One of my neighbors was heading out last year to drop off a folder with his taxes at a Tax Prep office when I asked why he didn't do his own. "Well, I have the condo mortgage to claim," he said as though that made a difference. I explained that I, too, have a mortgage although the interest does not even make a dent in the standard deductions for our property values. He was intrigued. "I can show you how to do your own and save that hundred or so dollars." He was even MORE intrigued.  

There are exceptions, of course, for those with complicated tax cases or much higher incomes than ours where paying the preparers make sense.

Peter and I are using Free Tax USA which is free for the federal (and automatic deposit to checking accounts in about eight days) and we file our local and State taxes online, also for free, through the applicable web sites.

Here is the link to the IRS Free File tab that will become active in January 2019 to determine if you qualify...

My wife and I have filed (free) online for over fifteen years now with absolutely NO issues. Your mileage may vary but we save well over $100 per year with the do-it-yourself option.

https://www.irs.gov/filing/fre...deral-taxes-for-free

 

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I also have been doing my own taxes for well over 20 years. It's a money saver if you know what you are doing. This up coming year will be a bit different due to tax changes but probably simpler for those who know how to do them.

Lisa Eichinger posted:

I also have been doing my own taxes for well over 20 years. It's a money saver if you know what you are doing. This up coming year will be a bit different due to tax changes but probably simpler for those who know how to do them.

What tax changes will be different this upcoming year @Lisa Eichinger

There are no more exemptions for each person, the standard deduction has increased, the tax rate has decreased, and W2 employees can no longer deduct unreimbursed work expenses, to name a few.

In Florida and maybe other states AARP offers free tax prep/filing for anyone in the community. We have used this service for years.

 

I have only ever done my own taxes. IRS website has great resources if you need assistance and I pay a minimal fee for Turbotax for extra guidance.

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