The first whispers of spring bring forth promise of a shining new year. A year full of hope, joy, and possibly redemption—oh never mind; it’s tax time. And you owe taxes to the IRS or state government. Forget about spring time. Forget about joy. Put everything on hold and start to worry… Or maybe not! Get professional tax solutions here at Business & Financial Solutions.
We know that worry and stress can dull the luster of life and increase the anxiety that comes with life’s difficulties. In fact, there are good scientific and psychological reasons for why worry related to tax issues may be one of the most acute forms of stress, when it arises, for the average American.
At Business & Financial Solutions, our titles may be ‘accountant’, ‘CPA’, or ‘Enrolled Agent.’ But in actual practice, our function is that of tax psychologist. We succeed when our clients succeed. And we measure success not only by a successful resolution. But also by the peace of mind that comes with it. You see, complex tax matters that require measures such an Offer in Compromise, an installment plan, or an Innocent Spouse Appeal can be as burdensome on the mind as they are on wallet; at least until they’re resolved. For most individuals and businesses, filing a simple tax return can be stressful enough. We can help with all of that and more.
Also psychologically apt is the desire to have things done in a manner that is both easy and cheap. Though our prices are quite competitive, BFS’s services aren’t necessarily as cheap as most tax software. But they are that much easier and much more foolproof. For those outside of the specialty of accounting, tax law, bookkeeping, and business plan development are opaque and confusing. When you purchase tax software you lose the peace of mind that comes from knowing you had the human touch. Or the touch of an expert—sign off on your tax filing.
Imagine you are facing a lawsuit and instead of hiring an attorney, you hire a robot that has been proven to know the intricacies of all legal matters pertaining to your case. The makers of the robot assure you that as long as you input the data correctly into the robot, you should be fine. You hear the whirring of the robots gears firing up as a computerized voice instructs to “leave the court. I will take it from here…” With cold sweat you walk away, hoping that your future remains intact. Whether you win the case or not, the robot’s makers still got paid. And unlike you, the robot does not know what it means to worry, fear, love, or regret underestimating the gravity of the lawsuit. And taxes can rival or exceed even the seriousness of a lawsuit…
Using tax software instead of a well-trained yet affordable accountant is analogous to purchasing a robot lawyer. The robot is cheaper, yes. But if there’s a glitch, a problem, a technical error, or an oversight, the responsibility falls on you, and you alone must solve the problem. This is why more Americans trust a knowledgeable accountant than software. With the software, you’re still ultimately paying someone else only to have to do the work yourself—like buying a cup of coffee only to have the server hand you an empty mug and say “start grinding the beans”.
A human can work with you, collaborate, check for errors, look for deductions, ask the detailed questions and, most importantly, correct him/herself. If you’re not sure whether or not taxes are of the utmost importance to splurge for the human touch, consider the infamous gangster of the early 20th century: Al Capone. Though he was hunted and investigated throughout his career by authorities, he did not finally have to face prison until they were able to charge him…you guessed it… tax evasion. As the syllogism goes, the only two things he could not evade were death and taxes; you may not be able to escape either of these things (until sufficient medical or cyborg technology is created), but you can prevent the latter from turning into the former.
Of course, these are all facts that tax software companies would rather you not know. Needless to say, they certainly don’t advertise when their software is programmed poorly or malfunctions and goes terribly wrong. Moreover, tax software can do scarce little to help you understand and resolve the complexities of back taxes. But that is a subject for another time…