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Louisville CPA Discusses Risks of Tax Filing Software

Unintended consequences include losing money and inviting an IRS audit


LOUISVILLE, KY - Former Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, experienced first-hand the unintended consequences of using Do-It-Yourself tax filing software. There are risks involved, and Local CPA Kevin Roberts, CPA,offers some specifics.
“Unfortunately, it’s the case that hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars get missed by these softwares for filers. New clients come to me all the time surprised at what we’re able to find for them, well above and beyond what their tax software did. Even if you follow the instructions perfectly, there’s just something about having an expert reviewing your situation to get you the best return possible,” Roberts said.
Choosing an incorrect filing method or forms can also send red flags to the IRS for an audit. Keep a clean slate by making sure taxes are filed correctly the first time. This will limit the need for the IRS to investigate.  
“Yes, it may seem enticing and probably will look a bit cheaper to do it yourself,” Roberts noted. “But in doing so, remember that you’re trusting a piece of software to point out all possible deductions. You’re trusting it to help you file everything correctly as well. In my experience and after the number of incorrect returns I’ve seen, it’s just not a risk I’d be willing to take.”

Kevin Roberts, EA owns Roberts CPA Group, with three locations in Louisville and surrounding areas. His team provides individual tax services and accounting support to families and businesses in the Louisville area. Give him a call (502) 426-0000, email or visit his website


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