How Much Does H & R Block charge To Do Your Taxes

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Bob

Ithaca, NY

#1 Jan 29, 2009
What is the cost please
karma police

Concord, CA

#2 Jan 29, 2009
Do it yourself, its simple and its free if your agi is under 31,000.

www.irs.gov go to the freefile section there is a list of websites
Jim

Syracuse, NY

#3 Jan 29, 2009
I pad $400 last year at H&R Block....its based on what your income is and what amount your return is.....take the other guys advice....do it yourself or find a local accountant.

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Accountant

Utica, NY

#4 Jan 30, 2009
Most local accounts and cpas charge less and have much more experience
Mybadge

Newport, NY

#5 Jan 30, 2009
H&R Block are crooks.Everything they tell you is a lie.They overcharge and don't really protect you or back up what they promice.
Do it yourself.There are plenty of sites online and free help if you get stuck.The $400.00 H&R charges fits in my pocket just fine now.

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#6 Jan 30, 2009
see Chris Lambert
Rob

Camillus, NY

#7 Jan 30, 2009
You can go to taxfreedom.com and u can do your tax there for free...Y pay hefty price for H&R fee. You will get your refund w/in 2 wks.
RLS

Rome, NY

#8 Jan 30, 2009
Go see Chris Lambert

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Utica

Rome, NY

#9 Jan 30, 2009
To the contrary, it's not based on your income, it's based on the forms that are used in preparing your return. It's clear either a) you didn't go there, or b) you didn't pay attention to what your bill consisted of.

So - you're either a liar, a sucker, or both.

And if your return was REALLY $400, you must have had self-employment or something beyond a simple W-2, which would have cost you far more at a CPA office than the four bills you paid.
Jim wrote:
I pad $400 last year at H&R Block....its based on what your income is and what amount your return is.....take the other guys advice....do it yourself or find a local accountant.

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brown pants

Rome, NY

#10 Jan 30, 2009
I did my taxes on Turbo Tax this year. The advertising says it's free, which it is if you're only filing your federal return. But they charge $25 to file your state taxes. Then, if you're not careful, they will slip in an additional $30 fee if you choose to apply the $25 state filing fee to your return payment. In this case you end up paying nearly $60 to file your federal and state taxes using their "free" service.

H&R Block was the same way, but I think I ended up paying maybe $65 to use their online filing service (I don't think it was ever advertised as being free, however). The only thing I can say about Turbo Tax being better is that it is easier to use and navigate than H&R Block's system. I went with Turbo Tax this year all because of something H&R Block did last year which I thought was manipulative. They sent me a deceitful email last January informing me that I had all of my W2's and I was ready to Efile. Thing is, once I had finished doing my taxes on the same day that I recieved that email, I remembered that I had not recieved a W2 for one week of work that I did in the beginning of 2007 which I earned $500 for. That W2 arrived the next day and it was too late to add it to my tax return because I had already filed. It wouldn't have made too much of a difference...but still.

I got a bigger return this year using Turbo Tax. Part of this is because I retroactively recieved my stimulus 2008 payment from George Bush. I assumed I never recieved it because I am a lifelong democrat and the republicans knew they couldn't buy my vote. Who knows? I am just happy to have finally gotten it. I need the windfall more than ever now as I just got gouged by overdraft fees from my bank and astronomical heating bills this winter.
Tax Person

Utica, NY

#11 Jan 31, 2009
Who is the best tax person around
RLS

Rome, NY

#12 Jan 31, 2009
Chris Lambert
Girly Girl

Mesa, AZ

#13 Feb 14, 2009
I too did my taxes with H&R Block and paid $400 last year and the year b4 and only had W-2s...this year I have self-employement taxes and still paid $400 in charges....somewhere something doesn't seem right so next year I'll do my own taxes!
Utica wrote:
To the contrary, it's not based on your income, it's based on the forms that are used in preparing your return. It's clear either a) you didn't go there, or b) you didn't pay attention to what your bill consisted of.
So - you're either a liar, a sucker, or both.
And if your return was REALLY $400, you must have had self-employment or something beyond a simple W-2, which would have cost you far more at a CPA office than the four bills you paid.
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ashley

Lee, IL

#14 Feb 14, 2009
OMG i hate h&r block!!!! dont ever go there! I'm 19 years old and made under 20,000 and my bill for them was 450 dollars!!!!! they suck, never ever ever again will i set foot in their doors! Im only 19 and a student how difficult can my forms be to file?? They should of paid me 400$ for sitting through everything i sat through with them...ugh...i hate them....
mop top

Utica, NY

#15 Feb 14, 2009
brown pants wrote:
I did my taxes on Turbo Tax this year. The advertising says it's free, which it is if you're only filing your federal return. But they charge $25 to file your state taxes. Then, if you're not careful, they will slip in an additional $30 fee if you choose to apply the $25 state filing fee to your return payment. In this case you end up paying nearly $60 to file your federal and state taxes using their "free" service.
H&R Block was the same way, but I think I ended up paying maybe $65 to use their online filing service (I don't think it was ever advertised as being free, however). The only thing I can say about Turbo Tax being better is that it is easier to use and navigate than H&R Block's system. I went with Turbo Tax this year all because of something H&R Block did last year which I thought was manipulative. They sent me a deceitful email last January informing me that I had all of my W2's and I was ready to Efile. Thing is, once I had finished doing my taxes on the same day that I recieved that email, I remembered that I had not recieved a W2 for one week of work that I did in the beginning of 2007 which I earned $500 for. That W2 arrived the next day and it was too late to add it to my tax return because I had already filed. It wouldn't have made too much of a difference...but still.
I got a bigger return this year using Turbo Tax. Part of this is because I retroactively recieved my stimulus 2008 payment from George Bush. I assumed I never recieved it because I am a lifelong democrat and the republicans knew they couldn't buy my vote. Who knows? I am just happy to have finally gotten it. I need the windfall more than ever now as I just got gouged by overdraft fees from my bank and astronomical heating bills this winter.
While they cost about the same, Turbo Tax is a little bit easier to use than H&R Block. I also used Turbo Tax for the first time this year and got a bigger return than I got during the last two years using H&R Block. I have yet to try Liberty Tax. Maybe next year.
blind

Tully, NY

#18 Feb 18, 2009
they rob you blind to do your taxes. go somewhere else
Hey geniuses

Rome, NY

#19 Feb 18, 2009
Your taxes are the same where ever you do them if different systems give different results, only one is correct. You don't get to choose the one with the least taxes.
Screwed by HandR

White Plains, NY

#20 Feb 18, 2009
A little insider info. H&R charges you per form which doesnt makes sense to me seeing as how the entire process is pretty much paperless now thus the term E-FILE. But they charge by the phone. Now being married, owning a home, being self employed and dealing with some retirement forms and completing deductions for personl, business and charitable issues it cost me approx. 295.00. I had gone to a CPA in the past but felt I wasnt getting enough back and feeling like some things had been missed I tried H&R. Never again will I utilize their services. They are a complete rip off. I was there for approx. 1 hr as my paperwork is totally in order. Needless to say I will be going back to the CPA next tax season. The grass isnt always greener.
Screwed by HandR

White Plains, NY

#21 Feb 18, 2009
In addition my CPA charges $100.00. As the saying goes Once bitten shame on the dog. Twice bitten shame on me. I wont get bit twice!
yimmy law

Atlanta, GA

#22 Feb 19, 2009
I used them in the past and they were alright but then switched to a CPA. My CPA is on vacation for 3 weeks and I'm quite impatient so I went to H&R today.$372 but I had a lot of investment income and shit load of forms. They told me they charge by the form. Anyway, I went home and played with the turbo tax and came up with close to the same amount as H&R block. Subtract what the socked me for and I'd be better off doing it myself. No no H&R.

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