According to Kim Luna-Miller of professional tax service Aalpha Oomega Enterprizes, do-it-yourself tax prep carries hidden costs and could turn out to be pricier than having a pro file them.
Luna-Miller says Americans shouldnt skimp on tax prep since proper filing could yield handsome returns.
She says amateurs often make mistakes and miss out on huge sums, like a recent client who filed her return herself and was only getting back $1,100 according to her calculations.
When Luna-Miller took a second look, she discovered that the woman was actually supposed to be getting back $7,000.
Since tax laws and regulations change about 345 times a week, Luna-Miller says its impossible for average folks to keep up with everything like the pros who file taxes right the first time.
If Americans still arent willing to pay a professional, Luna-Miller suggests they at least have them conduct a second opinion review of their forms, which most agencies do for free.
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