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the Cost of Personal Accounting Services

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Description
$ 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

Description of service

We have been using the same accountant for about 7 years. Our taxes are fairly simple this year but in the past both my husband and I have done consulting work, moved, had multiple jobs ,etc. We continue to use this guy because he really knows his stuff and helps us find any legal opportunity to lower our tax bill. He primarily works with doctors so we are almost like his charity case but that is fine with me because I feel like we are getting a deal.

We gather all our tax info together and have one hour long conversation with him. He has a list of questions to review but if something comes up, he is very good at investigating the potential benefit to our submission. In the end, he tells us what he needs and we make copies for ourselves and send it off. In a month, all the taxes are returned, ready to be signed and sent in. There are often instructions for next year like "lower your withholding at work" and it makes a difference when we do it. The fee is $500 for the accountant and an estimated $10 for copies and shipping to him.


Review of Service

In a month, all the taxes are returned, ready to be signed and sent in. There are often instructions for next year like "lower your withholding at work" and it makes a difference when we do it. I am very pleased and think the price, while high, is fair for the decrease in aggravation and the knowledge that we won't have any issues with our taxes.


Tips

Interview any potential accountant to ask who is their typical client, years in practice and familiarity with your type of tax situation. For example, if you do a lot of consultant work, make sure they are knowledgeable about all the potential write offs you could make.

Pay attention to the questions the accountant asks you. If they feel shady, like he/she are stretching for a place to deduct, you might not be comfortable because you will be the one who pays the price if it is not legal.

Ask for names and numbers of references to ask about the accountant's services.


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