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Lakeland Accountants

Browse these accountants with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lakeland.

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JBJ Tax & Accounting Service
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Georgette D.
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My father has been our corporate CPA since its inception, but retiring this year. That caused a great deal of anxiety and stress being able to trust another Accountant or CPA. After researching several local firms referred, I wasn’t pleased. So, I searched Thumbtack, received many responses, and could view everyone’s profile. I chose to contact JBJ Bookkeeping and spoke with Jeremy Derhak. After interviewing him, I hired him initially to clean-up our 2016 QBO bookkeeping. Seeing his work, I was impressed by his professionalism, responsiveness, proficiency, and level of competency. JBJ Bookkeeping has now been retained on a full-time basis. Without hesitation, I highly recommend JBJ Bookkeeping to anyone apprehensive like I was about switching firms. Jeremy Derhak goes above and beyond for his clients and that is a true rarity these days! Thank you JBJ Bookkeeping for treating us as clients and not a number.

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Gulf Coast Accounting & Tax
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Omer M.
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Shane was very fast and very communicative. He worked on our project over Christmas weekend and accomplished what other accountant's claimed as 70 hours worth of work in 6. MSM has my vote and we are honored to write this review.

A. Leake Accounting Inc
4.6
from 24 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Richard E.
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I was looking for an accountant for my business about 2 weeks ago. I had did phone interviews with about 4 accountants. I finally made the decision to meet with Andre at A Leske Accounting and I am so happy I did. He fully explained in detailed to me and my business partner everything we needed and why. He went over ever question we had and gave us a full explanation on why you do it this way to get the most out of taxes. After our experience working with Andre, we couldn't be happier. We plan to send out business friends to him. We give A Leake Accounting a 10/10. He went above and beyond of what we were expecting. A plus service all the way.

RockWall Advisors, Inc.
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
David C.
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I am relatively new to the area so I was looking for a local accountant. Rockwall was great. Their service was simple and matter of fact. The people were all considerate, pleasant and interested in my case. The price was simple and up front with no hidden fees or whatnot. I plan on using them for the forsee able future.

Joel Schmitz, CPA
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Dan B.
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I found Joel Schmitz ad on the Web, and thought I needed a new Tax accountant , my taxes are fairly easy but I was tired of paying way too much to the big box firms that you only see from Jan. 1 thru April 15. I made an appointment with Joel and was pleased that I didn't have to wait. He ansewered my questions and gave me pointers on the new tax season and what to expect and prepare for, like stock earnings . His rates in my opinion were far better than those firms that charge per page. I'm looking foward having Joel do my taxes this year in his new office

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DA Accounting Inc
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Wilmer E.
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I used the same accountant for years and when he retired, I was not sure who to use. I ended trying DA Accounting, Inc and this was the BEST decision I ever made. They are on top of everything and helping me run my business much smoother. I totally recommend them.

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Oaks Accounting
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Stafford L.
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I used Oaks Accounting for both my business and personal returns. Not only did I save on my tax bill, but I also learned how to better structure my business and manage my finances! The service was timely, efficient and much more insightful than I'd bargained for. Most importantly, it was accurate and I didn't feel like I was being taken advantage of for what I didn't know. I highly recommend!

  • 17 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mark G.
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Shannon was very nice yet very professional. We felt extremely comfortable with her and confident with her capabilities. Also veteran friendly!

KLM Advisory
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Patty A.
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Ms Matthews had our return completed in 4 days and explained everything thoroughly. Totally recommend her as an accountant

  • 7 years in business
Charles F.
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I have run multiple businesses for over 2 decades and have worked with various bookkeepers and accountants. Rebecca and her team are amazing and second to none! Outstanding service and great customer service too. I recommend them to colleagues often!

D Centeno Accounting LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
Tony M.
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I cannot find one negative word in my vocabulary to describe Debbie. She has been consistently responsive; has demonstrated a clear understanding and knowledge of her accounting field, unquestionable professionalism and a commitment to support her clients. I would contract with her again if the need arises.

  • 36 years in business
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I am an expert accountant and administrator who can provide professional services independently or as a team. I have knowledge of various accounting software and Microsoft Office 2010. I am currently available. I will travel to you or work from home. I believe in 'dress for success', ethics and good relationships.

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The services I provide are the following: * Journalize transactions, posting them to the accounts in the ledger by using QuickBooks * Organize bookkeeping records * Successfully control five stores inventory, tracking to ensure that inventory is not wasted or stolen * Calculate employees' payroll; pay quarterly federal and state tax and sale tax * Report financial statements every month with a combination of Excel and QuickBooks * Applied S corporation for employer through IRS and the state of FL * Prepare tax return for the corporation, partnership * Prepare tax return for individuals

  • 15 years in business
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We are small business accountants who offered excellent and professional services in a timely manner, always helping our clients for their best result.

  • 18 years in business
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JA Financial Services has more than a decade of experience providing high quality accounting, tax and financial planning. We offer excellent customer service to all our clients.

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We provide general and tax accounting. We offer QuickBooks GL/payroll/review, 1099 and W2 processing, quarterly and annual payroll, and sales and use tax.

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I am your affordable comptroller. I do general accounting, books keeping, taxes, business advisory services, business plans and loan packages.

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I have 30 years of experience in business management as CFO, HR and PR. I have multi-company expertise with over 20 years of experience in commercial, multi-family and development real estate areas. I have 10 years of experience in personal and small business tax services. Does your small- to medium-sized business needs office management, accounting, budgeting and property management? Call the expert.

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We believe to fully understand your company, you must look beyond prepared financial statements. As your partner, we strive to provide your executive team with the information they need to better manage and grow the company. We work to keep our clients abreast to any industry or tax related changes that may affect their company. In our efforts to provide the most efficient services and while staying compliant with GAAP standards, we communicate our client’s financial picture in a simplistic fashion, wherein the client can clearly understand their record keeping without feeling detached from the conversation with the terminology that often, only accountants understand. We’re here to help.

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I have an MBA with 15 years of experience in accounting, tax, and payroll. I am available on Friday afternoons, Saturday, Sunday, and most evenings. I can come to your business or handle business over the phone and Internet.

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I've got experience in working in an office with accounts payable as an accountant. I also have experience in taking care of and training dogs and cats. I have experience organizing files and making customer service calls. I've got some experience with both modeling and photography.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

Who can file my taxes?

Any individual with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is eligible to file your income taxes on your behalf. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best candidate to provide the help you need with your income tax preparation. The IRS explains that CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents are all allowed to legally represent their clients before the IRS. They have a more thorough understanding of tax code than an individual operating solely with a PTIN or an Annual Filing Season Program participant who provides their services on a volunteer basis. Consider the complexity of your tax return and what level of expertise you’ll require. Before entrusting someone with your private financial and personal information, do some research on their qualifications. The IRS has a searchable database where you can verify the background and credentials of your income tax preparation professional. Once you have selected someone, ask about their service fees and confirm their availability. Then provide them with all the documentation they require, including W-2s, 1099s and more. Always ask to review the paperwork before it is submitted, and never sign a blank tax return.

How much does it cost to get taxes done?

Hiring a professional to help with income tax preparation can be priceless. Pro help can mean no mistakes and a maximized tax return. The cost to get your income taxes done depends on the professional you hire. Tax attorneys or in-demand CPAs will often have the highest rates for their services. Next in the pricing tier are enrolled agents, who will usually have higher rates than individuals solely working with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Nationally, the average cost of income tax preparation ranges from $150 to $190. Income tax preparation prices can also vary based on where you live and the complexity of your tax returns. Here are some examples of average income tax preparation prices from an enrolled agent:  

  • Taxpayers filing only a W-2 tax form: $50.
  • Taxpayers filing a W-2 along with additional tax forms such 1099-INT and 1098-E: $150.
  • Taxpayers with several tax forms and one or two additional considerations such as a rental property, investment transactions, K-1 income, 1099-MISC or a simple small business: $225.
  • Taxpayers with multiple activities (rentals, K-1 income, small business, etc.), several stock transactions and more: $395.

Nationally, the average hourly rate nationally for a tax prep professional ranges between $150 and $450.  

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