Big Box Tax Services vs Customized Tax Service
When it comes to paying our state and federal income taxes, many people approach the tax due date just like they do so many other things – they put it off until the last minute. If you put off washing the dog or washing the car until the last minute, neither might be as clean as you would like but at least the job is done – finally. But what about more important things like paying your taxes? Many of us give little thought to the process. We just accept the fact that a portion of each paycheck is taken for taxes each pay period and run in to a big box tax service at the end of the year and see how closely the total of monies already withheld for taxes is to what the state and federal authorities want this year. This is a very bad idea and here’s why:
No matter what you pay for tax preparation at the walkin big-box tax services, you are paying too much. These services are designed to make money and they use tax preparation software that does little more than fill in the blanks with numbers you provide. And although you may be charged an additional fee for preparation of your state income tax return, the majority of the information needed for that return is pulled directly from the U.S. return. It is pretty much automated but you still pay full price in most circumstances.
Another issue with the big box tax stores is the tax preparers are normally trained to ask only questions presented by the company’s software. There is seldom any search on the preparer’s part to ask additional questions that could result in a huge change to your taxes due. Big box tax services also offer a variety of optional add-ons; all completely unnecessary and offered only to increase their fees – document storage fee, refund disbursement charge, accuracy guarantees and even pre-paid debit card loading fees.
So what does one do to combat big box tax service providers? It’s simple really – use a local tax preparer that knows you and vice versa. If you are anywhere in the Semmes area you might consider calling Pat Hadder at Hadder Accounting, Inc.
The staff at Hadder Accounting, Inc. has over 50 years of experience. They understand that every business and individual has different needs. They go to the limit to understand and meet each individual need in an efficient and effective manner. Aside from their primary services of accounting, taxation, and business consulting they offer a host of specialty services to cater to the unique needs of their clients. Their partners and staff accountants serve a wide range of individuals, corporations, parnterships and non-profit organizations and are experts in the accounting issues and tax laws that impact their clients.
Hadder Accounting’s continuing mission is to serve you by providing the highest level of expertise and professionalism possible. If you answer “no” to any of the following questions it might be time for a change:
- Do you currently receive one-on-one customized accounting service?
- Does your accountant return your calls in a imely manner?
- Does your accountant explain your financial statements and other monthly reports?
- Is your accountant availale when you have questions?
- Does your accountant suggests ways to increase your profits?
Call Pat at 251-649-7877 and find out what customized service is all about. She has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2003.
You can find Hadder Accounting, Inc. in the Semmes Business Directory: