Taxes for Individuals & Small Business
May 23,2013 – I’m not taking any new clients right now. I’ll be back later in the year. Thanks!
Hi, I’m Mariette, and I’m a CPA in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I specialize in tax preparation and planning for independent contractors, freelancers and other sole proprietors, as well as S corporations and small partnerships. Internet and web-based businesses, developers, designers, writers, photographers, and other creative professions are a main focus of my practice. I also enjoy working with counselors, therapists and other health care and wellness professionals. And some other businesses like a tattoo artist, a blacksmith, and a microbrewery, just to keep things interesting.
I am set up to work remotely so I can work with clients wherever they happen to be. I use a secured portal service called Onehub to share documents privately, and have electronic signature and electronic filing capability, so you can get your taxes done from anyplace in the world with an internet connection.
I support QuickBooks, QuickBooks for Mac, Kashoo, Wave, Zoho Books, Harvest, FreshBooks, Saasu and Xero. I am conversant with most cloud accounting and bookkeeping software and can provide help in finding a solution that works for you.
I also provide new business startup consulting. If you’re going out on your own for the first time, and want to find out what you need to do for taxes and how to do it, we can talk by phone or Skype, or meet if you’re in Seattle. A consultation is $125, usually takes about an hour, and you will get a pdf to keep so you have the information to refer to later.
I like to keep things as simple as possible, but not simpler. I’ve had to add a few small charges this year for services that only some people need, such as mailing and scanning paper documents, to accurately reflect the time spent and to keep prices fair for everyone. The current fee schedule is here.
Too much? If your taxes are not complicated, and you made less than $57,000 last year, you can use IRS Free File. The IRS provides a free filing program for people of moderate income. You don’t need to buy TurboTax or use a tax-prep chain. For people with simpler tax situations who don’t need a professional, I’m happy to recommend IRS Free File.
I take PayPal. Also Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, using Square, a great new credit card service that runs on my iPhone. I am also happy to take checks and crisp $20 bills. If there is some other way you’d like to pay me, let me know. I am really motivated to make it convenient for people to give me money.