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the Cost of Personal Accounting Services

Price 
Location 
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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
$ 450
Mar 2008
Seattle, WA
State and Federal Tax Preparation for a 1099 Contractor  more... close row
$ 500
Mar 2007
Forks, Washington
Expensive but adequate tax preparation  more... close row
$ 500
Mar 2007
Blue Bell, PA
Tax preparation services  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
$ 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
$ 125
Apr 2008
Myrtle Beach, SC
Preparing tax returns and reviewing old ones  more... close row
$ 115
Feb 2008
Richmond, MN
Possibly overcharged for tax preparation  more... close row

Description of service

We had our 2007 taxes completed by a man who runs his tax business out of him home. The tax business is his part-time job; he farms full-time. He completed and filed our 2007 State and Federal taxes and MN Property tax refund. Our taxes included two W-4s (one without taxes being deducted), one 1099 (included closing of an at-home party business) and deductions for health care, interest on mortgage and education.


Review of Service

Our taxes had been completed for the past 15 years by a close friend of our family who also ran a tax business. In 2007 she sold her business to this man; we had the option of finding someone new for our taxes or going with this new man. We chose the new man; we figured if our family friend felt okay in selling her business to him he must be good.

I felt that he listened to us when he met with us. I liked that he provided us with paperwork prior to the appointment; this helped me gather all of the important documents. The one thing I didn't really like was the cost. In previous years our taxes were much more complicated than our 2007 taxes. He charged us "what you paid in 2006." I think it should have been less since they were not as complicated and this was his first year doing our taxes. I think $90 would have been fair.


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