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The Dangers Of Using Taxes Preparation Software And ways to Avoid Them

Tax preparing is often a very challenging chore. But it is something that must be done. Those varieties and information must be prepared for submission for your sustenance of the government and the nation, as well as personally, to avoid virtually any legal complications that could result from our disappointment to forward these in time. But with all the things you have to collate, with the details you have to fill, it has become customary for many individuals to take the day on make their essential tax preparation. This means that more and more people are depending of tax preparing software to do the rather menial job for these.

Tax preparation software does what the name implies: helps prepare your tax specifications for the fiscal 12 months. Simply put, tax planning software would allow you to do those demanding tasks with relative ease.

So in the event you use one? That is a question that will need further examine. The fact is, not all duty programs are built likewise. Some are simply better than other people. And in the event that you choose second-rate software for the purpose, you could encounter rough sailing ahead.

Lets take a look the reason why some tax computer software fails.

* Taxes are susceptible to a lot of changes with regards to their computations. Some taxes preparation software is not capable of calculating these changes, and you may miss out on some substantial deductions. As an outcome, you might have to pay greater than what you should.

* Some essential questions that would qualify you for tax deductions aren’t built into most duty software. Questions about employees type of pension, maintenance of an inventory is likely to house, conducting most of the activities in the family home, compliance with the U . s . Disability Act and more are often absent in most tax preparation software program. These are items which gives you amazing deductions that you could otherwise make use of for other demands of your budget.

* Some software is not necessarily updatable. Hence, they cannot alter with applicable taxes reform measures. Once duty laws change, such software would be made obsolete.

There is no doubt which tax preparation software program would greatly assist you in easily preparing your taxes – but you have to choose the right plan for the task! And the very best tax preparation software program would be one that might change with the times and include the most extensive inquiries that would cover the essential items that would ultimately redound to your benefit.

Comments: 48

  1. tax preparation denver November 4, 2012 at 6:51 am Reply

    Very interesting. I think you made valuable and valid points in this writing. I agree with you one hundred percent and am glad I had the opportunity to read this.

  2. Issac August 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I am thinking about going to Jackson Hewitt or one of the many other tax preparation businesses for tax classes. I am already waiting for a representative to get back to me, but I was wondering what are the fees associated with enrolling in a tax school.

  3. Garrett October 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply

    I’m taking a class on Individual Income Taxes. I need to complete a very complicated tax return.

    Can you recommend a good tax preparation software that doesn’t cost a small fortune.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    I appreciate it.

  4. Vergie October 5, 2013 at 1:35 am Reply

    Are there free tax preparation websites that do not ask for SSN and credit card info?

    If yes, which of such websites don’t ask me to enter my SSN and my credit card info?

  5. See October 24, 2013 at 5:09 am Reply

    I have always had my uncle do them, but went to a tax preparation place this year because my cousin told me she got extra back for being a student. I received $1500 more than usual due to being a student. I have been in school for several years, can I have past taxes revised to receive this credit on old filings? Thanks!

  6. Stacee October 25, 2013 at 7:35 am Reply

    My gf babysits, somehow she is getting 2400 back in taxes. My x is on disability and doesn’t work. She is also getting a tax refurnd

    I do my own tax preparation, but I just don’t get this

  7. Marianela November 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I know about the pros and cons overall in terms of business. But specifically which is best for a tax preparation business?

  8. Morgan December 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I am a tax preparer but the company I work for only permits one free tax preparation, namely my own. I want to prepare taxes for family and friends, free of charge, who would otherwise have to pay hundreds of dollars to file their returns. Is there some software I can buy that will allow me to prepare MULTIPLE tax returns (fed + state)? Thank you for your help.

  9. Catarina December 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    I need to know about Tax Preparation outsourced. How to find the best one .

  10. Elmira December 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I will be opening a tax preparation service next year. what software can I use as a small business owner to best serve my clients?

  11. Alfredo January 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply

    My husband and I file our taxes in early February through a tax preparation company. We usually get them back within a month. Now if this tax rebate President Bush aproved won’t be mailed out for another two months, then that doesn’t make sense. Will it be deducted from what we would normally get back?

    What is the point of doing this now if everyone will be filing their taxes within the next couple months anyway?

  12. Vina January 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm Reply

    I want to learn more about tax preparation and to find a website where I can calculate my W2’s and other people’s. Is it illegal for me to charge 5 dollars or so to complete other people’s taxes that I know. I need a website that is easy to follow. I don’t want to do hard tax returns, just learn the basics and to be able to charge people for my services in getting them sent in. Any information will be helpful.

  13. Juan January 6, 2014 at 3:08 am Reply

    When someone gets their income taxes done (specifically in Ohio) is there a sales tax that is added to the cost of the preparers fees. If so is it charged on the total amount due/refunded or on the charge for the tax preparation itself?

  14. Camelia February 22, 2014 at 5:09 am Reply

    I need to file taxes for 2005, 2006 and 2007. I have been trying to do it on my own but am so confused because I have to go long form from owning a business during 2005 and 2006 with basically no profit on them. I am looking for a reliable free service online.I don’t mind paying for the e-file though if needed. Any suggestions.
    Every tax preparer I have spoke with wants 150-200 and I dont have it. Especially this time of year with 5 kids, but now that some things have been handled I really need to get it all done asap and before there are any penalties assessed.

  15. Kellee February 22, 2014 at 5:09 am Reply

    I am filing my tax’s this year for the first time and I was wondering how much a place like H&R bock would charge me for this service? And or if I did a e-file would it be faster or just as fast as the company above? And I was reading about a earned income tax credit for people whom made less then 15,000 for the year of 2008. And I fall in that category and was trying to figure out if I can apply for that tax credit. Or what the qualifications are? And also noticed that there is a extra kick if you didn’t get the full 600 dollars last year for the stimulus and they are giving you extra now? If so do I ask H&R bock about this service or ect? Thank you for all the information.
    I am single live on my own no kids.
    And I may consider other options too as
    liberty tax’s ect.. to do my return.

  16. Kimberley February 22, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    I am thinking of relocation to the states – seen on a few sites questions regarding tax preparation?

    what is this?

    is this not, like in the UK, calculated via your wage from your company?

    will my company deal with this?

    if not is this a big task?

  17. Trudi February 22, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    can anyone tell me the best tax preparation company in phoenix az. I need someone to do my business taxes and my individual taxes for 2013. I am familiar with the tax preparation software but I would rather hire a small business mom and pop shop to do my taxes for me. Can anyone tell me one that they know that is trustworthy and has references. I appreciate you guys help

  18. Gwyneth February 22, 2014 at 7:48 am Reply

    i always do me and my husband’s taxes. i worked at a place that did taxes (which i did taxes there to). i want to start doing people’s taxes in my home. how do i go about doing it. i know i should take a course first, but then what. what software do i use? can i just go to turbo tax or get another software that i can just go to from my desktop? how can i be able to try to get people’s refunds the next day or same day? that is the thing i am most confused on. please help.

  19. Nikia March 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply

    I want to open my own income tax preparation business but I’m getting different answers from different people. I went on the H&R Block website, it says I need to complete a 60 hour course. Then I talked to a representative from He told me that I don’t need to complete any course and don’t need to be certified or anything. He said I just need to contact the IRS and request a PPIN #. Which one is correct? am I require to take courses or just need the PPIN #? Any advice will be great. Thanks. I live in California, Fresno.

  20. Bernardo March 7, 2014 at 3:11 am Reply

    I am using an online tax preparation service, and in boxes 15-20 on my W2 there is info above and below the dotted line. For example, there are two entries in Box 20, Locality Name, above and below the dotted line. Are these two different entries I need to enter in the tax preparation form?

  21. Gregory March 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm Reply

    I have never purchased tax preparation software before and am lost in a sea of quicken, turbo tax, and an assortment of other programs. No one program seems to get a great review and was wondering if anyone out there had any suggestions. Thanks!

  22. Mechelle March 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm Reply

    I’m daring to do my own taxes this year since my accountant retired. I have a normal 40 hour per week job, but also have self employment income as well. I am also a home owner. Most friends have recommended TurboTax Home & Business, which runs at $74.95. I did some checking and H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt have comparable programs, but for a good amount less, around $49.95. Anyone have any advice?? Thanks!

  23. Kellye March 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I have heard only good things from people who have filed their taxes with Turbo Tax online. But, my husband feels that paying and going somewhere professional means that we will get more money back. I disagree, but neither of us have ever filed for taxes before so we don’t have experience. What’s your opinion on the matter and have you ever filed with Turbo Tax before? We don’t have deductions, no kids, we are young, he is going to work and school and I am self-employed and not filing. If any of that helps..


    P.S. Should he file married jointly, etc. What should he put as his status when he files?

  24. Felton March 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm Reply

    I would like to start my own tax business. I have my CPA and 4 years of experience working in tax with a big 4 firm. I love my firm but have always dreamed of owning my own business. I would appreciate any advice from anyone, whether or not you personally have traveled down this route. I am worried about getting clients. I do not not know where to begin. I also have been saving my money for this transition, but would love to get an estimate of how much such a venture would cost. I have worked with both individuals and corporate tax. Which route would be smarter, or would a mixture of both be the best case scenario? Finally, should I stick to just tax or add in bookkeeping or some other financial service as well? I figure since there are specific busy seasons in tax it might be good to have more work at other points in the year.

    Thanks for all your help!
    Meant to add that I am in the Philadelphia, PA region.

  25. Clorinda April 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

    The info on the IRS website is fine and dandy, but taxes are serious. They want everything just right, and have all of these requirements and standards.

    Are there free classes available where they inform us on properly filing taxes? The government wants taxes done a certain way so I would assume they provide classes on how to do this? If it is left up to me to figure out does that mean I can just do them however I want and they will correct it for me?

    I just assume if they can put it on me I can put it back on them. That way we’ve got each other’s backs right?
    properly preparing*

  26. Belle April 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Hi, I’ve always kind of had an interest in tax preparation, and was wondering in what might be a good route to go. I’ve already got a B.A. I’ve heard of the majors like HR Block, Jackson-Hewitt, Liberty, etc. But was just wondering if anyone has any advice who’s been there? Is it possible to start a preparation business on your own, or do you need to be an accountant? I was looking at an associate’s in accounting technology if that’s necessary. Thanks!
    I do have a BA but correct, not in accounting…I was looking at some online classes, one of which kind of covers the basics in accounting through accounting technology, in the form of a certificate. I think they offer an associate’s as well. Or would it be better to get some study guides for the SEE and take it from there?

  27. German April 17, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Any opinions on what tax preparation companies are the best to work with? Need my income taxes filed and this is the first time I am going with an actual preparer. Wondering which one was the best to work with and lower fees?
    Thanks for all of the advice given. I know how to do the basic tax returns, however, my husband is in the military and now the tax returns have gotten a bit more complicated. I am looking to find a company that I can trust and wont just take a bunch of our money.

  28. Hal April 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply

    I’ve gone to hnr block and TurboTax.

  29. Esperanza April 23, 2014 at 6:22 am Reply

    I whent to H&R block they told me I would only get back $430, then a buddy of mine told me to go to his moma pop shop tax services and they got me back $1200. Why can one get more than the other. I am fileing the short form and both made the same inputs and such but got different results… why?

  30. Everett April 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Online Tax Preparation Courses?

  31. Valentine April 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

    What do i need to know and do you have any advice?
    I have been doing taxes for years since i was 15 it first started with my parents’ taxes then family then friends then friends of friends
    im doing reserch on the software and i have my ptin # from irs and a small business loan
    i asked this question before i guess not the right way
    i dont want to be a tax consultant i just want to prepare taxes during tax season

  32. Raelene May 10, 2014 at 12:53 am Reply

    I’m ready to jump from engineering (boring) into a full time career in tax preparation. I just love taxes to the core of my very being (don’t bother telling me how weird I am, I know already).

    There are many options and I want to hear from career tax people which they feel is the best and why? I want pros and cons. I’m also interested in potential annual salaries.

    1) Full time job with a large firm like H&R Block, but not as a manager or any other job where you don’t do many actual returns.

    2) Tax firm franchise owner…should I purchase an existing office or start a new one.

    3) Hang out a shingle and start my own office or partner with someone else who has done this, learn from them, then buy them out.

    I have enough cash to weather a few years of low income, but I am not interested in an extended dry spell. Also, do I need a CPA degree or just an EA?

    What do you do in the summer months to stay busy?

    Thank you all for your time.

  33. Felisa May 10, 2014 at 2:09 am Reply

    I am in TEXAS!.

    Ok so I will start doing peoples’ taxes as an official tax preparer but I would like to know:

    1. If I do prepare tax returns and charge fees WITHOUT using a business name, just my self, do I have to charge and pay a Sales Tax on every return?

    2. If not then if I DO form a business entity (a company) do i have to charge and pay Sales tax on every return?
    @Tro – I am aware of the regulations and rules, and I am registered as a tax preparer as well.

    @Bostonian in MO – I am very familiar with my state’s taxes. I own a janitorial company and we do charge/pay Sales Tax since I am using my corporation to do that type of business BUT what I want to know is that if I do tax preparation on the side without using a business name just myself at home, am I subject to the Sales Tax? The links you provided don’t really answer the question. It does say some services and it does say businesses subject to it but it doesn’t say anything about personal income, etc.
    @Bostonian in MO – I will only do 1040’s for now.

  34. Britany May 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

    A few years ago I worked at a tax center and I LOVED it. I was forced to do it by my unit while I was in the Army and absolutely hated it at first. I was clueless, scared, and worried I’d make too many mistakes and even my supervisor had not faith in me at first. But by the end of the tax season I had completely proven him and myself wrong and discovered that I wouldn’t mind being a tax preparer someday. Although I prepared taxes for a season I was no expert, especially with the more difficult ones such as owning a business, stocks, etc. But I was an expert at preparing simple tax returns and pretty good at itemizing. So I was wondering if I could start a business preparing simple tax returns for those who only have a couple W-2’s, 1099’s, child care expenses, and maybe a house. Aside from having experience for only that one tax season, I have been preparing my own taxes since then and have never made a mistake, I also plan on pursuing a degree in Accounting and perhaps volunteering somewhere to learn all I can about taxes. Basically I plan on starting out small doing preparing simple tax returns at a low cost and hopefully turning it into something bigger after I become more skillful. Is this a good idea and how would I go about attracting customers? Do you think I could make a profit by preparing simple tax returns?

  35. Manie May 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

    tampabayalive your answer was right on the Money! thanks youre completely right . I will just wait instead of trying to get the money faster . I still had to end up waiting anyway(4 weeks ) to be exact!

  36. Dario May 12, 2014 at 12:36 am Reply

    Hi, I’ve always kind of had an interest in tax preparation, and was wondering in what might be a good route to go. I’ve already got a B.A. I’ve heard of the majors like HR Block, Jackson-Hewitt, Liberty, etc. But was just wondering if anyone has any advice who’s been there? Is it possible to start a preparation business on your own, or do you need to be an accountant? I was looking at an associates in accounting technology if that’s necessary. Thanks!

  37. Leonel May 12, 2014 at 12:36 am Reply

    I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Admin. I am looking for temporary work because I know that I am moving in approximately 7 months. The opportunity to work for People’s Tax as a tax professional has come up. However, I am wondering if such places (like H&R Block and Liberty Tax) are considered to be a joke in the accounting world; also if putting such an employer on my resume would actually put it in an unfavorable light. I know that a job is a job to some people, but not to all. I am hoping to get a salaried position after moving as an administrative assistant or entry-level tax professional.
    This is why Jessica will be working retail for the rest of her life. She’s already so embittered with her lot that she must troll through Yahoo Answers and post negative comments so everyone will be as miserable as she is.

  38. Ai May 16, 2014 at 12:11 am Reply

    I live in Northern Virginia, USA. This is for personal taxes, I’m not a business or an owner. BUT PRICE IS DEFINITELY NOT AN ISSUE AS LONG AS I’M GETTING…

    – Mainly automated service, but human help available if I really need it
    – Can do federal and state taxes easily and correctly
    – Up to date
    – A good history of reliability

    Is there such a thing as a guarantee that you won’t get an audit or else your money back? That would be a dream come true, but I know I’m not that fiscally lucky, so.

  39. Brett May 18, 2014 at 8:01 am Reply

    I want a software that has an online interface and allows me to have multiple users. I am in the process of starting a small tax preparation business and want about 20-30 preparers. I want each preparer to be able to login and have their individual progress tracked similar to OLTPRO, but is there anything better out there?

  40. Pearle May 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm Reply

    The fee is 27.95 (E File Included). But I’m wondering am I going to have to pay the 14.95 for using Turbo Tax online on top of the state preparation fee or does the 27.95 cover everything. Thanks in advance.
    Not really what I was asking.

  41. Edna May 25, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply

    I work for a real estate property management company.

    Every month the clients of our firm receive the following:

    Profit & Loss on their rental property
    Balance Sheet
    Rent Roll
    Copy of Bank account reconciliation
    Notes the explain the accounting treatment of certain expenses.

    Now it is tax time and the CPA’s are driving me nuts.

    Some of them want copies of every monthly bank reconciliation. Why?

    Some of them want copies of IRS form W-3 to prove the wages paid to employees. Excuse me but a W-3 does not prove wages were paid. Canceled checks prove that.

    One CPA called and yelled at me yesterday because her P&L did not match my P&L. I had to tell a CPA her P&L won’t match mine because my P&L has every single expense on it including expenses that are not deductible for tax purposes. Deductible or not, the expense was incurred and paid. Our P&L flags the expenses we believe are non deductible.

    These CPA’s are doing full audits in my opinion.

    Other tax preparers rarely ask for the above documents. They seem to put more trust in their clients or they know their clients are responsible for any under reporting of income.

    Can anyone tell me why these CPA’s are plugging away at every nickel and penny? It is annoying.

  42. Bruno May 29, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply


    I purchased Turbo Tax premier(fed + efile + state) from amazon for 59.99 USD.
    I just found online that TAXAct Deluxe(the product with investments is called Deluxe by TAXAct) is
    available for 17.95.

    Does anybody know how good TAXAct software is?
    Given the price, I regret purchasing TurboTax for 59.99.

  43. Hugo May 30, 2014 at 11:34 am Reply

    I went to Jackson Hewitt to do my taxes last nite,as I do every year,I was surprised when the Tax guy told me how much i suppose to get from federal,the amount was almost 600 dollars shorter than the last year return,State was the same, When I ask him why I was getting less money this year He said because the last year the federal government gave a little “help” to the people in their tax return something that is not happening this year, I wonder if all this is true or he just told me this just to give me an answer…do you know anything about this?.
    I got the EIC,and the information from last year tax preparation was exactly the same for this year with the only one difference that i made more money this year(about 1000 dollars more if that),more reason for me to think that i should have received more money or at least the same as the last year.
    Thank you.

  44. Barrett June 3, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply


    I’m An Accountant in Need of a professional tax preparation software. Can anyone recommend one ?

  45. Chas June 5, 2014 at 2:54 am Reply

    I’m an accounting major, and I just moved to a different borough of NYC so I tried to switch colleges. Things didn’t work out, I missed the deadline for the Student Loans, so I have to pay 500 upfront to validate my classes. Not gonna happen.

    So I have to do something with myself while I wait for the next semester or I’m going to go insane. Also, I’m trying to pay off some debts, so I became interested in the H&R block tax course.

    Now, the course costs 275.00 in my area, and there is a disclaimer that says enrollment or completion of this course does not guarantee employment. Given the current economic situation, and your own personal experience if you or you know someone who has worked at H&R block as a tax preparer, what do you think my chances are of landing a position at tax season? (I’m aware this will cause a schedule overlap between the next semester of school, and working at H&R block, just thinking things through at this point).

    Also, if you have the information, what is the going pay rate for a beginning tax preparer. I thought that this would give me some valuable job experience and perhaps extra money to get out of debt during my down time. What do you think?

  46. Marlyn June 13, 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    can anyone tell me where to find a step by step business tax preparation for the state of florida? i live in miami dade county and own a small business. i want to do taxes myself. is there any guide that can explain and guide me trough this process?

  47. Sherill June 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Which field is better to find the job? Account or Tax preparation in Bay Area?

  48. Raelene June 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm Reply

    I am a stay at home mom. Will we get more back for our tax refund because my husband now has 3 dependents with one income?
    Also, I am curious about the H & R Block instant loan. Do they do it if you have your W2 to go off of instead of a pay check stub?

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