It may not be that time of year just yet, but tax season is right around the corner. If you’re tired of the seemingly endless forms to file, year after year, Valley Tax Service may have just the right service for you. A professional tax preparer for 11 years, owner Yolanda West has implemented an online service that allows you to file your own tax returns for a nominal fee.
According to the IRS Fiscal Year Data Book, the number of returns filed electronically has risen by 600,000 over the past five years to total around 2 million in 2009. Although many clients still prefer to come into the office, the rise in electronic returns has clearly taken off. Providing an online service allows West to take advantage of these numbers, but more importantly, it gives her clients personal access to a professional tax preparer. Just a phone call away, West will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have while doing your taxes online.
“The advantage of my web page compared to others is you have direct access to me. If you don’t understand or if something isn’t working the way that you think it should, you can call me and I can go online and look at your tax return and figure out what the problems are,” she said.
What sets Valley Tax Service apart from other big-name competitors is their ability to charge customers less money. Having a two-person team like seasoned tax professionals Yolanda West and co-owner Michael Switzer allows the couple more leverage and ultimately better rates for clients.
“I can offer a tax preparer return cheaper than just about anyone. You’ll find that our rates are extremely competitive,” said West.
Their mission is to provide the highest quality tax service to the community and surrounding areas by offering a broad spectrum of tax related services at a reasonable price, according to West.
West, a Kansas native, is an active member of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce; she was its president for 2009, and currently serves on the board as past president. She has also spent much of the past several years devoting her free time to the Grain Valley Assistance Council.
Being an Enrolled Agent allows West to practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of a taxpayer. West and Switzer bought their current downtown Grain Valley building in 2004.
“She’s an amazing lady,” said Switzer. “She knows the tax business really well and is a great resource for me,” he said.
Another great benefit West has recently started providing is what she calls her “what if” analysis. A software program allows West to create a financial analysis based on people’s future financial standpoint. Planning to retire? Worried about a lay-off? The “what if” analysis allows West to offer very important business advice so that clients can better plan for their financial futures.
Clients experiencing IRS or State liens, garnishments, or letters are welcome. Valley Tax Service offers all banking products available elsewhere and the business is capable of printing refund checks right in their Grain Valley office.
Other benefits for Valley Tax Service’s online clients include: e-file your taxes online from your own home with no software to purchase each year, file your State at the same time as Federal return, file multiple States at the same time if required, lifeline for program help or tax questions, pay with credit or debit card on a secure site, and questions about your return after filing season are no problem, since they are open year round.
If you’re one of those traditional clients that prefer to come into the office, benefits include: tax preparation in a traditional office setting, free consultations on IRS and State letters, e-filing of Federal and State returns at the same time, and e-filing of multiple State returns.
Convenient drop-off service eliminates waiting in line, fast service on personal tax returns with most being same day. Their services are reasonably priced. Tax questions from self-preparers are always welcome; notary, faxing and credit cards and checks are accepted.
Call Valley Tax Service at 816-847-2180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org when you need assistance with the program or any tax-related questions. Visit the online tax preparation site at www. prep.1040.com/ vtaxfileonline. You do not have to buy pricy tax software, and you receive free professional assistance in completing your return. Grain Valley Chamber members receive 20 percent off tax service. Mention the online special and receive 10 percent off.
Visit Yolanda West and Michael Switzer at 210 Cannon St. in downtown Grain Valley.