How much do we charge?
Our fees are based on the complexity of your tax return. We have a posted fee schedule readily available to the public at all of our offices. In general, we charge a fixed price for each tax form and worksheet used in the preparation of your tax return. For certain items like stock sales and depreciation, a per-item charge also applies. In general, we do not charge for line-items which is a common practice of most other tax preparation companies.
Oregon Laws Governing Pricing Disclosure
Oregon Licensing Laws governing advertising and pricing state:
"No licensee shall give or offer to give a discount unless:
- The discount is based upon a conspicuously posted basic fee schedule at the licensee's place of business; and
- The fees on the posted basic fee schedule are the usual and customary charges of the business; and
- The posted basic fee schedule is made available to the general public."
The purpose of this rule is to ensure income tax services which advertise discounts to attract customers fairly and openly disclose their pricing. In accordance with these laws, Pacific Northwest Tax Service makes every effort to openly and fairly disclose our pricing. We believe it is the responsibility of all licensed tax professionals to adhere to the Code of Conduct set forth by the Oregon Board of Tax Service Examiners. Click here for a link to the Tax Board's rules governing the coduct for tax professionals in Oregon.
Individual Tax Return Preparation Fees
Our fees are generally form-based. For example, if your tax return includes Form 1040, Schedule A, and Oregon Form 40, we would charge a fixed price for each these forms.
For 2011 our fee for Form 1040 is $164, Schedule A is $54 and Oregon 40 is $39 for a total preparation fee of $257.
Below is a table which outlines some of the most common tax return situations and our fees for preparing forms associated with these returns.
|Tax Return Includes the following income and deductions||Forms Required||Total Average Price Charged|
|1040EZ Short Form, W2 Income only, no dependents. Federal and Oregon State. Electronic filing.||1040EZ, Oregon 40||$141|
|1040 Short Form with dependents. No childcare expenses or Earned Income Credit. W2 Income only. Federal and Oregon State. Electronic filing.||1040A, Oregon Form 40||$93|
|1040 Short Form with dependents and Earned Income Credit. W2 income only. No childcare expense, or Additional Child Tax Credit. Federal and Oregon state. Electronic filing.||1040A, EIC, Form 40||$238|
|1040 Short Form with dependents, Earned Income Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit. W2 income only. Federal and Oregon state. Electronic filing.||1040A, EIC, 8812, Oregon 40||$263|
|Long Form 1040, Itemized Deductions with dependents. Income is from Wages, Unemployment, Pension, Social Security, and Interest and Dividend income under $1,500 only.||1040, Sch A, Oregon Form 40||$257|
|Long Form 1040 reporting income from Self-Employment. Price will vary according to complexity of the business return and other forms and schedules that are a part of the tax return. Please complete our Price Estimate Worksheet and contact our offices for a more detailed price estimate.||1040, Schedule C, Oregon Form 40||
Average $350 -$450
Depending on the time of year, we offer discount coupons which can save you money.
A complete price schedule is posted in all our tax offices. You are welcome to call our offices or come in person to request an estimate of what we will charge to complete your tax return. To assist us with providing you with an accurate estimate you can complete our Individual Price Estimate Worksheet. It is helpful to have a copy of your tax return for tax year 2008 available.
Partnership and Corporation Tax Return Fees
Our fees for Forms 1065, 1120, and 1120S are form-based. Our fees begin at $400 with average completed returns generally running between $500 - $850. Financial analysis and bookkeeping charges are billed separately and may or may not apply to your tax return.
To receive an estimate of what we will charge to prepare your partnership or corporation tax return, please complete our Partnership/LLC, C-Corporation or S-Corporation tax organizer and drop by or call our office at 503-646-5600.
Bookkeeping & Payroll
Our bookkeepers are university graduates with degrees in accouting. Our bookkeepers are proficient with QuickBooks and other accounting software applications.
Our in-house bookkeeping and payroll service rate is $60 per hour. Or we can visit you at your business location for $70 per hour.
Business & Tax Consulting
Tax consulting services are billed in half-hour increments of $115 per hour. Consulting services with our CPA bill out at $200 per hour.
Please visit our Audit Services page for information about our audit assistance pricing.
How do I get a price estimate?
To receive an accurate price estimate simply complete our Price Estimate Worksheet, then drop by or call any of our offices. Please have the completed price estimate worksheet with you when you contact us for the price estimate.
Partnerships, LLCs, Corporations and S-Corporations can obtain a price estimate by calling our office at 503-646-5600. It is helpful if you can complete and give us a completed copy of our tax organizer.