Filing Your Taxes
The IRS commissioner doesn't even do his own taxes. Should you? Financial expert David Bach explains the pros and cons.
By David Bach
Original Content | March 15, 2010
If you're a wage earner with run-of-the-mill deductions like mortgage interest, property taxes and childcare or educational expenses, there's no reason you can't do your taxes yourself. You can do your taxes completely on your own for free at IRS.gov or use a tax preparation software that costs anywhere from $20 to $50. There are dozens of programs and online tax-prep services to pick from, but your best bet is to stick with one of the three best-sellers: TurboTax, TaxCut and TaxACT. Regardless of which brand you choose, don't pay full price. Surf the Web and check ads in the Sunday paper for the best deals.
Consider doing your own taxes if: