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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Most commercial programming applications are considerably more complex than the end-of-chapter exercises found in programming textbooks. This case addresses this problem by requiring the students in an entry-level Visual Basic programming class to create an application that helps users prepare their U.S. income tax returns. For convenience, the forms in this project are simplified versions of some of the tax forms that a U.S. taxpayer would use to complete a real income tax return-i.e., Schedules A, B, and C, as well as a Child Care worksheet and a Schedule 1040. Although integrative in nature, the case does not require advanced programming skills, is useful as an interim class assignment, and can be completed using either VB.6 or VB.Net.

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