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