April 15th, 2005

Crookshanks Words: Liddow


Okay, I have a question. How many of you do your own taxes?

I was speechless to find out that my coworkers were paying $200-300 to have someone else fill out an IRS 1040 and the equivalent New York State tax form on their behalf (and that does not include the $20-40 tip!).

Um... WTF? If I had $200-300, I would save up and go buy something at Louis Vuitton, not give it to H&R Block!

Now I understand that if you're a millionaire seeking tax shelters, then the advice of a tax accountant would be quite useful. However, these people are not that wealthy and are not getting "brilliant tax advice." I'm sure that would cost a hell of a lot extra. They're simply paying to have someone else fill out two 2-page forms!

I just don't get it.

Any thoughts?

ETA: For those filling out their tax forms out today, you can get the PDF versions of the forms via Google.
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