January 2023 update: Our onboarding window for new 2022 returns to be filed during the spring 2023 tax season has now closed. If you are reaching out in early 2023, your returns can be extended and we can work with you over the summer to meet the IRS extended filing deadlines.
If you're new to The Business Guides, we're a CPA firm that works only with small business owners, primarily S-Corporation owners that are based in Washington State. Our team specializes in small business income taxes, so our clients get up-to-date expertise and guidance.
Interested in working with us? The first step is to complete our Quick Questionnaire, which is linked further down on this page, next to the photo of the laptop. But we want you to understand a few things first, so read on...
Your business might involve just you, or multiple shareholders and dozens of employees. You might be an owner-employee of an S-Corporation, a partner in a Partnership, or a sole proprietor filing a Schedule C who is focused on growth and profitability. The majority of our clients have S-Corporations -- we feel that is where we can provide the most value.
Our team of financial professionals takes a proactive approach to guiding business owners year-round. Yes, we prepare and file your federal taxes -- syncing the returns of the business and the business owner(s) for maximum tax efficiency -- and we also offer tax planning, suggesting final payroll and withholding amounts, and enabling you to make tax-efficient decisions on retirement plan contributions and big purchases before the calendar year is over.
At our highest level of service, we offer quarterly meetings with our team. How would it feel to have expert eyes on your year-to-date Profit & Loss Statement and advice on when to make capital investments, hire your first employee, or start a retirement plan? We build a relationship with you over time, really getting to know you and your business and your goals and dreams.
WHO WE DON'T SERVE:
> Non-clients. Sorry, we do not have the capacity to provide one-off consultations for business owners who are not our clients.
> Owners of multi-state corporations.
> Those whose sole business activity is rental real estate.
> Married couples who file separately on a regular or ongoing basis.
> New entrepreneurs just thinking about starting a small business. If your business idea is in the dreaming or planning stages, check out the resources in our section below on Just launching. Then circle back to us when you have business activity.
BASE PRICES FOR AN ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR TAX YEAR 2022:
• Schedule C business & the owner's personal return: $1,000 or $83/mo. (includes tax preparation & bookkeeping consultation)
• C- or S-Corp or Partnership return & one owner's personal return: $2,200 or $183/mo. (includes tax preparation & end-of-year tax planning consultation)
At least one of the business owners must be an individual client. Annual contracts include IRS correspondence services and audit protection and our signature "No Worries" customer service for your questions, anytime. We take federal taxes off your plate and are on your business team!
Prices are higher for state returns, additional schedules, foreign account reporting, complex investment sales, K-1 preparation for non-client owners, etc. We review your most recent tax return in preparing our pricing proposal.
Our basic tax service package includes:
> Federal (and state, if applicable) income tax returns for owner(s) and business.
> Tax return delivery meeting to explain your return before you sign.
> Tax Planning Review, with delivery meeting to discuss recommendations in your Tax Plan Report (optional but recommended for S-Corp owners).
> IRS correspondence services and audit protection (optional; it's like insurance).
> Ongoing and year-round access to the tax, accounting, and business strategy advice you need.
The Business Guides' modern, paperless experience includes:
> Cloud-based client portal for secure file transfer and storage of your data and tax returns.
> Secure and convenient e-filing and DocuSign.
> Online payment portal, accepting credit cards and bank transfers.
> Client e-newsletter with timely information.
> Educational conference calls, webinars and events with our team.
January 2023 update: Our onboarding window for new 2022 returns to be filed during the spring 2023 tax season has now closed. If you are reaching out in early 2023, your returns can be extended and we can work with you over the summer to meet the IRS extension deadlines. If that timing works for you, please submit our Quick Questionnaire so we can get you in the pipeline for filing in the summer or fall.
To get you filed on time, our internal deadlines for receiving your complete tax data are:
• February 15th for S-Corps & Partnerships (for filing deadline of March 15th)
• March 15th for C-Corps & Schedule Cs (for filing deadline of April 15th)
• August 15th for S-Corps & Partnerships (for extension filing deadline of September 15th)
• September 15th for C-Corps & Schedule Cs (for extension filing deadline of October 15th)
Through March 15th, we prioritize tax preparation for S-Corps and Partnerships and their owners. C-Corps and Schedule C business owners that submit complete data by March 15th are filed between March 16th and April 15th. We file all other returns by the extension deadlines. (See our Due Dates page for more info and any year-specific changes to the above filing dates.)
Take the first step and get your questions answered:
We're happy to have a complimentary consultation to discuss your current and future tax and financial needs as a business owner, and see if working together is a fit.
To inquire about a consultation, first tell us a bit about your business with our Quick Questionnaire.
New clients of The Business Guides are generally at this stage of their business:
• You've outgrown your current tax preparer's expertise and are seeking more proactive advisors.
• You're ready to hire professionals to take key tasks off your plate, knowing your time is better spent on your business.
• You're making good money and want to be more profitable and more tax-efficient (perhaps you're considering S-Corp taxing status). Or you're at the start of your business journey with a proven product or concept, and willing to invest in business and tax advice to get you there.
• You've prioritized your business bookkeeping, hiring a freelance or staff bookkeeper, or educating yourself on this critical task. You use accounting software (QuickBooks is most common in our practice, and we love the collaborative potential of QuickBooks Online) and run reports to monitor your business performance. *
* Good books are a prerequisite for working with The Business Guides. Need a bookkeeper? Call us for our list of referrals.
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