With tax season upon us, it's time to start thinking about your tax return. D. Michael Bartholomew, a certified public accountant in Texas City, is all ready gearing up for that. Bartholomew prepares tax returns for all sizes and types of business as well as returns for individuals.
With over 30 years of experience preparing tax returns, no return is too big or too small for his office.
Paid tax preparers must register with the IRS and receive a paid tax preparer identification number. In order to obtain a PTIN, a preparer must complete continuing education hours each year and pass a competency test.
“This requirement is in place to help protect taxpayers and to help reduce the number of returns filed incorrectly,” Bartholomew said. “I see a number of returns each year that are filed incorrectly. Returns filed with improper or missing deductions can cost the taxpayer a lot of money.”
By the time the taxpayer pays the back taxes on a return prepared incorrectly and the IRS adds penalties and interest, the time spent locating a qualified tax preparer is time well spent.
Bartholomew takes an interactive approach to preparing his clients’ tax returns. For most taxpayers, if they make an appointment, he can go through all of their information and finish their return while they are there.
If he is not able to finish the return, they leave knowing what information is lacking and where they stand with their taxes. For those clients that are not in a rush, they are welcome to drop off their information and wait for him to call them regarding any questions he has.
In addition to preparing tax returns, Bartholomew’s office is open year round to answer your questions.
“I stand behind the returns my office prepares,” he says. “I represent my clients before the IRS free of charge for any return prepared by my office if it comes under question by the IRS.”
This service is also provided on a fee basis for returns prepared by others. In addition to tax services, his office also provides accounting, payroll and consulting services to businesses of all sizes.
Visit Michael Bartholomew at his office, located at 3212 13th Ave, N. in Texas City. Stop by for a visit, or give him a call at 409-948-1681.