Originally Posted by llamalluv
H&R block "tax preparers" use the exact same software you can buy in a store. We are actually using their brand (tax cut) this year.
If you have a similar income to them, and are getting less, it's due to either the EIC or child tax credit or over-withholding or their deductions.
It has nothing to do with the type of filing they do (paper, electronic, etc)
the software they use is not the same as the software from the store. It may be the same brand but it isn't the same. And what matters is who is filling in the blanks (and FINDING blanks that aren't on standard forms). Someone experienced in doing taxes is going to know every little way to save. Someone who does their own, once a year, is going to simply fill in what is asked and be unaware of other savings to be found elsewhere. Much of it is more in depth that your standard consumer software maker is going to incorporate. In addition, many people do their taxes incorrectly. If there is an error or something missed that decreases the rebate, the gov isn't going to give you a call and say, "oh, you missed something. We owe you more money". If you find a someone employed to do taxes, who truely cares about helping others they WILL say, "hey, you missed something".