I remember being a kid and watch my dad do the family’s taxes. I remember our dining room table covered and overflowing with various papers and documents. It seemed like he was there for weeks.
In the U.S., assuming that the government can get its act together enough to stay open for any period of time, it’s tax season. From now until mid-April, this is a particular type of griping season, where people complain about taxes, lament their incomes, and generally whine in that way that people do in order to feel a sense of connectedness with others.
(See also: “It’s almost Friday.” “Man, traffic is so terrible here.” “I’m too busy to take any time off work.“)
Anyway, taxes. They are a burden to prepare of course. It takes time, energy, and the organization required to get a bunch of documents together and filled out properly.
All of which begs the question: is it worth it to do your own taxes, or have them done for you?[Read more…] about Should you do your own taxes?