Income Tax Returns
Page last updated: January 27, 2022
Andrew Griffith CPA provides income tax compliance services related to taxpayers that need to file returns for United States tax authorities. The base rates are listed below:
Federal and state income tax return preparation (with e-file whenever available):
Individuals: federal and one state return preparation service for the current year without Schedules C, D, E, F, H, or J.
Fee is $300. (National average fee is $323 for an itemized 1040 without additional Schedules or $179.71 per hour.*)
Additional state returns for the current year are billed at $100 per state.
Fee for preparing each Schedule C, D, E, F, H, or J is $75 for most tax returns. (National average fee is $144.20 per Schedule or $179.71 per hour.*)
Non-current tax year returns have a $50 surcharge.
All other income tax return preparation services (such as corporate, estate, gift, nonprofit, etc.): minimum fee is $400 per tax year. (National average fees for the following federal return types including one state return, but without additional Schedules are: corporate- $908, estate- $1,289, gift- $421, nonprofit- $735 or $179.71 per hour.*)
Taxpayer representation services before tax authorities: $150 per hour (National average rate is $174.29 per hour.*)
Estimates are provided before the work commences so you will have no surprises when the work is completed.
Payment is due in full at the time service is rendered. Online payments via credit card are accepted.
Andrew Griffith CPA does NOT offer the following services: auditing, compilation, and refund anticipation loans.
*National average fees were retrieved from the National Society of Accountants' 2020-2021 Income and Fees of Accountants and Tax Preparers in Public Practice Survey Report.
Why should you use Andrew Griffith CPA for your income tax return needs?
Andrew Griffith, DBA, EA, CPA (NY), CMA, CIA, CFE, CRMA has more than 15 years of experience preparing income tax returns for clients located across the United States (and even some outside of the United States). He also has more than 15 years of experience teaching accounting courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. His published research includes topics specific to income tax matters. His educational accomplishments include a research doctorate in accounting and a MBA. His professional licenses and certifications include the Enrolled Agent (issued by the Internal Revenue Service) and the Certified Public Accountant (licensed issued in New York).
What can you expect when Andrew Griffith CPA prepares your income tax returns?
All clients have access to Andrew Griffith CPA's Client Portal and its App. Income tax clients use this portal to securely submit documents related to their income tax returns and exchange secure messages with Andrew Griffith CPA. Every income tax client completes a questionnaire in this portal that serves as a starting point for a series of additional questions that Andrew Griffith CPA will ask before completing their returns. No work on any taxpayer's income tax returns begins without Andrew Griffith CPA first providing an upfront and transparent estimate for preparing their tax returns. After the estimate is presented via the portal and accepted by a client, that client will then digitally sign the required engagement letter. After the engagement letter has been signed, Andrew Griffith CPA begins working on those income tax returns. Since every set of tax returns has unique circumstances, the timeline for completing these may be longer than originally indicated in the estimate provided.
After the income tax returns are completed and have been electronically filed, every client has the opportunity to receive both a digital copy of the completed income tax returns and a printed copy, which is mailed to the mailing address provided to Andrew Griffith CPA during the income tax return preparation process. In the event that electronically filing of an income tax return is not possible, only a printed copy of that return would be made available.
What happens after the income tax returns have been filed by Andrew Griffith CPA?
The client experience does not end with the preparation and electronically filing of a client's income tax returns. Andrew Griffith CPA strives to build relationships with clients and is accessible all year long to answer clients' questions that are or may be related to income tax matters. Andrew Griffith CPA recognizes that one cannot change the tax character of a transaction after it has happened. Instead, it is better for a client to ask first before the transaction could be finalized if the tax character of a transaction could be changed by taking a different approach. For most situations, Andrew Griffith CPA does not charge for the time spent answering questions of existing clients.