For those of you that do taxes for family, friends, etc on the side: How did you get the practice in order to feel comfortable doing so? I complete my own returns but feel like turbo tax dumbs it down

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I know individual tax really well but turbotax is pretty good at doing tax returns if you know what to look for. I don't do the math because it's boring. I just do a high level overview and make sure everything is accounted for. Ask the right questions and inquire more when needed. Isn't much different than everyday tax prep.

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It's okay to use if you know what you are doing. In the end the product is the same regardless of what you use, it's more about convenience. But if you do like doing things manually there's a free basic tax prep software from the IRS which does the math and math only. I think it's called IRS freefile.

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A bit too much for me to just take money for plugging those numbers into their software and tell someone I did the best I could😂 would love to hear some thoughts/suggestions

Oh really? For some reason I was under the impression that turbo tax shouldn't be used. Not saying there was a particular reason I feel that way, but good to know.

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