Starzyk CPA, LLC

Portland, ME

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I try to make the tax return preparation process as painless as possible. Through utilizing secure online file-sharing, the document exchange process is fast, simple, and safe. I strive to provide timely and accurate service to all of my clients. I am also available year-round to help you with your questions. With approximately 8 years of experience helping both individuals and small businesses, I'm confident I can help you with your situation.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I've always enjoyed helping people take something that could be complicated, like taxes, and simplifying it for them. As a qualified CPA and through my years of experience, I am able to do this for my clients.

Location

Portland, ME 04103

Years in business

2

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

67

Reviews

42 Reviews
  • Asa W. Apr 26, 2017
    Business Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Great tax man
    Joe completed and filed our Federal and State business income taxes. He was friendly, courteous, professional and got us nice refunds. We will use him again.
  • Michael M. Apr 18, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Tax Help
    Joe did a great job, fast and thorough.
  • Daniel B. Apr 5, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Excellent CPA
    Great service. Very responsive. Easy to work with. Thanks Joe!
  • An-Ming H. Mar 29, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe provided excellent service!
    Joe provided excellent service. He was responsive, knowledgeable, and timely in preparing our returns. Even though our returns were much more complicated than your typical return, he charged us what he originally quoted through Thumbtack.
  • Abigail T. Mar 16, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Thanks, Joe!
    Joe was super responsive, gave us good advice with few different options, and got everything done for us very promptly. Will be working with him again!
  • Amy K. Mar 6, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Best accountant we've ever worked with
    Joe was amazing and got us a significant tax refund. He was easy to work with, very professional, and very knowledgeable.
  • Thorny S. Mar 5, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    I can't really think of a headline formthis, but Joe was great.
    Joe did our federal and state taxes. He was very professional and was willing to answer related questions, explaining clearly and succinctly. He works very well through on-line services and has a very good sytem set up to share data. He responds quickly to questions.
  • Greg D. Feb 28, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Had a great experience with Joe. He was very responsive and knowledgeable. He was extremely organized and asked the right questions. We will definitely be using him again, and I highly recommend him.
  • Joel D. Feb 21, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    I will be a return customer!
    Excellent communication. Went above and beyond to accommodate. I hope to continue to do my taxes with joe next year.
  • Elizabeth K. Feb 21, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Painless Tax Return
    Joe was very thorough and prompt in preparing our tax return. We will continue to use him in the future!
  • Meg W. Feb 8, 2017
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Great experience, my new tax guy from now on
    Joe did our 2015 tax returns. I hired a pro because we started an Airbnb and acquired a rental property, so things got complicated. I was a little hesitant to do everything remotely, but Joe couldn't have made things easier. He was quick to respond to my questions, clarified things with me if needed, and completed everything within a week, all for a very reasonable price (at least compared to local accountants near me!) I will continue to have Joe do my taxes from now on! Thanks Joe!
  • Thor Y. Sep 20, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Great
    Great fast service at a good price. Will definitely use him again.
  • Ellen C. Sep 15, 2016
    Business Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Professional Service, Expert Advice
    Joseph Starzyk, CPA provided accounting services for me as part of the steps I needed to take in launching a certain phase of my small (solo) business. For one thing, his response time upon hire was phenomenal; his process was highly professional - he gave me great confidence as an expert in the solo business world - and he delivered excellent, accurate, thorough and top-quality results. I'm looking forward to future work with Joe.
  • Rukma S. Jul 15, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
  • Michael D. Jun 30, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Exceeded my expectations
  • Sean B. Jun 23, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe is courteous, timely and accurate. He took a lot of time to understand my needs and delivered prompt service. I will definitely use him next year!
  • Sandy H. May 7, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe is very knowledgable. We hired Joe to prepare our personal taxes for 2015. He was very easy to work with and made the process simple. I was a little hesitant to work with someone out of state but he made it easy. We uploaded our documents he requested. When we had questions he either called or emailed and answered promptly. We are going to use Joe for our business taxes too!
  • John W. Apr 27, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe was very thorough and offered convenient options to securely upload tax documents allowing me to get my taxes done without leaving my house. Doesn't get much easier!
  • MP C. Apr 22, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Very responsive, great communication and quick to prepare return. Would highly recommend! He is CPA so can do work anywhere in the country. He also uses encryption to send and receive documents.
  • Gene S. Apr 21, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    great, professional service
  • Stephanie H. Apr 19, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe was super responsive and helpful during the entire process. He did not deviate from his original quote and made it very easy for me to get my taxes done. I love his secure and easy way of uploading tax documentation - it was really an effortless experience; thanks to Joe's Professionalism and quick turn-around time.
  • Laura W. Apr 19, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe saved me from myself! I was behind on my taxes and Joe handled ALL of it for me even tho I was so last minute about it! I felt so badly that I had put myself in such a bad position that I was ignoring the problem and Joe helped me to address it! He was hard working, flexible and did anything he could to help meet my needs. What a weight lifted. I am so grateful! Thank you!!
  • Ashley B. Apr 19, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
  • John M. Apr 17, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    professional, comprehensive - Joe is very responsive - my future business will be with him!
  • Donald W. Apr 16, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe kept is constant communications to complete the return 100% accurate the first time. He also finished it up in 2 days when previous cpa would take 2 weeks. And he just made getting him documents so easy
  • Amanda P. Mar 30, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe was fantastic in preparing my 2015 taxes. I had to file in multiple states, had both W2 and 1099 income, and several unusual situations. He we prompt, secured a much better return than I expected and his pricing was fair. I will certainly come to Joe again for future filing needs.
  • Brian O. Mar 24, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe is very professional and sets you at ease when discussing tax needs and expectations. I recommend Joe to anyone who is looking for affordable and timely tax service.
  • Zane N. Mar 24, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
  • Ralph W. Mar 21, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Solid job by Joe to get things done in a timely, flexible manner. We'll work with him again as it relates to tax preparation.
  • Alexander L. Mar 17, 2016
    Business Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Had LLC with S-election return that needed to be done for California entity. Joe & his company took care of it! No in person meetings or phone calls needed. Just prior year return and current year financials and he handled it. Would definitely recommend working with Starzyk.
  • Kury R. Mar 15, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Did s great job and was very informative about my current situation and the future.
  • Tiffany M. Mar 3, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe did a great job filing my 2015 taxes quickly and efficiently and he gracefully answered my random "what if" questions...even if that meant that he would have to get back to me on some of the really random ones ;-) I really feel that he is qualified to handle anything from simple to very complex tax returns.
  • MIA G. Mar 1, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    I had a great experience working with Joe. Responsive, quick, friendly, and excellent results. Thank you and I will definitely be working with you again next year!
  • Bryan E. Feb 20, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe is fantastic! Great communication and very efficient! Will use his services again next year!
  • Dion B. Feb 20, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
  • Matt H. Feb 15, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe did a great job. Quick, professional, and able to help remotely with no issues.
  • Romain T. Feb 10, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Joe was very responsive and professional and ensured i would get the maximum refund. Highly recommended!
  • Brienna G. Jan 29, 2016
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Awesome to work with! Very responsive. Process was quick, easy, and painless.
  • George M. Dec 4, 2015
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    I had 2 years of back taxes plus one that was due. I was initially reluctant to hire a tax consultant that was not local. The challenges of taking time from work and not getting any local recommendations from my friends in Denver I hire Joe. Joe was very professional, followed up on time and kept me on track to submit my documents before the final deadline this year. I would recommend Joe for your tax needs.
  • Mor D. Oct 9, 2015
    Individual Tax Preparation
    Verified Review
    Constant reminders from Starzyk to complete the TR. It was real good as I am a procrastinator. He had the lowest price which is a strong point. Overall very good.
  • Vincent Z. Sep 14, 2015
    This was my first year filing tax returns through Starzyk CPA. I worked directly with Joseph Starzyk, who was very quick and professional. He answered all the questions I had and I am confident that I could not have saved more on my returns.
  • Frank N. Sep 14, 2015
    Joe has prepared my taxes for the past several years, and the process has always been extremely easy; he asks for a few documents, asks a couple of questions, and then he comes back to tell me everything is all set. Joe has also guided me through the tax implications of job changes, graduate school, contractor jobs, etc. He always has the time and always has the knowledge to answer every little question I have for him. I highly recommend his services.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I like to bill a fixed fee whenever possible. I would get an idea of the work required, quote you a price, and do my best to stick by it. For consulting and other services where a fixed fee is not reasonable, my hourly rates are generally between $120 and $150.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to get to know who I am dealing with. If a business, a general idea of what you do, how the business is run, how you make money, etc. If an individual, just a general "what's going on in your life?" is all I'm after. Both of these will help me provide better service.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over 7 years of relevant tax experience. A majority of that I did while working in two large regional CPA firms. I have and continue to work with a varied group of individuals and small businesses to provide the services they need. I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University located in Waltham, MA - recently ranked the #2 business school in the country according to USA Today.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started tax preparation while interning in college. Kind of weird, but I loved it. I continued to follow this pursuit and made a career out of it. I am happy to own my own CPA practice now.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with homeowners, sole proprietors, small business owners, rental property managers, professional athletes, start-ups, freelancers/independent contractors and others.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Try to find a provider with an expertise that fits your situation. And don't be afraid to ask questions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Professional's relevant experience, availability, status of personal books/records, your budget.