How Much Does H & R Block charge To D...

Durham, NC

#408 Apr 10, 2013
I payed $800 personal and business full of deceiving.I will never go again.

Utica, NY

#409 Apr 10, 2013
Shalala wrote:
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Kay, What happened with this? I'm in a similar situation. I prepared my taxes on Turbo Tax but I had some stock questions I weren't sure of. I went in H&R Block to clarify that part of the filing, and she just started taking my information. When I started to explain why I was there, she just said "we'll get to that". She ended up doing my whole return and coming up with exactly what I had already prepared and saying it was $256. I was kind of stupid and thrown off and not clear on whether I had agreed to that charge for the work she's already done, or if I only have to pay if they actually complete and file it? I want to just file my own prepared return and forget about them. Am I on the hook?
Yea, I would say. She 'did' your return. You were there 2 hrs.

Seattle, WA

#410 Apr 11, 2013
Sucka wrote:
<quoted text> Yea, I would say. She 'did' your return. You were there 2 hrs.
One can 'do' any number of things for somebody, but if I don't agree to pay in writing, you're 'doing' it for free.
And just so you know, I received a courtesy call from H&R Block Customer Service last night. When I talked to him about what happened he apologized profusely for her lack of communication and said I did not need to return and did not need to pay.

Jamaica, NY

#411 Apr 13, 2013
I don't know why everyone hates H&R block. I tried to do my own taxes with the help of turbo tax..they told me I OWED $500 to the state. So, I went to H&H block. Cost me $80 (single, no dependents), I was in and out in 15 min and I had my maximum return in my back account within a month.

Temple, TX

#412 Apr 13, 2013
You can't trust all the CPAs or any tax preparers (such as H&R Block) to do your tax filing completely. You need to know some basic information like what is deductible and what is not. A thorough interview needs to be conducted (answer some personal questions) prior to filing taxes. I don't file any income taxes for anyone unless I do an interview. I've been doing tax filing for 4 years and all my clients are happy customers.

Also, I'm a CPA with a bachelor's and a master's degrees in accounting; however, my education from the universities didn't prepare me to file Federal or any State income taxes. I took 120 hours of extra training on my own before I started my tax filing business. CPAs are not specialized in tax filing unless they take extra training besides the regular accounting courses. Be aware!

Regarding to fees....there's no standard chart to follow. H&R Block uses a computing system that tells the preparer how much to charge based on the forms they use. If you go to a CPA who has a fancy office and employees, prepare to pay more. I work from home so I charge much less than my CPA associates.

To sum it up. Get to know some basic tax info. Ask your tax preparer questions (if they tell you it's not deductible, ask them why), and do not sign your 1040 unless you know what it's being done. Keep in mind, even someone else does your tax filing, you are still liable for every info sent to IRS or the State you live in - because you are the one who gives the preparer that info.

A good tax preparer (doesn't have to be a CPA) can maximize your tax return for you, but a poor educated preparer (even a CPA) can also get you in auditing with IRS.

Good luck to all.

New Iberia, LA

#413 Apr 14, 2013
We taked ours last year to they place. 120.00 and we gots copy's of everything

Green Bay, WI

#414 Apr 15, 2013
I was shocked to be charged over $800 for H&R to do my taxes- never again will I use this company. I thought $425 was too much from last yr with an accountant, but this is a rip off!!
Totally scammed

Washington, DC

#417 Apr 16, 2013
They charged 90% of refund! I had to tell the gal how to fill in her forms and they wanted $770! final cost $550 - how can they discount that much??? total ripoff - never again -- oh and forms are wrong - didn't use correct form so didn't get all deductions! have to resubmit corrected copy. Going to send complain to HQ but sure they don't care!

Temple, TX

#418 Apr 16, 2013
Tax preparers are not responsible for your IRS auditing. All info you give them is from you and they can't make it up - unless they make a mistake. Even if they make a mistake, it's still your responsibility to question and find someone else.

I never let me clients walk away without knowing all the info in their filing, sad to say, most of my clients only care about how much the refund is, but not what is being filed.

Tax filing might be boring, but you only do this once a year, and it's about your money. Ask your tax preparer questions, and one important note, keep all documents such as W2s, 1099s, receipts, and other related info together with your tax filing. If you are unfortunately being audited, you won't need the tax preparer because you have all the info.

In regards to H&R Block or any other tax preparers. If you don't like the way they file your tax return, you can refuse to accept the filing and walk away. Too expensive - you don't have to pay - let them know how you feel and leave.

Mesa, AZ

#419 Apr 16, 2013
I only made $5000 and they charged me $400. I am so pissed off to say the least!
Joey Allen III

Newton Highlands, MA

#420 Apr 23, 2013
Mybadge wrote:
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 $400.00 H&R charges fits in my pocket just fine now.
Agreed they charged me more than I got back last year and I owed h&r block like 150$ out of pocket forget them. They are terrible.

Mechanicville, NY

#421 May 1, 2013
Any way you look at it the working middle class pays more taxes than obamma

Concord, CA

#422 Aug 8, 2013
If you are getting that big of a refund that is poor planning. Refunds aren't a good thing. It is giving a zero percent interest loan to the government.

Chicago, IL

#423 Sep 25, 2013
As a CPA and tax preparer, I'll just tell you to shop around. H&R block is pricey. If you shop around, there will be CPAs and EAs that charge significantly over or under for the same service.

The advantage of a CPA is that they're there year-round to answer any tax questions.


Saltsburg, PA

#424 Sep 26, 2013
who I work for mad me a self contractor what do I I don't know how to or who to get help from.

Saltsburg, PA

#425 Sep 26, 2013
made not mad sorry

Temple, TX

#426 Sep 26, 2013
kat wrote:
who I work for mad me a self contractor what do I I don't know how to or who to get help from.
If you are getting 1099, it could be beneficial to you because you are considered self-employed, and eligible for business deductions. If you are getting W2, then you're an employee.

There are some rules that need to be complied before the company to put you in a contractor position. Perhaps you can get some advice from a CPA.
Erika Ornelas

Coalinga, CA

#428 Nov 1, 2013
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Coalinga, CA

#429 Nov 1, 2013
California Business Co. is the place to go

Decatur, AL

#431 Dec 8, 2013
I worked for H&R Block and am a certified RTRP. You're right; they charge by form, and the e-filing makes no difference: they're still e-forms. I think the rates are extreme, but you have to remember that they're dealing with...far below average intelligence rate. A lot of that money is just "deal with them" funds, and because they end up answering lots of questions and being available for people who don't have the sense to do the research themselves. If you can file your own, then certainly do so. The only thing H&R Block will catch that you might not on your own, is a few exceptions you might not have thought through. If you're worried about that, a CPA/local accountant might be better.

I would recommend going local even if you have to use a preparer. The local tax accountants are not paying to run a big organization, a corporate facility, and all those TV ads, and they will not - unlike H&R Block - call you at dinnertime every year for the rest of your life to remind you, in a nice, cheery voice, that you need to file with them.

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