Coming soon to a television set near you: tax and financial planning advice.

A New York-based accounting firm has produced groups of video news releases designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about taxes and financial planning, reports Financial Services Week.The videotapes are sent to the nation's television stations for use in parts of regular newscasts.

Each video has an expert or experts explaining various tax situations and what to do about them.

Subjects discussed include: buying vs. leasing a car, effective record keeping, strategies, pros and cons of home equity loans, financing a college education, starting one's own business, retirement planning, charitable giving ideas and general financial advice.

To make financial discussion more attractive to viewers, the tapes have a variety of illustrated graphics, most of which have been animated, to give the subject a fresh, lively look.