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Des Moines Tax Expert Explains How To Avoid A Tax Trap

The real cost of trusting your taxes to software


DES MOINES, Iowa – Using that tax software this year may have seemed like a good idea, but for taxpayers who unknowingly chose the wrong method or incorrect forms in filing taxes, families may now be in the line-up for an IRS audit. Local tax expert, Jim McClaflin details the risks. 

“In using these softwares, it’s easy to snag a few filing errors. The tax code is terribly complex. It shouldn’t be, but it is. And because of that, it’s so important to have a professional that knows the ropes. A tax software can seem great, but it’s those little errors that start to stack up and can really quickly lead to an IRS audit. What’s more, when the IRS letter does show up in your mailbox, you’re left to deal with the mess on your own,” McClaflin said.  

It might seem cheap on the surface, but tax filing software can also leave quite a bit of your money behind.
“No matter how well you follow the instructions included with your software, things inevitably get missed. It just goes hand in hand with trusting a software to deal with the complexities of the tax code. If you used a tax software this year, it couldn’t hurt to connect with a local tax professional,” McClaflin added. “If they’re worth their salt, they’ll be able to help you correct your return, and maybe even be able to get you some extra cash in the process.”

Jim McClaflin, with his business Accounting & Tax Professionals, provides financial services to both individuals and businesses. Give him a call (515) 986-5843, email or visit his website


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