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This is my first year working (was previously a student). This will be my first year claiming taxes, and want to get the biggest refund possible (don't we all!). Should I pay somebody like H&R Block to do it for me, or attempt it myself online?
We are sort of complicated..I was single and claiming both my children as dependents all year...but married in August. Would it be better to file married filing seperately or married filing jointly? DH worked for part of the year (we have his W2 as well as mine), and then claimed unemployment from September-December. He pays child support (can you write that on your taxes?) AND he adopted my children this past year, finalized in December, someone told me we could write off the adoption fees on our taxes? Just curious! Also, DH was a part time student all year long and paying for classes.
Ugh its all just so complicated!
Momma to Alex (2005), Cadence, (2008), Ethan (2010), Brayden (2012), and Adrianna Elise due September 19th 2014
I'd also get a CPA (not the H&R block as they've told my dad stuff that is incorrect). Thankfully, my FIL is a CPA. There are a bunch of education credits and other stuff its just easier for us to let FIL figure it out.
Proud Mommy To My Princess (5)
Watching over us -- August 2005, March 2010, October 2010, July 2011
For the record I work for Block and I am plenty educated and knowledgable, so we're not all bad. But I always recommend going where you are comfortable. Calling around to CPA's as well as checking out non-profits won't hurt anything. CPA firms, Block, and all the rest are like anything in life. There are always people who don't know what they are talking about and always ones that do.
Cindy (Me) and Mark (DH) Parents to
Jamie Deborah Diane born 11/27/07
Alyssa Noel born 12/16/02 and Kaitlyn Marie born 05/27/10