Many taxpayers have already begun preparing their documents, gathering their receipts or invoices and calculating their tax liability for filing season. But when it comes down to it, individuals should also ask themselves what their particular tax needs are before deciding whether to file themselves or visit a tax preparer.

Some individuals may choose to file their returns themselves; however, the cost of tax software can be expensive and generally rises in price as Tax Day gets closer. Therefore, individuals may choose to seek the assistance of a professional, which cuts down on filing errors and also gives taxpayers the opportunity to discuss key financial or tax issues.

Also, the tax rules for certain holdings relating to stocks, bonds, retirement and other investments can be confusing and change often. Professionals can give guidance on the most up-to-date legislation regarding these holdings, allowing individuals to maximize their tax savings. Consumers who choose to visit a tax preparer should make their appointment well in advance and ensure they bring all the pertinent information with them. Additionally, consumers who have questions regarding tax issues should take the opportunity to resolve them and change their financial behavior accordingly.

Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.