DIY tax software is good for someone that doesn't a lot of money, and may have some minor itemized deductions. Other than that, you should have a professional prepare your tax return. Tax law changes every day, and licensed accountant's have to have continuing professional education every year to keep up with all of the changes. So we are up to date on what the laws are, and could probably find deductions that you weren't aware of. You would choose an accountant, by asking people that you trust for a referral. You should talk to a couple of accountants before you settle on one. Being able to communicate with your accountant, and having them assessable is very important, so you should consider that. In addition, make sure that there open year-round in case something happens when it's not tax time. Hope this helps Craig W. Smalley, E.A. - Admitted To Practice Before The Internal Revenue Service
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