Do I need to self prepare or hire a practitioner?
No matter what level of tax understanding you have it is always important to check the tax laws before preparing taxes. Yes you can self prepare but if you need that piece of mind it is always great to get a second look before submission.
Do I need to file taxes?
If you do not meet special circumstances, did not make more than the standard deduction, and do not anticipate a refund you may not have to file a return. It is always a good thing to check with a qualified practitioner for every different scenario.
How to prepare for tax season?
Always have previous tax returns/ transcript if you are going to a new practitioner, have all documents required to file(income, calculated receipts/bills, school records, etc.) ,valid identification for all family members, questions in mind for the preparer, and payment.