Ask the Readers: Are You Filing Your Own Taxes This Year?

By Ashley Jacobs on 26 February 2013 (Updated 5 March 2013) 112 comments

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It's that time again — tax season! While some people feel confident that they can file their own taxes correctly, other people are more comfortable hiring a tax professional to give them a hand.

Are you filing your own taxes this year? Why or why not? Do you use any programs to help you prepare your taxes?

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DeeDee

No, the husband is a small business owner

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Fio T.

TurboTax always works for me and i find it fairly easy to use

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MidSouth Mouth

Maybe. Either I will do magic on my taxes myself or I will get a helping hand from my beautiful assistant.

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This was actually my first year ever paying an accountant to do our taxes -- that's because it was also the first year that I was going to have taxes for my art business. I didn't want to take the chance of them getting messed up. I made sure I have all of my earnings, expenses, etc, totaled up, but I didn't have to worry about the schedule c forms and such. DEFINITELY worth the money and peace of mind.

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Debra K

We are having a professional do our taxes for the second year in a row (and second year ever). We have been told we could maximize our refund, and what we pay for the accountant will be more than covered in our refund. I hope so.

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Tabitha

I used taxhawk (free) this year after using H&R Block at home software for the past two years, and it came out exactly the same. Works for me!

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Lisa

I will file my daughter's taxes, but will pay a CPA to do mine.

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Melissa Johnson

I'm having my CPA do my taxes this year. Way too complicated for me to figure out all the possible money-saving deductions on my own. Since we started using a CPA, we started getting tax refunds which more than pays for it.

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Carmen

I have always filed my own taxes - even when my husband owned a business; although we had a lot of help from my father accountant. We usually use Turbo Tax online.

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Guest

We are paying a tax preparer because our finances are complicated.

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Natasha

I filed my taxes myself using turbotax online. Sinice I get a free federal return and have simple finances, I don't feel it's worth it to pay someone else at this time.

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Matthew

I've been doing my own taxes for the last few years. My taxes are fairly straight-forward, but I like using software to double-check myself. Previously I've been using TurboTax but this year switched over to H&R Block.