Preparing your own income tax return can be a task that leaves you with more questions than answers. Like it or not, today’s tax laws are so complicated that filing a relatively simple tax return can be confusing. It is just too easy to overlook deductions and credits to which you are entitled, and often times little mistakes can turn into big IRS nightmares. It’s best to leave tax preparation up to the experts.
When you hire Lawler & Witkowski to prepare your tax return you can be assured it will be prepared by an IRS licensed professional, and reviewed by a second IRS licensed professional. Your tax return will be analyzed by our state-of-the-art software specifically designed to identify potential problems the IRS may look at more closely. Once your return is complete it will be filed electronically providing proof of receipt by the IRS and State.
Do it Yourself Software vs Franchise Tax Companies vs Professional Tax Preparation
There are several options when it comes to tax preparation. The first option is to simply do it yourself. There are a few tax prep software programs that claim to help taxpayers do their own taxes, and some of them are even free. If your return is simple you may be able to use this option, but we caution you, many times when we meet taxpayers for a tax problem consultation we find it all started from doing their own taxes.
The second option would be visiting a chain tax preparation company. When you visit one of these companies you might be thinking that you’re working with a licensed IRS professional, but believe it or not, you’re most often not. These companies often hire seasonal workers and train them in the weeks leading up to tax season. That means that the person who you’re relying on for financial advice could have been doing a totally unrelated job just a month or two before you met with them. It might be hard to believe but in New York you need a license to cut hair, but not to prepare tax returns! While these seasonal tax preparers might know more than the average taxpayer and can handle basic returns, they are not considered tax experts.
The final option is to hire a Certified Public Accountant or IRS Enrolled Agent. You will find both here at Lawler and Witkowski. These professionals are full-time year-round tax experts. They are held to a higher professional standard and are required to complete educational classes year-round to keep up to date on the ever changing complicated tax laws. Our professionals have been doing tax returns for over 45 years. There isn’t much they haven’t seen, and nothing they can’t handle. Professional Tax Preparation at Lawler and Witkowski starts around $150 for basic returns and increases with complexity.
Contact us at (716) 631-5111 to request an appointment. Sit down appointments are available, or you can elect to simply drop off your information and we will prepare your return and contact you with any questions.
“From the moment we arrived at the office we were greeted warmly and the services provided were done with the utmost professionalism. We appreciate the preparation package sent to us prior to our appointment, it gives us the time to plan and ensure we have all of our documentation needed to complete our taxes in a timely manner.”Herbert K. – Client since 2011
“John Witkowski has been handling my accounting needs for over 30 years. He is both sensitive and very professional. The service is always top shelf, and John is always there when I need him.”James B – Client since 1984
“Always a pleasure to do business with Larry and John which is why I’m willing to make the drives from West Henrietta to Williamsville to continue the relationship.”Ronald D. – Client since 2012
We Can Help With Tax Planning Too!
Tax Planning is the key to successfully and legally reducing your tax liability. We go beyond tax compliance and proactively recommend tax saving strategies to maximize your after-tax income.
We make it a priority to enhance our mastery of the current tax law, complex tax code, and new tax regulations by attending frequent tax seminars.
Businesses and individuals pay the lowest amount of taxes allowable by law because we continually look for ways to minimize your taxes throughout the year, not just at the end of the year.
Book a Tax Planning Strategy Session and We Can Show You How to Legally…
- Grow and preserve assets by keeping Uncle Sam out of your pockets,
- Defer income so you can keep your money now and pay less taxes later,
- Reduce taxes on your income so you keep more of what you make,
- Reduce taxes on your investments so you can grow your wealth faster, and
- Reduce taxes on your retirement distributions so you can retire in style.