Originally Posted by snoopy
My wife does them.
Actually, she's quite good, with college accounting courses and experience as treasurer of a non-profit organization. She likes doing taxes. Before we were married she took her taxes to H&R Block. After doing that for a couple years she found ways to avoid even more tax doing it herself. She filed amended returns and never looked back.
I feel very fortunate.
Once you learn off the H&RBlock type people, you realise how easy it is... As long as you don't do too tricky stuff like try to deduct every single thing including a Starbucks cookie.
When I was last in the US, they had a standard deduction amount, that helps you NOT have to itemize your deductions. That makes things hella easy.
It's keeping all the bloody tiny receipts that is the killer in doing taxes and stuff, not the actual filing, sometimes.
If you sell properties and shares though the capital gains (depending on state and country, etc.) may require an accountant.
Also if you plan on backdating options or receiving backdated options you'll need to hire Al Gore to head an inquiry to clear/cover your ass. Yes, not that backdating is wrong, but you want to report it correctly, etcc, etcc, etcc. Al Gore. He's the man. He'll save the planet and help you stay out of jail.