2.  Unfortunately the same can’t be said for paper forms, but you can avoid starting from scratch every time you make a mistake by scanning them to PDF and completing them electronically. Type text anywhere on the page, sign them digitally (if required) and even add them to your PDF/A archive for record-keeping.

Using the free Nitro PDF Reader you can fill in any PDF forms – print them, save them, export their data, and submit them to a web or email destination. Sitting on a stack of paper documentation you’ve been avoiding? Scan them as PDF files and free yourself from clutter today.

Safeguard Your Taxes – Financial information should always be considered highly sensitive and treated accordingly. Whether you need to email a document or use a web-based submission service, security controls form a powerful toolset to protect your information, and should always be on your checklist when preparing your taxes.

Safeguard your private financial data using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption to secure your PDF files with password protection and digital certificates, and specify usage permissions to manage how people interact with your documents and prevent individual activity such as copying, editing, or printing.

Nitro PDF Professional (trial) covers you for encrypting and decrypting tax documents, certifying and signing, managing the public keys of your trusted contacts, and password-protecting PDF files to control access and usage. The free Nitro PDF Reader allows you to add basic password security to PDF files you create.

Combine and Streamline Your Tax Documentation – Many people today receive a pay stub (or pay slip) in PDF format. Regardless of whether you’re paid weekly or monthly, that’s one serious paper trail, and an organizational nightmare come tax time. Simply combine all the pay stubs into one ‘master’ PDF file to avoid hours wasted by you or your accountant trying to work with 52 individual files.

Combining files in Nitro PDF Professional couldn’t be easier, and the resultant PDF comprising all your pay-stubs allows you and your accountant to easily scroll through the entire financial year within the one PDF document – no more piles of invoices, receipts, bank statements, or financial reports.

Interesting factoid: Though over 70% of the taxpaying American population uses e-filing to log their taxes, most people still supplement their electronic submission with hardcopy paper documents (e.g. W2s, pay-stubs, receipts).

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