David Sterman

It's tax time once again.

For a still-rising number of taxpayers, this means it's time to buy, download or purchase a copy of TurboTax or H&R Block at Home (formerly known as TaxCut), the leading tax-preparation offerings from Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) and H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), respectively.

These software programs are remarkably similar to each other, and this year's programs look and feel a lot like the offerings from last year. Frankly, it's hard to make a case for one tax software package over the other as they are both quite good.

Yet there is a much more pitched battle when it comes to their stocks. Each company sports a distinct business model and each generates very different financial statements. Which stock is the better buy? Let's find out...

1. Intuit: boringly successful
This maker of Quicken accounting software, along with the top-selling TurboTax, is the equivalent of a Japanese sedan. It never surprises you and delivers the same user experience year after year. With the exception of fiscal (July) 2009, when the weak economy led to just 4% sales growth, revenue has otherwise risen either 11% or 12% in three of the past four years. The outlook for fiscal 2012 and 2013? More of the same.

David Sterman

David Sterman has worked as an investment analyst for nearly two decades. He is currently an analyst for StreetAuthority.com

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