Joel Stein Has Four Accountants

Is there any difference between a $30 online tax service and a $1,200 professional? Using his own 2011 returns, Joel Stein puts four accountants to a highly unscientific test
Photograph by Nathanael Turner

Though I’ve tried many times, I have never read James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake or my own tax returns. If the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ever asks me to defend anything I declared or exempted or deducted or itemized, I’ll just sigh, take out my wallet, and start handing them twenties until they stop talking.

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