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$ 250
Feb 2008
Tustin, CA
Payment for preparing state and federal returns  more... close row
$ 510
Mar 2008
New York, NY
Long standing relationship with accountant  more... close row
$ 450
Mar 2008
Seattle, WA
State and Federal Tax Preparation for a 1099 Contractor  more... close row
$ 500
Mar 2007
Blue Bell, PA
Tax preparation services  more... close row
$ 500
Mar 2007
Forks, Washington
Expensive but adequate tax preparation  more... close row
$ 150
Apr 2007
San Diego, CA
Personal tax filing and amendment  more... close row
$ 180
Mar 2007
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
E-filing taxes through a CPA  more... close row
$ 106
Mar 2006
Columbus, OH
Tax Accountant
Tax preparer made life much easier  more... close row
$ 125
Apr 2008
Myrtle Beach, SC
Preparing tax returns and reviewing old ones  more... close row
$ 175
Mar 2007
Clarksburg, WV
Accounting firm for tax return  more... close row

Description of service

I used an accounting firm to prepare my taxes. The firm provided a tax organizer in November so that I could begin preparing. They took all the information and prepared the return in a short amount of time. They offer a full range of accounting services but this was the only service that I used.

Review of Service

The preparation was very thorough, although I did most of the work in organizing the documents and completing the questionairre. The firm was very professional and they have a great reputation. I won't use them again because I felt that their fee was excessive considering that I only filed a short form and it is basically a fill in the blank in a software program. I would use them for detailed business returns because they are very thorough and I don't think they would overlook too many deductions. In my case I could have done my own taxes for probably $29.00 through an on-line tax preparer.


Find out the cost in advance. If they can't give that then look elsewhere. I would have saved a lot of money and been able to get the same refund by doing my taxes myself. Shop prices unless you have a complicated return, then you should be willing to go with the more talented firms.

$ 120
Feb 2008
WIchita, KS
Accounting service for income taxes  more... close row
$ 125
Jan 2007
Northeast Arkansas
Local accounting service for income tax filing  more... close row
$ 115
Feb 2008
Richmond, MN
Possibly overcharged for tax preparation  more... close row