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Depends on the complexity of the return
Amount: $135.00
Posted by: David Andrews, CPA in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: March 12th, 2012 09:03PM
Type of Firm: cpaComplexity of Return: simple to complex
for most simple 1040 (w-2, interest, dividends, and itemized deductions I would charge about 150. I am just starting my own practice and working out of my home (the contractor getting the office ready has had some problems), I have been a CPA working in tax departments of national firms for 25 years. I think the most I billed for a 1040 while working in large firms was $20,000. I just quoted $1000 to someone with many rental properties and some self employed businesses. I also pointed out $800 in missed tax savings that his prior preparer (who charged 1,200. with the $800 missed that means his return cost him 2,000) had overlooked on the 2010 return. CPA, Never underestimate the value
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3 Yrs IRS/State Returns
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Katsgreenseas in S-pringfield, MA.Posted: October 2nd, 2011 07:10PM
Type of Firm: Liberty TxsComplexity of Return: In Depth
I had to get Liberty Tx to do 3 yrs of Income Tax Returns which included Schedules for early w/draw from IRA's - Schedules A/B - Profit Loss - etc... plus State Returns due to having been hospitalized when all returns were due. The Tax Preparer was very knowledgeable - had to make sure all documents validated and backed up the figures because we were filing Admended Returns (the IRS & State had prepared my returns for me).
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simple tax return 1040 and Franchise Tax board
Amount: $155.00
Posted by: Audrey in san pedro, CA.Posted: March 27th, 2011 02:03PM
Type of Firm: capComplexity of Return: simple
I think this was too much for a simple return. Next year, I will do it myself.
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Tax Prep
Amount: $49.00
Posted by: JSC in Peoria, IL.Posted: March 24th, 2011 08:03AM
Type of Firm: Retail Tax OutletComplexity of Return: EZ to Complex
If you paid $340 for a standard return, you likely are including the fees for a loan or 'instant money'. (I noticed that was posted last year when 'instant money' was available) H&R Block requires all Tax Pros to go through 69 hours of classroom before ever sitting down with a client. They also require 24 hours of continuing education per year.
At our local H&R Block, you can get a 1040EZ for FREE and the state of IL for $49. Fees are based on the complexity, average is probably $129 to 250.
This year they are doing FREE 2nd looks and have found errors in 4 out of 5 returns prepared elsewhere.
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Tax Preparation Costs
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: Michael V in Redondo Beach, CA.Posted: January 31st, 2011 12:01PM
Type of Firm: Enrolled AgentComplexity of Return: Complex
Thsi firm prepared my complex return including a rental property and home mortgage for $275.00. Very Professional. Redondo Beach, Ca. Beach Cities Income Tax 310.540.3850
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Tax Preparation Costs
Amount: $180.00
Posted by: Marshall Consulting Services LLC in Riverdale, GA.Posted: January 10th, 2011 04:01PM
Type of Firm: SmallComplexity of Return: Simple to Complex
My small accounting firm has always charged reasonable rates. When my business was home-based, I charged from $75-$100 for an e-filed individual tax return. Now that I have been in an office outside of my home for the past three years, I charge slightly more, 890-$180, plus $20 e-file, corps (C & S) $540 + $45/hr if more than 3 hours to prepare and if forensic accounting is involved.
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Tax Preparation Costs
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: In Your Business, LLC in Atlanta, GA.Posted: January 6th, 2011 09:01AM
Type of Firm: Sole Proprietor/Home OfficeComplexity of Return: Simple to Complex
I am a business major and I prepare all level of returns. My fees are based on the complexity of each return and whether or not the client has understanding of what their role is as a taxpayer. Whether or not I have to act as a third-party (unlicensed) with regard to their return and the current state of their taxes. The base fee is for low income & a basic 1040A. The prices increase based on necessary Schedules, the clients organization of information and input. FYI most state do not require a license to prepare, and if the person or company you choose is unlicensed they cannot represent you in the event of an audit.
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mistake on return address to IRS
Amount: $28,000.00
Posted by: Sandy Maloney in Edina, MS.Posted: November 21st, 2010 03:11PM
Type of Firm: Foreign CorpComplexity of Return:
I would like to know if I can take my accountant to court because they sent the wrong address to the IRS? for my tax return
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Tax return preparation fee
Amount: $825.00
Posted by: joank2 in Denver, CO.Posted: April 11th, 2010 04:04PM
Type of Firm: PartnershipComplexity of Return: Includes Rental Property
Not sure if I am paying too much, I did receive a sizeable return.
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Standard Tax Return (Low Income)
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: Samanthagirl in Salem, MA.Posted: April 1st, 2010 09:04AM
Type of Firm: Liberty Tax ServiceComplexity of Return: simple
I paid $340.00 for a standard tax return, (earned income credit, Head of Household) and that is with a $100.00 discount!!!
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Tax Prep Cost
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: Tonya Willis in Covington, GA.Posted: March 8th, 2010 01:03PM
Type of Firm: Sole Proprietor/Home basedComplexity of Return: Various
I am a Tax Preparer who prepares retuns in addition to having a full time job. I charge a flat rate for basic returns. $125 for most clients and $65 for low income filers. This includes Sch A, B, D, EIC, Childcare and one state is included. I charge $50 extra (per rental or business) for Sch E & C. Generally the cost is $105 for most because I give out $20 coupons in the beginning of the year.
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Tax return preparation fee
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Edward D Iannielli III in Levittown, NY.Posted: March 7th, 2010 04:03PM
Type of Firm: Sole proprietor-CPAComplexity of Return: mid range
I am a CPA who prepares returns in addition to having a full time job. I charge based on complexity of return. Generally a straight forward return with Sch A, B and D and one state I will charge $125. If the return is less complec that that with no Sch A/D I will charge $75. If return has more complexity with a Sch C/E and pass through k-1s I will charge anywhere from $150-$300 depending on the amount of time necessary to complete the return and if research is necessary. I generally don't charge for a child's return.
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H+R block vs an accountant
Amount: $110.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Woodstock, IL.Posted: January 31st, 2010 04:01PM
Type of Firm: My Accountant IncComplexity of Return: medium
Im am a self employed tax accountant in Illinois NW of Chicago, I find HnR block customers actually pay higher than a lot of smaller firms, and the error rate is very high, seems like hnr block has become a loan company My Accountant Inc, Woodstock, IL 815,219,0551 Kurtis
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Hints & Suggestions
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jkyoung1013 in West Palm Beach, FL.Posted: January 8th, 2010 06:01PM
Type of Firm: Self PreparedComplexity of Return: Various
From an accountant and a self-employed tax preparer - First, do not, I repeat, do not let someone charge you more just because you got a larger refund. Getting a refund is the same as giving a cashier $20 for an item that costs $5. You get back $15 change. A refund on your tax return is simply the IRS giving you change for your overpayments.
Second - Do not let anyone prepare your return who cannot give you a quote or at least a ballpark price, and will stand behind that price. If you have any questions you can e-mail me at [email protected] and I will be happy to answer any questions I am able to.
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NJ Federal and State Tax Return Cost
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: Mr. Jennings CPA in Carlstadt, NJ.Posted: March 21st, 2009 12:03PM
Type of Firm: H + R Block Proprietor Tax PreparerComplexity of Return: Medium
H&R Block Charges Differ Between the amount of the return, for instance if your AGI is less than the Federal taxable income of 2008, which is currently $5,450 than the charges will be less usually between $80-$100. These charges are less because the amount of the return will be less, usually between $200-$300. For an average return of the AGI over the Federal taxable income, will cost slightly more between $120-$160. The boost in price is relative to the boost in the return usually ranging from $600-$1,100. The larger the return the larger the fees.
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Individual Tax Returns
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: JN in Arvin, CA.Posted: February 19th, 2009 03:02PM
Type of Firm: Sole Proprietor Tax PreparerComplexity of Return: Middle
Tax preparer E-filed and prepared my 1040 return. This included itemizing, Sch. E, and installment sale reporting. Preparer is Joe Navarro (661)340-4873.
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tax cost
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: TAX RETURN in kansas city, MO.Posted: November 20th, 2008 01:11PM
Type of Firm: small tax firmComplexity of Return: MEDIUM
H&R BLOCK IS THE WORST PLACE TO HAVE YOUR TAXES DONE UNLESS YOU ARE JUST FILING A EZ1040 FORM. WHICH MOST PEOPLE CAN DO THEMSELVES. IF YOU FILE MORE FORMS THAN THAT--EVEN THOUGH YOU THINK ITS STRAIGHTFORWARD--LOOK IN THE IRS CODE BOOK THAT THE GOVERMENT CHANGES EVERY YR. H&R BLOCK EMPLOYEES ARE BASIC EDUCATED. PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS AND CPA'S ARE NOT YOUR BASIC EMPLOYEE. I SUGGEST YOU TAKE YOUR RETURN TO A REAL ACCOUNTANT TO REVIEW OVER YOUR RETURN FOR MISTAKES SINCE YOU HAVE RENTAL PROPERTY. H&R BLOCK COULD BE COSTING YOU MONEY AND YOU WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW IT. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. YOU WILL GET THE BEST SERVICE AT A SMALL FIRM. MAY COST ALITTLE MORE, BUT YOU WON'T BE JUST ANOTHER TAX RETURN FOR A EMPLOYEE TO DO THAT DOESN'T CARE. 300.00 ISNT BAD AT ALL--COST OF LIVING IS HIGHER IN CA--PLUS THEIR STATE RETURN IS MORE COMPLEX THAN ANY OTHER STATE RETURN EXCEPT MAYBE NEW YORK. IF I HAD RENTAL PROPERTY, STOCK SALES, BUSINESS EXPENSES, MY PRICE WOULD BE MORE IN THE 300 plus range- a good accountant will make time to study all options for you--which are many and believe me the government makes it hard for the normal person to know what they all are.
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Tax return
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: DS.pa in Lancaster, PA.Posted: September 5th, 2008 02:09PM
Type of Firm: TaxComplexity of Return: Low
$300. sounds way too much for a simple tax return. The additional reporting for stocks and dividends is minimal. We spent less than $250 for filing 2 sets of returns for NJ and PA; we have stocks and rental property. This was with H&R Block. CPAs tend to be more pricey.
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$300 for a medium complexity return - fair price?
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: a user in Mountain View, CA.Posted: February 16th, 2007 01:02PM
Type of Firm: small CPAComplexity of Return: homeowner, some stock
My CPA charges me $300 a year for my returns. I own some stock, have a fair number of work-related deductions, and have mortgage deductions. My accountant is a referral from a friend who works in a 2 person small office. I used to use a CPA in a fancy 10 person office in an expensive part of town, and they charged $475, and the results didn't seem any better (in fact, they complained a lot more and their admin kept losing my address).
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