How Much To Charge a Tax Client

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Determining how much to charge a tax client for tax preparation is a skill that takes time to master. There are a couple different ways you can go with it, either by the form or by gaining an overall idea of the complexity of the return. The first way is more straightforward, the second has a little more art involved.

Factors not only include the complexity of the return, but also the difficulty of the client! If a client seems difficult to deal with, their return will be more than someone else with the same return, but easy to deal with.
So keep all of these factors in mind when giving a quote for tax prep services.

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