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Tax Filing

Every year, I wonder - should we go to H&R Block, should we find an accountant, should we use Turbo Tax, or should we just wade through the mess ourselves? If I had the time without the kids to worry about, maybe I could dedicate a few hours and do it myself. Right now, that's not an option.

So, can you recommend an accountant? Or should I just use Turbo Tax?

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My husband is a CPA who specialized in Tax before he went to private accounting. He does not know any CPAs who have stayed in Public Accounting in the Portland metro area (I asked him for Olivia).

The Turbo Tax software is what he uses for us, plus you can also file directly on-line with the IRS website.

I would like to suggest Taxactonline.com. My brother found it and told me about it a few years ago. I have used it the last three years at least. It is great, and it's free, unless you want them to file it for you, and keep your info so you can download it next year. If you do want them to file, I think it's 14.95 for federal filing (it used to be 9.95, but I think it went up) and there is another charge for state filing. The first time I used it I had already done my taxes myself, and when I used taxact I saved a ton of money because of things I hadn't realized I could include. I have used it for regular income, self-employment income, and household employment taxes (for a nanny we hired), all without any problems. I haven't been to their site yet this year, but as far as I know it's still free if you don't have them file for you.

P.S. Last year a friend of mine used the site for the first time, and she was nervous about it so she ran it through her parents' turbo tax, and it came out exactly the same.

Turbo tax online has been so useful for us for the past 5 yrs or so. We absolutely love it! It's totally in line with the IRS website. I always, always recommend it! Plus, you get your refund way faster.

Turbo tax online has been so useful for us for the past 5 yrs or so. We absolutely love it! It's totally in line with the IRS website. I always, always recommend it! Plus, you get your refund way faster. by the way, I'm in the Rose City neighborhood.

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