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I have all my documents, but now the quandery of which company to go with. I was surprised that Walmart doesnt carry Turbo tax in the store this year. I always get crazy nervous before taxes. Last couple years I have been doing with H&R block. Last year I got drilled for $3000 for under paying my affordable Healthcare, even though I sent them my pay stubs to prove my income, and it doesnt change. I hate tax season, but don't want to pay almost $500 to have them done by pro. I've heard Turbo holds you hostage by extra charges down the line. Sounds like bait and switch. Anyone have advise? Who do you go to? I would be filing Deluxe either way

by on Feb. 3, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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MissAndree
by Ronita on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:08 PM
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We started using our guy back when I had my own business, and we have stayed with him since then.

Quoting Momtoone07: I own a business, so our taxes are quite complex, with a ton of write offs. My CPA charges 350.00. That includes doing my personal taxes, too.

Quoting MissAndree: We use a CPA, and have never been charged $500.
Momtoone07
by Gold Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM
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The money he saves us is well worth the 350.00. Plus, if your return is signed by a certified CPA, your chances of audit dramatically drop.

Quoting MissAndree: We started using our guy back when I had my own business, and we have stayed with him since then.

Quoting Momtoone07: I own a business, so our taxes are quite complex, with a ton of write offs. My CPA charges 350.00. That includes doing my personal taxes, too.

Quoting MissAndree: We use a CPA, and have never been charged $500.
DJDNY
by Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:21 PM

I agree.  We have been using the same CPA for years. 

Quoting Momtoone07: The money he saves us is well worth the 350.00. Plus, if your return is signed by a certified CPA, your chances of audit dramatically drop.
Quoting MissAndree: We started using our guy back when I had my own business, and we have stayed with him since then.
Quoting Momtoone07: I own a business, so our taxes are quite complex, with a ton of write offs. My CPA charges 350.00. That includes doing my personal taxes, too.
Quoting MissAndree: We use a CPA, and have never been charged $500.


gsmom9
by Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:21 PM

When we had a business I had a pro doing it. They were awesome, but retired and sold out to H&R block. They gave me a deal the first year as I was a devoted customer of Jim and Dianne, but informed me of the price jump the next year for the same taxes. Ouch

gsmom9
by Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:24 PM

We didn't own a business that last year it was done

Momtoone07
by Gold Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:26 PM
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I will probably get jumped all over, but after dealing with companies like H&R Block, and using an actual CPA, I believe the tax companies are scams. My CPA actually amended past years taxes and saved me money that H&R Blocked missed.

Quoting DJDNY:

I agree.  We have been using the same CPA for years. 

Quoting Momtoone07: The money he saves us is well worth the 350.00. Plus, if your return is signed by a certified CPA, your chances of audit dramatically drop.

Quoting MissAndree: We started using our guy back when I had my own business, and we have stayed with him since then.

Quoting Momtoone07: I own a business, so our taxes are quite complex, with a ton of write offs. My CPA charges 350.00. That includes doing my personal taxes, too.

Quoting MissAndree: We use a CPA, and have never been charged $500.

mylifemylove864
by Bronze Member on Feb. 3, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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I have used turbo tax for 10 years with no unexpected costs.
gsmom9
by Member on Feb. 4, 2018 at 8:59 AM

I went with Turbo tax. Took me exactly 2 hours, but I'm super paranoid when I do taxes. Check, recheck, check again. Went pretty good. They took almost $1000 for my affordable healthcare this year. I'm thrilled I can have insurance through my job for 2018. Affordable, my foot. At least I don't owe money and its done. Did it yesterday and when I checked my email, both fed and state had accepted it. Done. Yay. Thank you all for all the great advice

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Feb. 4, 2018 at 10:37 AM
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Only fees I remember are the cost of the software (it’s $49.99 at Target and another 10% off with cartwheel app, possibly a gift card too) and a few to e-file state. Federal e-file has been free, but not state. No fee for direct deposit.

Quoting jessilin0113:

I would do Turbo Tax, it walks you through all of that and recommends the correct deduction, you should only be charged the product fee, usually between $40 and like $80, depending on how complex your taxes are. You'll probably have the smaller one. Plus it does your state taxes, for another small fee. There might be one for direct deposit, I can't remember...I doubt you'd pay over $100 for everything. 

Quoting gsmom9:

The local H&R block office 3 yrs ago said it would be just shy of $500. It's not a complicated return. It's not like I have a business or have multiple jobs in different states and countries. No huge list of deductions except for child and mortgage stuff

codfish
by Silver Member on Feb. 4, 2018 at 12:46 PM
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We have used TurboTax for 20 years. We use the online which stores your part documents for you as well.

Of course they try to get you to upgrade and add things you don't need. They are a for profit company.

However, it walks you through everything and the most we have ever paid is $49. That was when my dh was self employed and the paperwork was much more in depth.
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