So it's almost that time of the year again. I just recieved my W-2 statement, and I decided to go ahead and start my tax return (since I have no other investments, dependents, etc.) online. I'm a little disappointed with the refund I'm getting so I was wondering - would hiring an accountant make a big difference? I don't have any special situations - I'm not legally blind as of 12/31/02, I didn't win the lottery, I didn't give millions to charity. Do accountants "maximize" your refund?