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LoneStarLawn
02-11-2001, 10:23 PM
How much do CPAs charge? I'm trying to due our taxes, but it seems that it may be too much for me to due and I'm afraid I might miss something that will benefit us. We are a two man partnership therefore we have to file a 1065 and I'm having trouble.

Vandora Lawn & Landscape
02-12-2001, 12:13 AM
Look for a personal reference. I would guess $200-300. It could be more or less.

Rex Mann
02-12-2001, 12:23 AM
Lonestarlawn,

I own my own landscape contruction company. My wife owns her own industrial supply business. We have one CPA. He takes care of all her quartely estimated taxes and sales tax. He takes care of the following for me:

employee with holdings
worker comp
W2 statements
unemployment taxes

And, he does our taxes. I can also call him when I have a question about something for no extra charge. He is priceless to us because, I know everything is done correctly.

He charges us $700.00 per year

Rex

Stonehenge
02-12-2001, 11:54 AM
We have our taxes done by a big firm. Both personal and corp taxes (but we are a small corp).


You will likely find chrages of anywhere between $30/hr to $150/hr, or more.

Checking references is always a good idea, but I got a dud even after checking refs. Most offer a free 1-time consultation through the Chamber of Commerce. Use that to talk to them, see which ones explain things thoroughly to you, so that it makes sense to you.

We handle all our own payroll and monthly and quarterly filings, and the simple annual filings (SS, FUTA, SUTA, and all the others that quickbooks can do for you with a few clicks of the mouse), but we use them for annual returns we can't (which will differe from yours as a partenrship). we get charged about $500-600 annually, and they only work with us for 1 mo out of the year.

One thing you'll have to be aware of: Because this will be the start of your CPA relationship, you will incur quite a bit in hourly charges just so they can familiarize themselves with your business. They need to look at past records, look at the current year's stuff, etc. One thing that'll help keep charges down - have everything organized. If you use quickbooks or some other software, have that up to date when you see them. It'll save them time, and you $$.

LoneStarLawn
02-12-2001, 04:01 PM
Should I just try to figure it out on my own since last year was our first year and not really a big year or should I go to a CPA. I have all my numbers and reciepts just can't figure out where to put the numbers on the 1065 and K-1 schedule (like expenses for bought equipment and truck mileage).

Charles
02-12-2001, 04:09 PM
The IRS is less likely to audit you if you use a CPA. I have heard. 300$ to(basic one man operation) 400 plus is the going rate in our area

Stonehenge
02-12-2001, 04:20 PM
I'd use them as soon as you can. I used a CPA my first year in biz, when it was just me. Keeps you out of trouble, because you're working with someone who (presumably) knows their stuff.

Plus, it gives you one more person/group that you can network with, get more biz from.

Fantasy Lawns
02-12-2001, 04:28 PM
my books, payroll & taxes about $600 yearly ....best $$ I spend each year ....all I have to do is sign the checks and with pc anywhere & quick books I have daily access to all the numbers

Mike Nelson
02-12-2001, 09:25 PM
We pay about $200 a month for our CPA.
It really is the best money we spend.
They keep you out of trouble with the tax man.:)

John Allin
02-12-2001, 09:33 PM
Got audited by The MAN three times in my first 5 years in business. Then got a CPA. Haven't been audited in 18 years. Same CPA. Feels good.

Don't like talkin to The MAN.

Frank
02-13-2001, 11:39 AM
My accountant charges by the quarter. They usually run their rates by the amount of payroll they have to do. now I will caution, make sure its someone you can trust I had heard from an accountant that I know, and don't deal with. Some like to create trouble at times to build up there fee's to get you out of trouble.

lawman
02-13-2001, 05:07 PM
The price is worth it so you are not gotten by the IRS Man. If he gets you I do belive that it is going to cost you much more in the long run.

bob
02-14-2001, 05:36 PM
$350 a year to do taxes.

Russ
02-17-2001, 09:43 AM
$380.00 a year to do taxes. $100.00 per hour to clean up Quick Books.

gene gls
02-19-2001, 01:06 AM
I was useing H+R Block for several years because a neighbor owned the franchise and did my taxes personaly.Another business friend had suggested very strongly to seek the assistance of a CPA. Last year I found out that I had been had by H+R Block each year.The CPA cost $300.00 but saved me over $3000.00 compared to a few hundered in the past.I am hopeing for a bigger savings this year seeing as how he got my records in line.

Ask friends who are in business who they use or think are best CPA'S. I was supprised at what could be deducted!!

Gene

jeffyr
02-19-2001, 08:46 PM
I pay $425 per year. He also does investment counceling so I call him on a regular basis with questions. Totl time at tax time may be 2 hours, but total for the year has to be 8-10. He's a good guy.

jeffyr