We offer a typical fee range of $700 to $950 for your partnership tax returns (Form 1065) and corporate tax returns (Form 1120 and 1120S). The range might seem broad, but it depends largely on the quality of your accounting records, how organized you are, the past accuracy of your balance sheet and how much clean up is required. Not to fret- we are your small business CPAs!
And Yes, your fee could exceed $950. Crazy things like partnership accounts, adding or removing owners, capital accounts, odd-looking balance sheet entries, several moving parts, basic disorganization, advanced disorganization, disguised disorganization, misrepresented organization, etc. can all increase your fee. Having said that, we are in the business of developing lasting relationships and not money grabs.
We can take spaghetti and turn it into a solid tax return, but unraveling and re-assembling takes time. Yet as you can tell, we are reasonable with our fee structure.
Our Philosophy as Small Business CPAs
As professionals, our pride and ethics will not let us submit a tax return that is in all intense and purposes one hot mess. More often than we like, we inherit another accountant’s previous tax and accounting work, and some basics on S corp taxes or partnership taxes were overlooked. In these situations, we’ll advise you on the best course of action and the risks involved. Most problems involve the balance sheet and specifically equity accounts, which are rarely important until it is time to sell, close your doors and / or get a loan. You run a clean operation, let us make sure your books and tax returns reflect the same pride you have in your business.
Single Member LLC Taxes
A single-owner (single-member) LLC is considered a disregarded entity, and therefore its income or loss will flow onto the owner’s Schedule C within their personal federal tax return. Therefore, a corporate tax return is not required. The fee for this situation is incorporated in the fee for your personal tax return (typically between $400 and $600). However accounting services in conjunction with the tax preparation is available and might be required.
But some states, such as California, Washington, Texas and others might still impose a state tax or a state franchise tax on single-member LLCs even if they are considered disregarded by the IRS and Federal government.
S Corp Taxes, Partnerships, C Corps
As mentioned, most partnership and corporate tax returns can be prepared between $700 and $950. Having said that, if you maintain your own financial records or accounting books, our past experience has suggested that an extra 3-5 hours will be required to properly prepare your corporate tax return. Specifically most errors center on general balance sheet issues, retained earnings and payroll. And these areas of your corporation’s financial records are critical in terms of accuracy.
For our foreign owners of C corporations, additional time is necessary for possible back-up withholdings, Form 5472, Form 8233, W-8 BEN and tax treaties, among other issues that need special handling. In these situations our tax preparation fee will be $1,000 to $1,200 for any C corporation owned by foreign investors or owners.
All partnership and corporate tax returns are reviewed with you in-person, over the phone or Skype. While a lot of our interaction might be electronic, we prefer to handle business tax returns more traditionally. In our experience, reviewing a tax return together provides you with some education on how a tax return comes together, allows you to ask valuable questions and ultimately creates a better tax return. After tax return preparation, we will schedule a 30-40 minute meeting with you. Exciting! This truly helps everyone understand each other better, and makes for a better tax return.
Prior Year Accounting, Tax Prep
If you need prior year accounting plus a corporate tax return, we typically offer a discount for those combined services. Depending on the number of transactions and the overall complexity of the accounting, we offer a fee range of $1,400 to $1,800 which includes the tax preparation. Additional factors that are considered are number of bank accounts, credit cards, personal versus business use of funds and how quickly we can translate the statements into accounting records.
We also have a short list of additional fees that might be incurred depending on your tax situation. Please visit our Fee Structure page for more information.
In other unicorn-type cases, we have also reduced our tax preparation fee to $400 to $600 for extremely simple corporate tax returns or for ‘no activity’ filings. Please contact us if you think this might be your situation. Yes, we believe in unicorns (above a 9 hot and below 5 crazy)!
Many CPAs will prepare a partnership or corporate tax return without a balance sheet– for certain situations a balance sheet is not required by the IRS. However, we feel that it is sound tax preparation practice to create this financial document in conjunction with your tax return regardless.
Partnership and S Corporation taxes also must track shareholder basis for future sales or loss deductions. Most tax corporate tax accountants don’t spend the time to record this information, and when you go to sell your business, capital gains becomes a big mystery. No shortcuts at the Watson CPA Group!
A small business can have a funny way of becoming bigger,and replicating poor accounting practices as you grow can create a much larger problem later- we prefer to lay the ground work today for an easier growth transition and exit strategy planning. This is to your advantage.
The Watson CPA Group are tax and business consultants, not just number crunchers. Anyone can balance a checkbook. Anyone can print a paycheck. Anyone can put the right number in the right blanks. But we take a consultative approach to your corporate and partnership tax preparation. You can always find someone to do it for less- of course. However consider the solid back-end support which you will get with the Watson CPA Group that other tax preparation companies or small business CPAs might not provide. Read more about our Value Proposition here.
We are your partnership and corporate tax preparation experts!
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