Doing a tax return is overly hard even if you are using the easy form (1040EZ).… Most people feel dyslexic just reading the first question.… People can’t help but feel that the government makes it hard so that you and I pay so called “Experts” like H&R Block to do it for us.
Paying a few dollars more to know that the job is done right might be worth it to some.
It is usually not worth it for people who make less than $40,000 a year.
Recently, a woman very near and dear to me that makes less than $25,000 a year went to H&R Block to have her taxes done.… The price of doing a simple tax return at H&R Block was over $140.00!…
Now this person who I love very much likes things simple.… She doesn’t have a car and walks to work.… She could find a higher paying job but likes the stress free style that comes with a small office where the employees care about each other.… There she is an important cog of a small business.… Some may say the American dream is to earn riches but this woman is rich in everything but money.… She loves to make stockings for everybody at Christmas, make the occasional crafts, take care of those around her and live in a quant All American town that still has cobblestone streets in some places.… She takes care of everything herself and spends her dollars wisely on the things she really needs.
H&R Block doesn’t care about this kind of thing, just the dollar, not the person.
There are sites like TaxAct.com (sponsored link) that charge a total of $15 file your taxes.… ($0 for Federal and $15 for State).
The woman in this story chooses the path of least resistance so instead opted to rely on the “Expert” who “Expertly” parted her and her money.… For me this is the last time and next year I will be taking her through doing it online at TaxAct or some other similar site.
Summary: Don’t let your friends or family waste money on H&R Block.… Help your grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle or elderly neighbor across the street or down the hall save a $100.00… by taking 15 minutes and guiding them through the online tax forms for them.