So you’ve spent the last month dreading the thought of doing your tax return, but the day has come and you know it’s time to get it over with. You sit down and pull up your tax sofware, and start answering questions. Name? check Address? check….Then, you run into that question that you’re unsure about. It might be the number of deductions you can take, whether you are eligible for this credit, or how many business expenses you can claim. Whatever it is, you don’t want to get it wrong and have the IRS come knocking at your door. But, you have other work that needs to get done, and you just want to get this darn tax return over with!
When you can’t get a quick answer from the TaxQuips forum, here are three options you should consider that I’ve tried and tested over the years. Each one has its pros and cons.
All said and done, what you’re looking for is a quick, accurate, and affordable answer to your tax questions.
If you have the disposable income and are willing to pay for someone to do your taxes, hire an Enrolled Agent or CPA (make sure you do your due diligence!).
If you are willing to do the gritty work of reading and understanding the tax code yourself, use the IRS helpline.
If you just want an answer quickly for an affordable rate, go to Task.fm . (Click here to bookmark).
Note: TaxMama and graduates of TaxMama’s Online Enrolled Agent Exam Review Course are among the tax professionals prowling this site to provide answers for you.