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Old 03-22-2015, 05:58 PM   #4071
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I would assume with the tax softwares preparers use these days errors are limited to clients' information they enter into the system
I was talking about before tax prep software was common.

With tax prep software there are a number of ways to go wrong. There are typos, of course. There is being unaware of deductions/credits. There is putting info on the wrong line of a form. There are times that some income usually goes on a specific line, but there are exceptions. I have professional software, so I can override in the cases of exceptions. Often, the software available for non-professionals won't allow those overrides.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:58 PM   #4072
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I tell people only to go to H&R Block if they have recommendation for a good tax preparer or as a last resort. I also tell a lot of people to see how they like filing online. We have a few sites that let you file online. All of them allow people below certain income thresholds (varies by product) to file for free. It's usually around $18,000 - 20,000 per year of family income.
If you are low income, filing on line is the only way to go. IRS now has a Spanish version for those whose English is not quite ready for it. Even IRS has folks available to give you free help. In English or any other language. You can sit down with a human.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:14 PM   #4073
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If you are low income, filing on line is the only way to go. IRS now has a Spanish version for those whose English is not quite ready for it. Even IRS has folks available to give you free help. In English or any other language. You can sit down with a human.
Not in all cases. Often it is better to get someone knowledgeable to do it through a free program. Some of the deductions/credits take a lot of reading to understand and are still clear as mud.

For example, Quebec has a refundable credit for seniors 70 or older. It's called "Tax Credit for Home-Support Services for Seniors". It allows seniors to get back a percentage of rent, grocery delivery fees, cleaning, gardening, and some other stuff. Most people don't even know this credit exists and if they do, they don't know all the stuff they can get a credit for. The form is a nightmare and not the least bit easy to fill in, even in software.

I recommend that anyone who does their own taxes, bring them to a good professional once every few years. The pro may well find a bigger refund. Then you can use the new knowledge to ask for amendments to previous years' returns and to use in future years.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:17 PM   #4074
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I'm tending to follow taxlady's advice.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:24 PM   #4076
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I'm tending to follow taxlady's advice.
Her advice is right on spot. But remember she works on Canadian Taxes. The rules may differ from our. And they certainly have a lot more deductions for the elderly than we do.
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I use H&R Block, the same person for the past several years. I trust him and he takes care of us brilliantly. While he was not recommended to me, I did take care of his Mother when she died. I am happy to give him my business.
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I use H&R Block, the same person for the past several years. I trust him and he takes care of us brilliantly. While he was not recommended to me, I did take care of his Mother when she died. I am happy to give him my business.
You got lucky in the luck-of-the-draw. I think you are wise to keep going back to this tax preparer.
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Her advice is right on spot. But remember she works on Canadian Taxes. The rules may differ from our. And they certainly have a lot more deductions for the elderly than we do.
That credit is actually only for Quebec. The QC government figured out that it was cheaper to help the elderly stay in their own homes than to put them in a retirement home.
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