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Shakopee Tax Expert Explains Why DIY And Taxes Don’t Mix

Using DIY Tax Software Can Come At A Price


Shakopee, MN. – The cost of tax preparation software goes beyond the initial purchase price. With the amount of taxpayer money that can get left behind and the IRS trouble tax software can cause, it may not be worth your time. Local tax preparer and expert Roger Menden gives some insight from an accounting perspective.

“Many of my clients have heard me say it, but we accountants like to joke to one another about how good these online software programs are for our business. Firstly, they are not as “easy to use” as claimed, and secondly ... they cost you an arm and a leg,” Menden said. “Folks come to us all of the time bringing in their prior year’s tax return, and end up amazed at how much of their money my staff and I are able to find for them.”
Selecting the wrong forms or filing method can place a taxpayer in line for an audit. Having a record that shows some IRS agent that there has been a discrepancy of some kind in the past doesn’t help.
“This might sound self-serving, but trusting a piece of software to point out possible deductions is just not the way to go,” McClaflin said. “The risk of losing money or getting audited is just too great. Unless you really know what you’re doing, DIY and taxes just don’t mix.”

Roger Menden and his business, R.Menden Accounting & Tax Service, offers tax services to individuals and small businesses. His professional staff has successfully served companies of all sizes for over 11 years. He enjoys helping individuals and families save money on taxes. Give him a call 952-445-8753, email or visit his website


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