I do both consulting and preparation, though truthfully mostly supervise the preparation. I have a lot of great preparers with me. As for costs, I generally like to have one or two visits either on the phone or in person where we get to know each other so I can understand your needs. After we talk and I find out what is going on I can give you some prices for preparation. I usually don’t charge my clients for email, phone, or office visits. If I find a reason to charge clients I will tell them in advance.
Since you are doing “freelance” work I suggest we talk soon. It is easy to save tax before you earn the money. Once you have earned the money basically what I do is record history. I have good historians but most freelancers don’t realize they need a prognosticator to help them shape their tax destiny.
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