I’ve been doing my own taxes for about 5 years now. Even as my needs have changed (I’ve gone from a simple 1040EZ to a more complex small business partnership structure), I’ve found that the tax software available on the commercial market has grown to meet my needs. While many of us DIY’ers love the control we can have over our filing, there are many other valid reasons to giving it a try. With over 36 million people using tax software for last year’s taxes, we’re convinced it may be a good investment for you, too. Here are the most compelling reasons to break out of your rut and give it a go!
Simple Q & A
Most of us don’t get around the table with our buddies and chat about our 1099-DIV’s. We may however, share some insight into how much interest our bank accounts have earned. That’s because, to be quite honest, most of us don’t care about the terms used to describe tax documents and law – but we do care about getting our taxes done right.
Tax software offers us the ability to answer simple, common questions that most any person can understand and can decipher it into “tax-speak” that the IRS can process. It’s like having your own translation service for the trickiest of languages. And because most of the questions asked by tax software programs are situational, users can accurately detail their statuses by simply telling it like it is. There’s no need to guess what category, form, or line a specific item would appear on.