There are things that I’m probably capable of doing that I prefer to pay someone to do for me. One of those things would be tax preparation.
I have several friends who tease me for paying to have someone else do my taxes. I think the joke is on them. I’m not just paying for someone to do my taxes. I’m also paying for peace of mind.
You see, I can tend to be a worrier. It’s one of my flaws that I recognize and am working on.
I could spend hours toiling over the same W2’s and forms my CPA does and probably come up with the same numbers.
Yet, I would still worry wondering if I did everything right!
Instead, we’ve trusted the same person to do our taxes for as long as my wife and I have been married. He’s made recommendations on how to structure our withholdings… and got us right where we want to be.
After getting a small refund and paying for our tax preparation we have just enough left for a nice family dinner out. No sense letting the government have our money all year and then getting a big refund.
There are other benefits to paying someone else to do our taxes. First, we’re spending money locally with a small business. I like that.
Second, I don’t have to spend a ton of time trying to figure it out on my own. Instead, we keep a file folder throughout the year with all the receipts and paperwork we’ll need. When it’s time for our appointment we just grab the folder and go.
In less than an hour our taxes are done… and I can sleep easy knowing they were done right. That’s peace of mind.
Is there something you could probably do yourself but you prefer to pay someone else to do it for you? What is it?