My Tax Dog
About this pro
In my opinion, the main reason (maybe the ONLY reason) to go to a "Tax Preparer" is the human factor of their "expertise". Pretty much everyone uses computer programs to file your tax forms anymore. Hopefully a professional will know any and all legal "tax avoidance" methods (that a program might not utilize) and use them in your favor. For the first time in my almost 70 years of LIFE I had a kickback from the IRS on a 2 year old return. They disallowed some medical deductions and noted some income that hadn't been filed at all! Numerous calls & emails to James/Tax Dog went unanswered. The one time I did get him on the phone for 15 seconds, he said he would call me. I am still waiting for that call. I had hoped he might have some suggestions or assistance to offer but I found that I was totally on my own. $2000 later, I am now nervously hoping that I won't have problems with my 2016/2017 returns filed by this "Tax Dog". All I saw was that James runs the info through a Tax program. When I asked about deductions this year he advised me that he had "run it through the program" more than once with the same result. If he had any expertise beyond the tax program I didn't see it. I strongly suggest you purchase a copy of Turbo Tax or such and just answer the questions yourself. Save a few hundred dollars. THAT is what I will be doing next year. No more "My Tax Dog" for me! As they say in Texas, "This Dog Don't Hunt"...IF I could have given LESS than1 star I would have...Jul 31, 2017Verified
It is regrettable, that my husband and I have to post this review. James appeared to be professional and ethical, however our experience proved the complete opposite and it was one of the biggest headaches imaginable. We used James for 3 tax years, and we never suspected that he was anything but a professional tax preparer, until we attempted to fill out our daughters FAFSA. The IRS tool kept saying that we hadn't filed 2015 taxes, but James confirmed that they were filed and sent me the copy of the return. He offered to help me get the needed transcript even, and he claimed over and over that it was coming but it never came and then he would disappear from the conversation. She missed out starting school that semester. I tried all through the interim and became desperate enough to sit on hold for over an hour with the IRS. They shocked me with the news that I hadn't filed 2015, as well as 2014! Panic was the closest emotion I can describe. It turns out that both returns were returned to him for a minor adjustment. He was the preparer so he received the alert. We were not informed and completely oblivious but you know the IRS rule and ultimately we were responsible for the cumulative interest and penalties for those two years. Of course he will not return calls, texts or emails and if he does it's very likely to be a stall or worse, a lie. If I knew then what I know now, I would be checking the status of any return I authorized him to file. My husband and I truly hope no one else gets caught in this awful and dangerous situation with this tax preparer. To date, he hasn't responded. He most likely knows that the conversation will not be pleasant.Jul 3, 2017Verified
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?Learned the basics from my father, learned at an early age, and tutored many of my classmates in College.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?Recently set up an Limited Liability Company for a client, as I asked questions, I assisted the client in learning more ways to save on his Taxes, due to his other business related issues.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Ask a lot of questions, my quota for potential clients is 3 questions, and then I want to set a face-to-face meeting. Ask about other clients in your type of business.