Tax relief

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I’ve never considered myself to be mathematically inclined. As an adult, I’ve had to relearn a few math concepts as they apply to real-life circumstances.

My big sister, who is an accountant, had always been a tremendous help to me, especially during income tax time. But last year, as a newlywed, I moved to another state far away from my sister and decided that I wanted to work on our family’s income taxes on my own. So I purchased some computer tax software and knew that my sister was just a phone call away in case I became confused. I gathered the necessary files and began inputting information into the program.

In the past, working with my sister, the process had seemed pretty easy. This time, however, the process was a lot more complicated. I worked and reworked several different forms and called my sister a couple of times. She wasn’t able to help because she wasn’t familiar with the tax laws in two of the three states where I’d lived. Although I felt incompetent, I resisted the idea to hire a tax professional. After all, I’d already paid money for the tax software program and spent so much time on the effort. I sensed the finish was close, but I was so frustrated that the numbers weren’t making sense.

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