who

Auburn, NY

#24 Feb 19, 2009
who would be crazy enough to pay them what they want everyone could use that kind of money they charge!
Scott E

Muskegon, MI

#25 Feb 19, 2009
H&R Block soaked me for $648.00. I am selfemployed and there were a few paperless forms involved. I asked them how much it would be up front. They told me it is by the form. So when we were done, the bill was $648.00. I made $19k last year. It took them less than an hour and I too was very organized. After I got the bill I asked them for their ala carte menu of forms and they would not give me one. I feel ripped off...What can I do? I don't mind paying them, but $648.00?
A Taxpayer

Ithaca, NY

#26 Feb 19, 2009
ru serious? How can they charge that much? You can go online and do it yourself for FREE.
Bubba Liberation

Saint Paul, MN

#27 Feb 19, 2009
The hell with doing your taxes. Obama won't mind. He's appointed more tax cheats than any other president in history. I mean come on, if Tim Geithner the Treasury Secretary who's also in charge of the IRS can cheat on his taxes why can't you?

The dirty little secret that the IRS doesn't want you to know is that 38 million people haven't filed returns for the last 7 years and that number is growing annually at a rapid pace. So join the crowd!
Ripped Off

Utica, NY

#28 Feb 20, 2009
Call the NYS Attorney Generals Office.. That is ridiculous!!!!
Utica

New York, NY

#29 Feb 20, 2009
Not always. Most free file services are limited in the supported forms that you can use through them. For example, I'm fairly certain that Schedule C (self-employment) or K-1 (Rental property) are not offered through sites such as Turbo Tax.

Given the number of landlords and self-employed people in Utica, my guess is that they are almost resigned to going to a CPA or a service.
A Taxpayer wrote:
ru serious? How can they charge that much? You can go online and do it yourself for FREE.
The Box

Roxbury, NY

#30 Feb 20, 2009
I been using H & R Block tax cut deluxe for many years now. I swear by it. Gotta do the upgrades that's all. Plus this year I got 5 free federal efiles. the stat cost me 19.95 to e file. All in all I did 3 returns on 45 for the program and one state e file for 19.95... beats 400.
Got 2 File

AOL

#31 Feb 20, 2009
It's true. H&R soak ya terrible. Anybody know how Liberty is?
wella

AOL

#32 Feb 21, 2009
Go to Garro or Lambert-private offices but much less expensive than robber barons H&R or Jackson Hewitt.
Garros office does bulk tax work and Lambert is heavier into bookkeeping. Both are good though
dont need H R

United States

#33 Feb 21, 2009
Got 2 File wrote:
It's true. H&R soak ya terrible. Anybody know how Liberty is?
Same as H&R and JH-Go to a private tax guy. Somone who does just tax work. Most CPA's use a tax accountant that specializes-if you have a complicated return or don't want to blow your refund go with a tax specialist
been there

AOL

#35 Feb 22, 2009
I don't believe u got back that much. Probably you paid OUT alot.
NCM

Miami, FL

#36 Mar 13, 2009
Yeah! I agree they are not transparent at all. They tell you they cant disclose any info until they get done with your taxes. They make you sign for a fee if you end up not filling with them (which is pretty much telling you they are gonna rip you off).
I paid 450 ...NEVER AGAIN
amazed WA

Sammamish, WA

#37 Apr 5, 2009
yimmy law wrote:
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.
Of course you did, you had the H/R Block's completed forms in your hand as a guide. Had you tried to figure them yourself, you probably wouldn't have understood what to do!
Jonathan M Tax Pro

Phoenix, AZ

#38 May 19, 2009
H&R does charge about $400 dollars depending on what "services," forms and how much of a refund you get.
I am the owner of JM Accounting,(small local office in Casa Grande, AZ), and I was charging a flat rate fee of $30 dollars.
That included federal and state taxes, multiple states, business', rentals, and all other forms for the individual. For the students... it was 50% off!
I was doing more of a social test with the $30 dollar thing, and it turns out that people thought it was a scam.
Next time I will charge more, and I am sure more people will come. If anyone wants me to prepare their 2009 taxes, or 2008 for the late filers, contact me.
jmaccountingandtaxpreparation@ gmail(.)com
It is possible to do them by mail.
-JM Accounting and Tax Preparation-
Jonathan M Tax Pro

Phoenix, AZ

#39 May 19, 2009
Bubba Liberation wrote:
The hell with doing your taxes. Obama won't mind. He's appointed more tax cheats than any other president in history. I mean come on, if Tim Geithner the Treasury Secretary who's also in charge of the IRS can cheat on his taxes why can't you?
The dirty little secret that the IRS doesn't want you to know is that 38 million people haven't filed returns for the last 7 years and that number is growing annually at a rapid pace. So join the crowd!
That's tempting but a bad idea, I have seen so many notices from the IRS and they keep charging you interest and penalties to the point were its not even funny anymore. After about 10 years the IRS gets serious and sends you a notice saying that they will take away your property.
Its only funny till this happens and I have seen this happen.
Questions or requests?
jmaccountingandtaxpreparation@ gmail(.)com
Jenice Harris

Orem, UT

#40 Aug 26, 2009
I really feel like I have been smashed, overcharged, not treated fairly. We are a small business who changed from I corporation to an LLC. I took all of the information to H & R Block in March and the agent said he would get right at it - After numberous unanswered phone calls and faxes he finished them midle of August. The few times I was able to communicate with him I was told he would get right at it. I was charged $200.00 for the LLC and $328.00 for the corporation. There is no one to complain to about the charge nor the lengthen of time he took to file. I feel I have been treated badly and will never recommend H & R again and we have been with them for 4 or 5 years - never treated so badly.
Chester

United States

#41 Oct 15, 2009
My CPA charged me 2,000 for my return. It was a schedule C , Schedule F, Sch A,Sch B, Sch E (rental)Form 4136,
Sch D Cap Gains,(2) Form 4562's and a Depreciation Schedule that had 15 items on it.
He also did the accounting before doing the Tax return.
Plus since I moved from one state to the other he had to file a New Virginia Return & give them all that depreciation stuff and file a Non Resident return for Maryland and they charged me money on Previous year Tax Refund .Plus I had withholding on my retirement income that I had to file to get back.
He also calculated my Estimated taxes for 2009. He did come to my house to deliver the taxes & he did wait 6 months since March for some sales receipts and a Hud 1 form I had to find.
Are those charges unreasonable considering the amount of work I had to have done? It seemed like a complicated return now that I think about it...
Do Late returns get charged more then when the information to the preparer is on time?
Molly G

Victor, NY

#43 Nov 6, 2009
Taxes, my favorite subject. Now everyone can hate me (or take advantage of me) because I retired from the IRS. Before you start a rant, let me say that I worked helping taxpayers not sending them to jail.

H&RBlock isn't any worse than other tax preparation agencies, CPA's or accountants who will charge a good buck for filling out tax returns. What most people get sucked into is the "Rapid Refund" and you really pay bucks for that. "Rapid Refund" is a loan given to you by your tax preparer based on what your refund will be and they are charging you a percentage of your refund for the loan. Unless you are desparate for money avoid the rapid refund scheme.

Learn to do your own taxes if you have simple income. Use the IRS website. I can't tell you how many people I was happy to help work their way thru a tax form and make life a little less stressful at tax time.
Molly G

Victor, NY

#44 Nov 6, 2009
amazed WA wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course you did, you had the H/R Block's completed forms in your hand as a guide. Had you tried to figure them yourself, you probably wouldn't have understood what to do!
At least he learned something as a result so he won't be dependent on a tax service again.
Molly G

Victor, NY

#45 Nov 6, 2009
Jonathan M Tax Pro wrote:
<quoted text>
That's tempting but a bad idea, I have seen so many notices from the IRS and they keep charging you interest and penalties to the point were its not even funny anymore. After about 10 years the IRS gets serious and sends you a notice saying that they will take away your property.
Its only funny till this happens and I have seen this happen.
Questions or requests?
jmaccountingandtaxpreparation@ gmail(.)com
Agreed, not filing taxes is a bad idea whether you owe or not. If you have a refund coming and fail to file for it within 3 years, you forfeit it. If you don't file a tax return (because you owe) the IRS will file one for you, based on the W-2 and 1099 forms sent in by your employers among other forms like interest, IRA, etc. They will send you get a notice of proposed taxes which you can pay OR you can file your own tax return to amend/change the one the IRS filed for you. You will get another 4 notices if you don't respond to the first one, all spread about 6 weeks apart to give you time to prepare a tax return.

It most definetly does not take about 10 years for the IRS to catch up with you. The statute of limitations, meaning the time the law allows the IRS to catch up with you, is 7 years unless criminal fraud is involved. The time frame is actually 2, maybe 3 years before a taxpayer gets the first notice.

As for taking away a taxpayer's property, when assessed taxes go unpaid, the IRS files a lien against property assets. THEY DO NOT TAKE AWAY YOUR HOME. A lien simply means you cannot sell your home without paying your tax debt first. A contractor who remodels your home or puts in a swimming pool does the same thing until you pay him.

I understand the process because I retired from the IRS after years of helping taxpayers understand and deal with a complex tax system.

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