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Columbia Accountants

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Bill Walker
from 16 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael H.
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I am grateful to be working with Bill Walker. Bill is professional, diligent and pleasant to be around. Bill completed a corporate tax return and two personal tax returns on time as promised. I recommend Bill Walker for anyone looking for an experienced and reliable accountant. Thank you Bill!

Keymone Capital Management
from 4 reviews
    Cassandra G.
    Verified review

    I went to schedule a plan to pay my bills on time and how to save money. My experience was great. Keymone showed me how to pay my bills through my bank account. I have been consistent for 2 months now. Thanks keymone!

    • 7 years in business
    Sheila F.
    Verified review

    Charles has done my taxes for years and is always very profession and quick. I don't have a worry in the world with him as my tax person I know I'm good hands

    Mosley Group, LLC
    from 2 reviews
      D. H.
      Verified review

      Assist with Service Mark registration for my company.

      Padgett Business Services
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Margaret C.
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      I have been using Padgett Business Services for over 15 years. I have always received timely reports and friendly service. I would recommend them for any small business accounting needs. - M. Causey Old Mill Antique Mall

      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Kathy Y.
      Verified review

      Jeannie is a professional who knows her stuff!


      I have worked for different companies where I have performed accounting services, including tax preparation, a/p, a/r, bank deposits and reconciliations. I oversee junior staff as well as supervise collection process, customer service and much more.


      Helping my clients run their businesses and keeping their finance's in order.


      I Specialize in taking the chaos out of numbers and helping entrepreneurs get rid of the accounting headache.


      I am smart and dedicated. I'm a nice person to work with and get along with. I like being on time for my work.


      I have over 20 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation [payroll taxes (941's) and sales tax].


      Gaye & Associates Financial Services LLC provides accounting and tax services. With profit and growth expectation, we are helping small businesses lower taxes and increase profit.


      I'm an enrolled agent and professional accountant who would like the opportunity to provide you quality and efficiency at reasonable rates. My services include the following: * IRS representation * bookkeeping * payroll * tax projections * tax preparation for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and non-profits


      Recently, I became a tax preparer, and I have been doing accounting for more than 30 years. I would like for my company to grow in the tax preparation service.


      We solve tax and money needs for individuals and businesses. We do tax and business consulting. We are a CPA firm with over 40 years of history serving our clientele. We take pride in helping to do those things others may find tedious, but we make easier by calling on our vast experience in the tax area.


      I provide a variety of accounting services to small businesses, i.e., bookkeeping, A/P, A/R, account reconciliation, and journal entries.

      • 31 years in business

      We are a Columbia, SC based accounting firm. Our company specializes in accounting and tax preparation services for a wide variety of clients. We specialize in the following: * Tax return filing and tax planning for individuals * Bookkeeping and payroll services for small businesses * Corporate tax return filing We have a broad experience in a very diversified kind of businesses and industries for more than 30 years. It is "where experience makes a difference." Our annual participation in continuing professional education courses offered by local chapters of national accounting and tax associations keeps our firm on the leading edge of ever-changing tax laws and accounting methods. We will thoroughly and conscientiously study your personal situation and tailor our advice to your specific needs.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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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