How to File Taxes
Read this fascinating article at Good Morning America, from ABC news. They tested out doing taxes yourself with TurboTax software, going to HR Block, and going to a private accountant. Surprise! All three got the identical refund (actually, the accountant was one dollar less) and all 3 took under 2 hours, but TurboTax cost about fifty dollars compared to hundreds of dollars for the other two. Interesting!
I agree that if your taxes are straight-forward, Turbo Tax or equivalent is the best approach. However, once your filing gets complicated, having an experienced professional presiding over your financial life is both cost-effective and comforting.