Three advantages to you for using me and my blog for your taxes
The thing is, anybody can do taxes. Even a computer can do taxes, as evidenced by the number of people who use Turbotax and other online and desktop programs that do just that. Shoot, you can even consult with a tax preparer online with Turbotax. You can even do your taxes for free.
So the question is, why should you bother to come to me, and pay me money for the privelege? What’s in it for you? Here’s three reasons.
1. We will develop a relationship
That will allow me to advise you ahead of time for things you need to do next year and the years after to minimize your tax burden. Even though the tax laws change each year, the basic pattern does not. As you and your family change over time, your taxes will too.
Your daughter starts college. Your son gets his first part time job. Perhaps your kids move back in with you bringing their kids along. Your father moves into a nursing home, or perhaps passes on. You lose your job, sell your house or start a business. See, life happens. Do you know how each of these events affect your tax bill? Do you know how best to minimize any negative impact or maximize a positive impact?
The only time Turbotax can answer those questions is after the tax year ends and you file your taxes. Working with me lets you deal with it ahead of time.
2. You will learn about things that will make you think.
Did you know that expenses for a hobby may be deductible? How about the miles you drive being the snack mom for your son’s swim team? Do you have to pay taxes on the inheritance you got from Aunt Millie?
Thing is, even if none of those specific events affect you, reading or hearing about them could make you wonder about related issues, or even start you thinking about something entirely different. So now you know to ask.
Will it save you money? The time to find out is before the tax year ends. After any given January 1, it’s too late for me or anyone else to do anything about it.
3. What if you get a letter from the IRS?
Call me and tell me about it. Send me a copy of it. Don’t pay anything until you know for sure you owe it.
I know your situation, what you’ve paid in the past, how your income has run. I can check out what the letter says. One of three things will happen.
First, it may just be a mistake made by the government. It happens all the time. They have been known to ignore information they already have. Sometimes they attribute stuff to the wrong people. Their computers crash. It may take some time, but we can show them the error of their ways.
Or, second, I may have made a mistake. If so, don’t worry, I’ll fess up to it. We’ll correct it and deal with the consequences. Don’t forget my guarantee. I’ll not only reimburse you for any penalty you have to pay, but I’ll also refund the fee you paid me (or do next year for free). Sorry, but you still have to pay the tax.
And, third, you may actually have made a mistake. Usually it’s a report you got that you didn’t give me, or some issue that makes a difference which you failed to tell me about. So, you will just have to pay up in that case. But two out of three aren’t bad.
There you have it. Three important reasons for having me do your taxes, or at least consult with me if you insist on doing them yourself.