The average cost of hiring a professional to prepare your tax return is about $275, at least if you have anything other than the simplest tax situation. That’s a lot of money to part with and it’s often unnecessary.
You can save yourself some money if you identify your tax-time priorities in advance and find software that will address them for you. Some programs are pricier than others, but they’re still generally cheaper than hiring a professional, and you’ll spare yourself having to cram all those tax documents into your briefcase or a box and head off to your accountant’s office. Read More