February is winding down, and we now have pretty much all of the documentation that we’ll need to file our taxes. A few months ago I had resolved in my mind that this was the year we’d start using an accountant to prepare our taxes. I’ve used Turbo Tax for the past four or five years, and before that I did it entirely by hand. However, I’m now starting to waffle. Truth be told, I actually like preparing our taxes. I enjoy digging into the numbers and seeing everything firsthand. One of the main reasons I was going to use a pro this year is that our taxes will be more complex than normal — but that’s what’s so intriguing about them!
I also like the flexibility of not having to get everything pulled together and organized in advance. I have little doubt that if we use an accountant, I’ll forget at least a few forms or other pieces of documentation and will have to shuttle things back and forth before all is said and done. In contrast, when I’m preparing things myself and I run into a missing bit of information, I just take a break and hunt it down. While it ends up being somewhat of a marathon session, I can typically get it done in a long evening.
Hmmm… What’s a guy to do?