Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 8
Guys & Gals,

While AL may have state tax fill-in PDFs, I strongly recommend you to NOT use them.

Instead, if you really are intent on doing your own taxes, cough up the cash and get either Taxcut or Turbotax for your federal return and for the respective state(s) in question. And then get their audit insurance while your at it.....

The problem with state fill-in form, even ones that do the math, is that you still have to know where to drop the numbers in on those form.

If your return has any kind of complexity, you're simply asking for trouble to attempt to complete these yourselves.

If I'm called biased b/c I have a CPA and a MS in Taxation, so be it. But if you've ever read either the Millionaire Mind or the Millionaire Next Door, you'll see how those people overwhelming involve their tax attorneys and tax CPAs to counsel them on a significant portion their finanacial matters. And if your say, "Well, I'm not a millionaire", then I would suggest that imitation would be a wise form of flattery in this case.

Fortunately, my practice is not built on cranking on 1040's by the bushel, a la an H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt. Most of their preparers have all of three months of training. But by all means feel free to use them. I've gotten a decent amount of business cleaning up their messes... but only if I think that ultimately I can save these people a lot of tax dollars in the future.

You see, CPA's and tax attorneys are not interested in being score keepers so much as travel guides. If we do our jobs correctly, the preparation of your tax return is the LEAST of the services we render to you. I save a lot of people a lot of money because I've finally been able to convince them to contact me BEFORE they engage in various business activities. It's an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure type of situation.

Sorry for the rant. But I'm always had to smile a little bit when I see people who wound never dream of cutting their own hair, which they would probably do at least 12X a year if they did do so, feel no hesitancy whatsover about preparing their own returns, which they only do once a year. Like I said, my practice avoided those 'easy returns' b/c I knew those people wouldn't appreciate the services that I could provide. Still, I just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in.


Print the post  


In accordance with IRS Circular 230, you cannot use the contents of any post on The Motley Fool's message boards to avoid tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.