To be specific, I use TurboTax. It’s not perfect by any means, but it covers the topics I need for our tax situation which is more complicated than the typical one. That's due to our various revenue streams.
It gets the job done for a fraction of what it would cost me to go to an accountant, although the company is definitely trying to edge up the price in small increments that they seem to think we don't notice. So far, though, I've been satisfied enough with it to swallow those price increases.
But I've always been curious to see how much it costs to go to one of the tax services, such as H&R Block. I've always assumed it must be very cheap since so many of my friends – some of whom are struggling wage earners and have very simple returns – use them.
So I decided to do a little research into it.
And I was shocked at what I found.