Post # 17
I used to always use turbo tax. This year I went to an accountant and he charged me half of TT fee, as well as looked at last year’s and found me something I missed that I qualified for (an additional refund). I hate TT now and have probably been missing out on that qualification for years.
Post # 18
@Miss Country Chick: She charges around $150, but we live in a small, suburban area! Look into local bookkeeping/tax companies.
Post # 19
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
I’m Canadian and I do my taxes myself using the program StudioTax and I file them online. A family friend’s job is to do taxes for people and if I encounter anything difficult I just ask him.
Post # 20
I actually do my own taxes but that is also because I am a Registered tax return preparer with the IRS. I also do VITA taxes which is a program sponsored by the government (VITA=volunteer income tax assistance). If you make less than $51k combined and meet the requirements then you qualify for the free tax assistance. The program I work through is actually sponosored through work, so we actually offer 2 programs one that is the free and one that is a paid program that only cost our members $75 to complete.
If you have any questions I may be able to answer them if you want to PM me,
Post # 21
@Miss Country Chick: I only use block because my mom works for them.
Post # 22
I usually just did my taxes with Turbo Tax but this year we filed jointly, had 6 w2’s between us and I have a child so we went to H&R Block. They were so amazing and took their time explaining everything to us and even found us some extra money! We got the insurance and everything so it cost us a bit… but piece of mind is worth it’s weight in gold on such a complicated tax return lol.
Post # 23
I use turbotax [we’ve both gotten our taxes back already this year].
H&R block is useless. They just use your average joe to punch in your imformation, EXACTLY like you do on turbotax, and then they charge you a buttload just for that.
Post # 24
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
We used H&R Block, but will probably use TurboTax or something of the liking next year. It was our first year married so I just wanted to have all of our ducks in a row, but after watching them doing it, we don’t have much & I’m confident I can do it myself again now.
The guy we used was super funny though & explained everything to us which was nice. We only paid like $40-something & I have no qualms with the company itself, but can probably do it even cheaper next year assuming we don’t buy a house or have any children or any super major life changes [the house is more likely, I promise you that haha].
Post # 25
I use Tax Act to file my federal for free and then I efile my state return for free on the PA Department of Revenue site.
I always wait until end of March/early April to file since I never get more than a couple of bucks back. I prefer to keep my money throughout the year rather than giving the government and interest-free loan, and I make it a game to be as close to zero owed or due as possible. Last year I got a $19 federal refund, I think I might have that beat this year!
Post # 26
I’ve used all in the past and have found that a private accountant consistently gets me a significantly higher return on both state and federal taxes. I would never use any of the chain places, for many of the same reasons I don’t eat at chain restaurants. I trust fully my accountant and know that he is very knowledgable about up-to-date state and federal laws.
As a Public Service Announcement, I just learned that if you have student loans and on an income-based or income contingent payment plan, filing jointly will significantly increase your student loan payment.
Post # 28
I just did ours with H&R Block’s free online program this week (I filed a 1040) and it was great. I actually filled out my taxes online with H&R Block and Turbo Tax to see how different my refunds looked since it was my first time doing it and I was paranoid. Turns out there was an $800 difference between the two because Turbo Tax can apparently miscalculate your return if you have grants and scholarships for school. So I did the final submit with H&R Block and everything seems to be good!
Post # 29
My husband I both used TaxSlayer for the last 3 or 4 years. We got married this year and both took higher education courses (past our masters degrees) and thought our taxes would be more complicated. We compared our options and found out they’re all pretty much the same and nothing was more complicated this year than last other than figuring out if Lifetime learner or tuiition deduction would give a bigger refund. I did our taxes in TaxSlayer and Turbo Tax and they resulted in the exact same refund but Taxslayer is cheaper to file with so we went with that.
Post # 30
Anybody who has used TaxAct and TurboTax? What do you prefer?
Post # 31
@Miss Country Chick: I use my boyfriend (and that just sounds so wrong)! He’s a CPA, so technically he isn’t a private Accountant.