NerdWallet: If you usually do your own taxes, this might be the year to hire a pro

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.

Humans are largely creatures of habit, but this tax season many taxpayers may shake up their tax-preparation routines. Thanks to a host of new rules that, depending on whom you ask, have simplified the tax code or made it more complicated, you may be wondering whether this is the year to ditch the tax software and hire a human tax preparer, or ditch the tax pro and file your return yourself.

Why tax software might be simpler

One reason some may abandon their tax pro this year is that the standard deduction has increased to $12,000 for single filers, $18,000 for heads of household and $24,000 for joint filers.

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