You can always get free tax assistance from the IRS. You can call the IRS with specific questions, and most IRS offices are open to handle walk-in questions about tax preparation. IRS workers can help you with even the most complicated tax questions.
Also, if you're part of a group that has common tax interests, like a small business owners group, you can request that the IRS conduct a free seminar at a location and time that you specify. The seminars are usually conducted by IRS employees or trained volunteers.
Who Should Seek Advice From Paid Tax Preparer?
If you have numerous itemized deductions or you owe back taxes or if you're on a payment plan, you should strongly consider going to a tax professional or tax preparation business like H&R Block. They are better equipped to handle complicated tax returns.
Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments in Chicago, is "Good Morning America's" personal finance expert. Click here to visit her Web site, www.arielinvestments.com. Amar Parikh contributed to this report.