The web represents a treasure trove of information about personal finance, small business, and tax accounting that Quicken users will appreciate. Individuals, investors, and small business owners just beginning their research, however, often aren’t sure which websites offer the most reliable information. Here are half a dozen sites that provide lots of reliable information you can use.

Site Why It’s Useful The Social Security Administration website lets you estimate your future benefits. (Despite what you sometimes here people say, Social Security will “be there” for future generations. But benefits will probably be scaled back for at least some recipients, which you can read more about at the Social Security Administration’s website. Basically, the online fan club for Vanguard Group founder John Bogle, this great forum provides tons of investment planning and record-keeping advice—all influenced by a strong belief in the superiority of a passive, low-cost investing
Quicken Find lots of stuff for users, all from the maker of Quicken — Intuit. Note that if you register at the site, you also gain additional functionality within the Quicken program. For example, you can usually download stock price information for free. A free website author created for smalltime real estate investors. Site includes real estate tax primer and MS-Excel tools for doing real estate investment analysis. Most people by now know that the IRS website provides downloadable forms and informational booklets. What some people don’t know, however, is that it also provides access to U.S. tax law (both the Internal Revenue Code and the Treasury Regulations). This author of Quicken 2012 For Dummies has posted several hundred pages of small business, personal financial planning, and tax-related information, including free downloadable copies of many of his old (but still useful) books.