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6 tax terrors and how to overcome them without therapy

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Afraid I can't do taxes myself
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Afraid I can't do taxes myself

This fear, unfortunately, is warranted, in large part because of the ever-expanding tax law. The federal tax code is more than 74,600 pages long by one calculation, and contains more than 10 million words according to another.

No one disputes the degree of difficulty. The National Taxpayer Advocate's 2016 annual report urges Congress to reform the tax code, calling it "hideously complex."

The remedy: Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most of us already do. The IRS says around 85 percent of us rely on tax software or tax professionals to get our taxes done. Explore the different types of tax preparers to choose what's best for you.

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