For many of us, it is a scarier time of the year than Halloween: tax season. It takes a long time, the waiting rooms are always filled with people who would rather be somewhere else, the language they use is confusing, and you never remember to bring everything you need. Then, you have to wait weeks and weeks for your return to come in the mail.
If you want to avoid waiting in that room and forgetting things, you can do your taxes by yourself. However, that often results in you making a mistake somewhere – a mistake that can hurt you now by not giving you the maximum return or a mistake later where you have to pay fines because you got too much money back.
The solution? Going to a smaller, locally owned accountant or tax-preparer that will work with and not just treat you like another number. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Lawrie CPA Group
Lawrie CPA Group will help you to get your tax return done quickly and correctly so that you can get the best possible return. They understand that today’s tax laws are extremely confusing and that many people don’t understand some of the intricacies of preparing taxes. That’s why they want to help everyone in the Indianapolis area get more for their hard work.
They will check over your tax return manually and then use their software to double check everything so that everything goes smoothly. They will then file your tax return electronically, speeding up the returns. Even better, they can “show you how to adjust your payroll withholding to get more money back each week. Why give the IRS an interest-free loan for up to 16 months?”
2. Comer Nowling
Comer Nowling is a tax preparation firm that has been working for 16 years in this industry. They have been “a
National leader for audit/attestation/consulting/taxation services in the multi-family affordable housing, nonprofit, homeowner/condominium and taxation industries.” They work with many clients who are based outside of Indiana and span the entire country.
They are licensed in many states and at least one team member (or more) is a member of the following associations: the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants, Rural Rental Housing Association, Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana Apartment Association, Association of Government Accountants, and the Governmental Audit Quality Center.
If you are in need of real estate taxes, this is the team to go to this year.
3. Kristel’s Tax & Business Service
With two locations, Kristel’s Tax & Business Service is one of the most convenient options for people who need to get their taxes done quickly. They team is filled with people who are personable and outgoing, making you almost excited to get your taxes done. Even better, they will keep up to date with you throughout the year so that when tax time comes, you are prepared and ready to go.
They have an “AuditGuard” system as well that might make it easier for you to sleep at night. This team is able to offer that because they are so well-versed in their profession – they know tax law backward and forwards.
Pick whichever location works best for you and give them a call.
4. Rhodes & Knisley LLP
The team at Rhodes & Knisley LLP is a local favorite, they have been providing financial guidance, tax management,
and accounting services to individuals and businesses for a long time. They use their expertise, experience, keen eye, and thirst for more knowledge to continually improve and prosper. This might be why they have so many clients that are second and third generation clients.
One of the reasons that this team stands out is because of how dedicated they are to their clients. Each step of the process will be explained to you and they take your business into consideration with each and every move and choice they make.
If your business needs a team that will go the extra mile, consider Rhodes & Knisley.
5. R. Joseph Stark Jr.
R. Joseph Stark Jr. has been a Northeast Indianapolis favorite since 1985, working with new and established businesses to make sure they have their money matters straightened out. He helps with a wide range of “comprehensive services including tax preparation and consulting.”
While a major part of his business is tax preparation, he can also help new businesses get their feet off the ground so that when tax season comes, it will be smooth and easy for everyone involved. He helps with the “preparation of the proper paperwork required for government agencies such as the IRS, recommendations on the best form of business to operate under and the setup of accounting systems tailored to the client’s expertise and needs.”
As a member of the community and a financial advisor, he’s universally praised.
6. A.C.T. Services
A.C.T. Services is one of the best companies to go to if you need help with taxes for your small or mid-sized company.
They are also a great resource for people who are just starting their business. Their team is filled with local people who can help you with the challenges that businesses face during tax season. They use the latest tools and technology to ensure that you stay out of view of the IRS.
Between the entire team, they have over 70 years of experience and knowledge to address whatever needs you have, including bookkeeping, QuickBooks, accounting services, payroll services, tax prep, tax planning, and IRS help. As always, they are committed to excellence.
7. Robert Hodge Tax & Accounting Co.
Robert Hodge Tax & Accounting Co. have been one of the premiere options for those seeking tax prep and financial advice in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. They provide their services to individuals and corporations of all sizes. If you are looking for help with “Individual and Corporations, Payroll Service, QuickBooks Training and setup for QuickBooks Pro, Premier, QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions,” you can turn to this team as well.
Robert Hodge is a member of the National Society of Accountants and he’s a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals. His team is filled with people who are extremely knowledgeable about the tax code and who work extremely diligently to stay up to date with deductions and new preparation methods.
8. Laura’s Tax Service
Laura’s Tax Service is yet another company in Indianapolis that helps local families and businesses with their taxes
and other financial planning. Their firm runs on three principles that make them one of the best around: professionalism, responsiveness, and quality.
This team takes their craft extremely seriously, working to keep their standards high, their education strong, and their performance outstanding. They are also extremely responsive, answering questions you have quickly and efficiently, looking up information when they need to, but always providing you with the correct answer.
Finally, the quality of their work is always extremely high – they are working to win your trust so that you become a reliable client every year.
Put Your Tax Return to Work
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