We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If your dealings are so complex, and/or iffy, that you can't do your own taxes, the services of a tax professional are in order no matter how simple the tax code. I've been doing my own taxes for 65 years, and in one phase of my life or another, have had to deal with most all of the types of income, expenses, gains and losses normal people encounter. Never thought a nuanced approach, i.e. pushing legality, was worth it.
This is why I'm hoping 2018 is the year that we have a lot of pro-Trump agenda candidates replacing those in office who are NOT helping out the average citizen. I'm still upset that both Ryan and McCain won their respective primaries. Ugh. Why did we get stuck with them AGAIN!?
The tax paper work is MUCH harder when you have self-employment income and have to deal with a Schedule C, depreciation, and if you have products you are selling...good luck doing your taxes on your own!