Six Free, Reliable Websites for Quicken 2013 Users

By Stephen L. Nelson

Part of Quicken 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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
www.ssa.gov 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.
http://www.bogleheads.org 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 Quicken.com users, all from the maker of
Quicken — Intuit. Note that if you register at the
Quicken.com site, you also gain additional functionality within the
Quicken program. For example, you can usually download stock price
information for free.
www.howdoibuyashortsale.com 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.
www.irs.gov 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).
www.stephenlnelson.com 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.