I have not filed income taxes in 6 years. I'm self-employed, and worse, my accounting is quite sloppy so there is much paperwork to sift through, and probably gaps in the records. I have been recommended to a tax preparer. But I'm worried. One, he seems expensive but that may be my ignorance of what the rates are. Two, I don't know if it wouldn't be preferable to hire a tax lawyer for this. I want the IRS to trust that the filings they're going to receive here soon are prepared well. If they have questions, I want someone prepared to work for me in negotiating with them. I'd try filing myself, cuz I don't have much money, but I want it done well. That, and I wonder what a lawyer's cost is compared to my tax preparer referral... Thanks.