Update (November 2015): I haven’t found a good way to limit the flow of incoming email, and I apologize that I am unable to respond to all inquiries. If you send me an email and don’t hear back, please don’t take it personally! It simply means “I’m sorry, I’ve got too much on my plate at the moment.”
For Nov-Dec 2015, I am most able to help with preparing and filing 2014 tax returns, prior year tax returns, amended tax returns (and other responses to IRS notices), and taxes for household employees. Other types of work are lower on my list of priorities.
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My basic billing rate is $80 per hour, which applies to tax preparation, consultations, etc. There are a few additional fees associated with tax preparation, to cover software fees and various bits of paperwork. See the Rates page for more information.
In general, it's difficult to provide an estimate for the cost of preparing a tax return without knowing how complex your tax situation is. Send an email with some details, if you'd like a rough estimate.
My approach to taxes, financial planning, accounting, bookkeeping, etc. can best be summarized as: Keep it simple. Complexity in your financial affairs is just not worth it, once you take into consideration all the legal/accounting fees that you’ll rack up and the medical bills associated with the increased stress of not knowing what the heck is going on.
Here are some general guidelines I try to follow, in the interest of keeping it simple. [...read more]