We recently carried out an exercise to better understand our clients' attitudes towards their tax obligations before and after the filing process that yielded fascinating results. I'm not normally a fan of word clouds, however in this case they illustrate the point beautifully.
Now for the good news!
This second word cloud was created from our clients' post-filing testimonials again along with responses to our questionnaire. It paints a rather different picture, to say the least.
Also, the manner in which you go about filing your return also makes a significant difference with regard to the amount of trepidation and resentment beforehand and particularly the amount of relief one feels afterwards. Attempting to go it alone or avoiding it entirely are probably the most stressful strategies, while the least stressful (and happiest afterwards!) is working with an expat tax specialist such as Bright Tax.