Should I hire a CPA for my 2018 return?

Uber djsna
Mar 15 9 Comments

Married filing jointly
AGI 500k
Bought a house in 2018 (was renting before)
No rental or business income, RSUs only
Lived in Bay Area whole year

TurboTax says I owe 25k federal because I didn’t withhold enough.

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  • Google SWE dπ
    Supplemental withholding rate is 22% now. TurboTax is right.
    Mar 150
  • Amazon / Product
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    Yeah you owe money but be happy because you are technically rich. Remember the average family income is still under 50k. So you got 2 Peeps for what it costs most of America to take care of 40.
    Mar 150
  • Apple DwigtShrut
    If you sold any RSUs in 2018, check if the cost basis had been reported - sometimes it isn’t reported automatically and you need to manually enter it.
    Mar 153
    • Amazon / Product
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      True for whatever reason. All the software I've ever used fails to import cost basis. But the truth is trump changed the withholding requirements. Now they are low enough that a lot more people will owe who use to get refunds. Also you can no longer deduct property interest and state tax at the same level.
      Mar 15
    • Adobe / Eng
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      Trump has no business changing the withholding requirements. IMO. It must be your w4
      Mar 15
    • Amazon / Product
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      But for a year people went home with slightly bigger paychecks so that was something. I mean it was shit but until tax time it probably felt like a tax reduction to a lot of people who weren't actually paying attention.
      Mar 15
  • DoorDash P7gw9j2ha
    Unless you have a complicated tax situation (ISO/NSO exercises, claiming amt credit from a previous year etc), I don't see much value in hiring a cpa. They charge you a hefty sum as well.
    Mar 150
  • Google / EngNestleMilo
    Probably the RSUs and any bonuses. There's a flat 22% federal withholding on them, which is too low once you reach a certain point.
    Mar 150
  • New udSE01
    In a similar position. Owe about $15k federal. I am considering talking to live CPA on TurboTax. They provide that for extra charge. And you can do that as many times you want it seems.
    Mar 150

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