Donna & Jonathon,As a quick exercise I did a free TaxAct cut at the 1040 a couple ofdays ago just to see the DIY process (wasn't amused by the pounding toupdgrade ... but what do you expect for free? :) and it seemed easyenough and to cover rentals pretty well. And I'm sure they're all(TurboTax, H&RB, etc) about the same.The complexity of my return is about the same or less than yoursJonathon, only adding a 4825(Farm Rental) & 8889(HSA) and dropping acouple, so you're validating a bit what I think that my CPA's fee'smay be "tad" more than I could get if I did some shopping around.As far as information he gets, he sends an "Organizer" out where 99% of the blanks I've filled in are directly put into his program as I sitthere, and being the somewhat anal retentive engineer that I am, I'd betI'm in his top 10% of highly organized clients.On the depreciation items (there's a page & half since 1985 on theduplex) I'll make it project to pull out all the returns and go downthrough them individually and see the method used, which one's arestill active, and how they add up to this magic depreciation valuethat's put into the return each year.Sooooo, many thanks for the replies.One vote for DIY, and one for a more cost effective CPA.My greatest desire is to start doing them myself .... it'll probablybe the most $/hour I'll ever make at my current cost.I'm sure there will be discomfort on changing tax law ... oh well.Thanks again,Jerry
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