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Tax Software or Human Accountant?

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Now that most of you have finished your taxes (hopefully), I’m curious as to whether you did them via computer software (e.g. TurboTax, etc.) or via a human accountant. Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani did a comparison this year of the two methods.

Personally, I’ve been using TurboTax for the past few years, but I have to admit that regardless of all the wizards and help screens, I still question whether I filled out certain portions correctly. I’m told that in general, hiring an accountant is more expensive, but when you think about it, you’re paying for your ease of mind.

Any opinions?


April 2, 2008 - Posted by | General, How-To, Software


  1. Humans FTW!!!

    I go to H&R Block every year.

    Comment by xraytech | April 2, 2008

  2. Taxcut for me for the last seven or eight years. I considered TurboTax, but then they had some malware, spyware complaints so I stuck with Taxcut. I have sometimes wondered what a tax accountant would find, but I typically seem to do alright.

    Comment by Morgan | April 2, 2008

  3. I’ve been using TurboTax for years and have been happy with the results. Granted, my taxes are very simple: One job, no dependents, no taxable investments, no home ownership. With a simple financial status like mine, going to an accountant would just be a waste of time and money when I can whip up my taxes in TurboTax in 30 minutes.

    Honestly, when I eventually do own a home and start doing some investing, I’ll most likely still do my own taxes with the help of some sort of software. I won’t worry about an accountant unless I get hugely rich and need help counting it all. 🙂

    Comment by Joe | April 7, 2008

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