It’s that time of the year and I’m in the market for a new tax guy/gal.
Previous years I’ve used a local guy who runs his own shop – he made a massive error on my 2011 return resulting in fees/fines from the IRS.
I’d prefer not to use H&R, TurboTax, etc…
Called some offices in the Arlington/Alexandria area and was quoted $300/350 for married 2012 filing/refund. That seems rather steep…
Anyone know some folks?
thanks kainarl – i’ll check him out.
@ LP – under $200 is reasonable in my book. We rent, no kids, minimal deductions so ‘it’ can’t be that difficult of a filing.
If you rent, have no kids, and minimal deductions you should probably save the money and do your taxes yourself. Do your deductions even break the $5k standard?
For $200 they’ll just enter your info into their software and print results, the same software you can use yourself.
You won’t get an expert doing your taxes for $200.
What do you have that’s so complex you don’t wish to use turbo tax etc?
TurboTax is not for everyone. Just because you like it doesn’t mean someone with no experience should use it. The dollar and time costs of making a mistake on your tax return far out weigh what you pay your accountant.
I have tried them all: Accountants/H&R Block reps /Turbotax and H&R online.. Love H&R block online by far, I have to get the deluxe; it runs about $50 with sending efile for state. I like that it is real time (change a figure and watch your amount change. Easy to find the sweet spot if you have the options of splitting a deduction (mortage deduction).
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