Feb 21, 2014

Is It Worth It To Hire A CPA For Tax Season?


Is It Worth It To Hire A CPA?  Here are several factors to consider!!

Tax season is here!

It’s time for W-2s, 1099s, and wayyyy too many receipts.

Four years ago, Ryan was laid off on April 7th, a little over a week before taxes were due.  I had been making a part-time income from Surviving The Stores at that point but had kept up with nothing.  And I mean that.  Absolutely nothing.

Does anyone find it hard to believe that I was an accounting major in college?  It was 100% completely the wrong major for me… I’m not a “rule-follower”, I’m not naturally organized, and I’m not a planner.  Really, what was I thinking!?

I’m so thankful for my organized, planner, rule-follower husband.  He came in that week and completely cleaned up my mess, got all of our taxes filed on time, and we got a great refund that year!  While I wasn’t thrilled about the layoff (at least, not at the time), he completely saved us by taking care of all of the tax stuff.

But then we started working on growing Surviving The Stores more and had all of the tax craziness that comes from owning your own business.  We decided to hire an accountant and haven’t looked back.  Our amazing accountant has been worth EVERY single penny.

So when should you hire a CPA? I personally never want to be without one again!

Times to Consider Hiring a CPA

  • You own your own business.
  • You have gone through a major life change like getting married, spouse dying, divorce, a new baby, retiring, or your purchased a new home.
  • You own rental property.
  • You suspect you owe too much or you question your refund.
  • You want to make sure you are getting the maximum amount possible.

One of my favorite financial authors, Dave Ramsey, did a survey on his Facebook page on tax refunds.  The fans who used a CPA got an average of $841 MORE on their tax return than those who filed themselves.

I really don’t even want to think about how much more we could’ve gotten that year of the layoff if we would’ve just gone straight to a trusted CPA in the first place.

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I was talking to a friend of mine the other week whose husband had decided to do their own taxes this year and came up with an amount to the tune of thousands of dollars that they owed.  She decided to take it to a CPA instead and the CPA found several things to tweak. They ended up getting a refund instead!  (whew!)

If you do not own a business or rental property and you just take the standard deduction each year then you possibly could save the cost of a CPA.

However, if you are a business or property owner and/or have experienced a life change and/or claim deductions for work, child care, or medical bills, you likely will want to consult a professional to ensure you are not overpaying or to secure the highest refund possible.

If you’d like to simplify your life and maximize your refund this year, Dave Ramsey’s nationwide network of tax ELPs can help. Each of their ELPs has passed an extensive approval process so you know you’ll be working with the best tax professionals in your area.

Find a tax pro you can trust today!

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  1. Definitely! My husband is oilfield and works in several states in a year where we have to file taxes in each. Easier to pay someone else to figure it out.

  2. My husband is a CPA. It is most definitely worth it.

  3. Chastity Swinford says:

    I agree with you 100%, our CPA has made our life so much easier. We have a trucking business.

  4. This is definitely worth the investment. SAves you money in the long run and HUGE headaches!!

  5. I´ve never done my own taxes nor do I want to and I took a taxes class. There are too many options and too many solutions to one problem, Im glad to spend the extra money and be sure my taxes are done properly.

  6. A must! Especially if you are self employed or own your own business.

  7. Yes! Our CPA asked for things I didn´t even know I needed to include. He also knew all the current tax laws, something I know nothing about.

  8. Definitely worth it!

  9. You touched on a few things I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing, Rach!

  10. Unless I had investment income, I wouldn´t use a CPA. I am able to run a report on Quicken that gives me all the info I need. Got my own taxes done in about an hour and a half using Turbo Tax.

  11. umm, yes!

  12. Yes !!! We own our own business and she helped us alot .. especially with write offs I didn´t know about 🙂

  13. Only if you have complex tax issues otherwise its so simple a 5 yr old could do 1040ez taxes

  14. A good CPA knows what rules to bend and to make suggestions for you to structure next year for the maximum deductions. Ladies, sell a little something (Avon/Candles/Tupperwear) a few times a year and you can write off sooo much. Men, mow a few lawns and same thing.

  15. If your taxes are simple. Turbo tax is perfect. Now with some rental properties we couldn´t do it without our CPA!

  16. We use a CPA and she is worth every penny we pay. We used to do our own taxes years ago but that was before we had our own business, now I wouldn’t want to do them ourselves.

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