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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

Description of service

My wife and met with a CPA, after regular business hours, due to the nature of the business that I am in. We spent most of the time discussing our current financial plans, our future deductions with our upcoming baby and then filing of a 1040(Individual Return) for Married filing jointly. Our return was e-filed and any remaining communication was done through email, fax and phone.

Review of Service

I did have to chase down the CPA with several calls to determine when we would get our refund, but all in all we got prompt service. Since we were a small return I felt like if I didn't persist in calling over and over we would be placed at the bottom of the stack.


If you are in a rush to get your return back, don't wait for the last minute to meet with your accountant. Also, doing business with a small local firm is a good idea if you are a middle income family. If you go to a large, national firm you are likely to get lost in the shuffle amidst larger company returns. Preferential treatment goes to the richest clients more often than not unless you are a long time customer.

$ 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
$ 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