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Last time we paid itwas $100. Now my MIL does them for free.
I'm quite sure it is easy. Trouble is I'd be very surprised if it covered our complicated tax situation - esp. with what happened taxwise in '17. Its so weird this year, that the gal at the "venerable old accounting firm" told me she was going to have a "senior partner" look it over to make sure *she* got it right!
I agree with MMD. The first time I filed income taxes, I paid someone to do it and, at least in my situation, it was a waste of money. After that, I started going to the post office to get the books and forms every year and did my own on paper until these fancy interwebs became the primary choice. I do mine on H&R block on line. Like MMD said, once you input your info the first time, it will transfer over all the info from the previous year and you basically just have to update it. Heck the last couple of years, all you have to do is take a picture of your W2 and upload it and that, combined with previous tax year info, gets you a good 80% done before you've even started. Plus, since I have state taxes, it automatically transfers all the info over to the state taxes. And when I'm done, it efiles the fed and state for me and I generally get my refund direct deposited to my bank account within a couple of weeks.
Put it this way. My dad sends his taxes to a woman who I used to work with. She worked for H&R Block before we worked together. My dad has property, farm expenses and regular annual salary from his job, as well as the added complication of still being married to a woman he has been separated from for nearly 10 years. She charges $100 to do taxes and gets a lot of friends and family paying her to do it every year. Pretty cheap, really. She uses TurboTax to do everyone's taxes and makes a couple thousand dollars a year doing it.
Maybe in a couple of years, things should be simpler then. Its such a mess this year that I didn't even switch to a Florida accounting firm, I'm still using the California outfit.
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