Quality Tax & Bookkeeping Service, Inc.

12 Corser Street
Suite 411-414
Holyoke, MA 01040

     Phone (413) 535-1773     Fax (413) 535-1056     sue@qtandb.com     www.qtandb.com

November, 2015

Dear Clients,

Greetings! This is the last year-end letter I'll write to you from Quality Tax. That's right, I'm retiring after this upcoming tax season; the official closing date will be November 15, 2016. And while I'm looking forward to a less stressful life filled with grandkids, travel, and hobbies...I know I will miss you, my clients. The trust and loyalty you've given me these past 30 years is truly humbling; I will always be grateful.

This summer I consulted with a business broker to learn how to refer my clients to someone with my level of expertise and commitment. He was impressed by my client list, but my average rate ($100/appointment) is only half of the industry standard. He suggested that I make my fees more comparable to the standard by adding $50 to my appointment fee. Such a move, he said, would interest a higher-quality successor.

So I have re-vamped the pricing chart I sent out last year. This may seem like a huge increase; I realize that for some of you it is. However, many of you last year had more complicated taxes (with the extra schedules for rentals, capital gains, businesses) yet, because you came to your appointment fully prepared so that I could finish your return within the time limit, I still only charged you the appt fee. I will continue to honor that practice...trying to keep your fees commensurate with the time I must put into your return preparation. Dependent's tax fees will remain the same.

Here are the new rates:

Individual Taxes (Form 1040 / 1040A) Dropping off Appt. with Sue
Minimum Charge $100 $150 / half hr. appt.
With Simple Taxes for Dependents An extra $20-$50 per return An extra $30-$50 per return if time
With Rental Properties (Schedule E) An extra $50-$300
With Capital Gains (Schedule D) An extra $50-$200
With Sole Proprietorship (Schedule C) An extra $100-$400
Partnership Taxes (Form 1065) $350 - $1500
Corporate Taxes (Form 1120 / 1120S) $550 - $3000
Tax-Exempt Taxes (Form 990) $500 - $2500

Also remember that we accept all credit and debit cards.

Tax Credits Still Available for 2015 Tax Returns:
Education Credits...Adoption Credits...Earned Income Credit

Congress has until the end of the year to legislate "extenders" on popular deductions that are due to expire. If you recall, their last-minute legislation in 2014 kept ALL the expired deductions in play. We need to wait and see what will happen with teacher credits, equipment expensing, and MIP deductions.

I have included the "special situation" tax list is on the back. Of course, everyone needs to remember:

If you are dropping off your taxes, please bring them in an envelope with your name, correct address, and phone number clearly printed on the outside. "Drop offs" will not be accepted after Sun, April 3rd!

So, I hope to see you in the upcoming tax season. Marj is here to book your appointments Mon-Fri, 9:00 to 3:00, so give her a call! And thank you...for everything.

Sue Lastowski, Enrolled Agent