Should I go with H&R Block, or find a "real" accountant?
January 10, 2007 6:56 AM Subscribe
My 2006 taxes are going to be complicated, for me at least. I had one full time job, and a ton of freelance gigs. I don't think I'll be able to muddle thru TurboTax like I have in past years. So, is H&R Block a good deal or should I find a "real" accountant?
posted by misanthropicsarah to work & money (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not richy-rich. I don't have any assets to speak of. I have one salaried full time job, and dozens of freelance gigs, for which I kept extensive records. I don't have a home office to speak of, though I did buy a lot of stuff (printer, office supplies, etc.) that I use only for the freelancing (and yes, I have the receipts).
Basically, I want to make sure I do everything as correctly as possible, to avoid getting audited (and maybe get some money back).
The past many years I've just used TurboTax, but since this will be my first time with freelancing and a possible home office on the books, I'd rather have a professional walk me thru doing the taxes.
Will H&R Block be good enough for my rather modest needs (meaning the people working there know what they're doing and will talk to me about my questions) or should I find a full time accountant with a permanent office and everything?
Bonus question: If it's decided by the hive mind that I should not use H&R Block, can you recommend a good Center City or South Philly accountant?