Would you file your own tax return or let the accountant do it for you?

United States
February 9, 2011 3:43pm CST
Some of co - workers would do their tax return online, if your w - 2 form or other tax related documents wasn't too complicated. You simply follow the instructions and you will file your tax instantly. For me, I would like to do it myself, but I afraid of my clumsiness, I might make too many mistakes on filing a tax return. So, I rather pay a little bit more to my friend, who is an accountant, he will handle it for me. What about you?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
9 Feb 11
I always let the Tax professional do mine, I think the whole thing is so complicated it needs someone who know what they are doing, it all should be made simpler instead of having to pay $70 a time.
• United States
9 Feb 11
well, if you go on IRS.gov, they should have this online service, and they will have this instruction to guide you through step by step. You shouldn't have any problem with it.
@LifeGuru (923)
• Canada
10 Mar 11
Use turbo tax online, quick, fun, easy and they'll walk you through your errors. I did, and I did have experience by using the forms by hand back in high school so I had basic knowledge of what to expect but it's really tedious sometimes so turbo tax is the best way to go. :) Hey! At least you'll have an idea of how much you'll recieve as a refund. ^^
@garson (886)
• United States
21 Feb 11
It depends on what you have and how much you earn. I have been doing it myself with no problems. I don't own a house and other properties. My source of income had been from a job that provided me with a W2 form. Also, nowadays, paper based tax return is going to be obsolete in a matter of time, since more and more people are encouraged to file online. Now, if I own a mansion, a jet or helicopter, and an Island of Dr. Moreau for example, that can get complicated. I can still do it myself, but I probably would need some help on detail things. I'm not an expert of tax. It seems like when you're richer and have more to spend, your tax responsibility is also bigger and more complex.
• India
19 Feb 11
I filed first IT return by my own, I went to IT office and waited 3-4 hours to reach the officer to submit the papers. After that I decided not to do it myself and thereafter I give it to the company managed guy who will charge some money for the service but there is no hurdle for that.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
10 Feb 11
I do it on my own. Which means I check the numbers when I get the tax papers and if everything's OK, I send an sms to say it's OK. If something's missing, I'll either fill it online and send in the receipts, or send everything on paper. I normally don't have anything to fix though, as my finances are pretty straightforward.
• China
10 Feb 11
Honestly, I don't like other people to do this thing for me except my relatives.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
10 Feb 11
If I am faced with a simple tax return, i would probably rather file it myself. If something looks too complicated or I am not sure i understand, I would be willing to pay the extra fee to an accountant to take care of it for me.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I do my own tax returns with regards to filing it.I find it easy as long as the necessary documents needed for filing is complete, but you have to review it though carefully to avoid any mistake.
@buli23 (550)
• India
10 Feb 11
I never face any problem about my tax return. I can calculate all my tax myself. Some time I also made so silly mistake but before submit i always get help from our office accountant who is very helpful to all of the employees.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I have a tax accountant do mine, since I'm self employed.My daughter does hers online, though, with no problems. I used to do ours but the tax code keeps getting more and more complicated along with the self employment. If I worked for someone else and didn't have so many forms and things to keep track of, I'd do them myself again.
@angelic123 (1112)
• United States
10 Feb 11
My husband do it online using turbo tax, since his tax is not complicated it is very easy for him to do.There are steps to follow and you can always review and edit the document.It saves him money.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I strongly suggest having your tax returns done by an accountant. Let the nitty gritty be the problem of other people. Why let your self be bothered by these things, right? Accountants do those things on a regular basis, they could do it in their sleep! What's a few (alright, a lot for some) dollars to be spared for your trusted accountant to do your stuff for you? (Am I giving you any idea what sort of job I do? )
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I've done my own taxes since I was on my own. I don't think it's that difficult. If you just follow the steps and the instructions in the book it's pretty easy. This year I used H&R Block's website. If you make under $58,000 a year it's free to use and file. I'm not sure how much they charge if you make over that amount. Their program to use was super easy. It just asked me a few questions and it even found $800 that I didn't. Plus if you efile and direct deposit you can have your refund back in around 10 days which is awesome.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
9 Feb 11
my hubby went to school for accounting and he does ours plus he does anyone else that will ask him. he only charges $25 which is way cheaper than H&R Block or anywhere else like that.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
9 Feb 11
My husband does tax return for us, I don't know anything about it but it just seems like a pin in a neck. I'm glad that I don't need to worry about it.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
9 Feb 11
I do it myself, since I know a thing or two about taxes anyway. And I like to be in control and know what is going on, so I like the sense of control it gives me as well.