We had pretty complicated taxes for 2016 due to retiring, selling the house, moving to a state with income tax, getting unexpected gas royalties and becoming landlords. I tried HR Block, TaxAct and TurboTax up to the point where you pay and file but kept getting different amounts inputting the same figures. It bothered me that just plugging in numbers didn't really "teach" me anything about our tax situation. So...I decided to do my own which I probably haven't done in at least a decade. By laboring through the process and doing a lot of research, I completed the 1040 and a complicated Schedule E. Then I had the numbers and confidence to complete the many pages of the state return (and another for severance taxes). I feel like I need to celebrate (Darn, I owe) but so happy to have done it myself and saved the money I would have spent on a CPA or tax program.