> My government has a program people can download from their website so people can do their taxes.
How it works for USA federal government is that if your filing 1040 EZ, which means that you are probably renting your house and have relatively low income. If you do that then there is a number of tax prep software you can download or use online free of charge that are from corporations.
If your a using itemized deductions and/or have investments and higher income to support then you have to use the 1040 form, which means that you can use the same applications as 1040ez, but you have to pay for them.
Probably about half the people I know use accountants. Certified public accountants and their assistants helping average people prepare taxes is a very large business.
There were a couple open source software written for it. I used one of those one year actually and it worked quite well.
Nowadays I just use online version from one of the tax software companies.
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