Tax season has a bad reputation for a good reason: it can be extremely stressful. Many people don’t really understand tax law and they just hope that whoever does their taxes understands enough that they don’t get in trouble with the IRS. That isn’t the way to live. You should feel confident in your tax preparer to the point where you hope that you accountant will go above and beyond to ensure that you get the most back. Furthermore, you should try to build a relationship with your tax preparer so that you can grow with that person.

Unfortunately, big name branches don’t always allow you to do that. They have a high turnover rate and it seems like you are just a number. That’s why it is important to find an accounting, CPA, or tax preparer that you can trust. If you haven’t found that person yet, here are a few in the State College area that we suggest:

1. Mindy M. Thomas CPA

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A full-service CPA firm in State College, Mindy M. Thomas CPA offers a broad range of financial services for people from all walks of life, from business owners and executives to those who are just starting their careers. They go above and beyond for each client, working diligently to problem solve and get you the most back on your taxes. 

One of the friendliest firms around, visiting them is a pleasant experience. Their energy and passion for what they do is palpable, even throughout the longest days of the year – those leading up to tax deadlines. If you need help with your taxes, or you have already done your taxes but you need help with a mistake or a problem from previous years, this is a fantastic team to work with.

If you want humans to do your taxes, not just run them through a machine, Mindy M. Thomas is a fantastic option.

2. Boyer & Ritter CPA

Called one of the “Most Trusted” CPA’s in State College, Boyer & Ritter CPA has one of the most outstanding track records that we’ve found.

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They are able to handle businesses of any size diligently and efficiently. Even more importantly, they will treat you with the same courtesy and respect, whether you are a small landscaping company or a corporation. 

According to their website, Boyer & Ritter have experience working in the “auto dealership, transportation, construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, non-profit and government sectors.”  As they have grown, especially within the past ten years, they have a commitment to customer service and helping people with specialized needs, especially audit support, acquisition divestitures, business valuations, and forensic accounting. 

Their team is promised of only the best and the brightest and those who are willing to put in the work – just like they’ve always done.

3. Ritchey Cox & Associates

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The firm of Ritchey Cox & Associates is a larger team of five principals, six CPAs, and six other members of the professional staff. The firm “was started in 1982 in State College by Larry Ritchey who, with over 40 years of experience, continues to serve clients in the areas of audit and tax.” They have many clients that you will recognize, including multi-million dollar enterprises in the public and private sectors. The team has a wide range of experience, including those who have worked with the Big Four firms, larger regional firms, and audit and tax clients. No one is too big or too small to work with this team.

Ritchey, Cox, Hollis, Mock & Klein is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This means that they are continuing tto learn and grow from some of the best of the best in the field. It keeps them prepared to help their clients and become better at what they do.

4. The Ronan Group

According to their website, “The Ronan Group, P.C. is a team of experienced certified public accountants who you can count on for all your

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individual or business financial needs.” If you need help with payroll or an accountant to prepare your taxes, their team can help you. This is a relatively new company, but they still have a lot of experience and the willingness to grow and change with the modern way people make money and file taxes.

This is a team that handles many services efficiently and with great care. Some of these services include personal financial planning, tax prep for individuals, tax prep for small businesses, payroll services, and bookkeeping. They will even give you the tools to handle things by yourself, if that is what you want.

5. Urish Popeck

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Urish Popeck & Co., LLC is a “PCAOB registered accounting and consulting firm.” They work with private, public, and tax-exempt companies who need help with taxes and advisory services. Some of their clients also include families and individuals who need help in preserving and enhancing their wealth. They have connections all over the country, allowing them to help people who need assistance with out of state taxes and financial advice.

This is a great company to follow online as well. They are continually posting the newest laws, changes, information, and breaking news on all financial matters. Everything is displayed in an easy to read (and understand) fashion so that even someone who doesn’t know a lot about money can get something out of it. Their explanation skills continue into their in-person meetings as well.

6. David W. Wigfield & Associates

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The team at David W. Wigfield & Associations have been serving the State College area in all of their tax and accounting needs since 1991.

They work with both individual tax services as well as those of businesses. 

This is a team filled with people who are voracious learners, they love to read over tax laws and find out the newest ways to keep their clients happen. Even more importantly in today’s world, they are always willing to learn more about their craft. They want to go above and beyond to help you get the most out of your finances and taxes.

Each person at David W. Wigfield & Associates is a great choice for your trust and confidence during tax season.

7. College Hill Tax Prep

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“Come grow with us,” is the slogan for College Hill Tax Prep, and as we explained at the top, we think that is one of the best things to look for in a tax firm. You want to find a company that is going to grow and learn with you as you go throughout life – when you decide to buy a home, when you get married, when you have children, when those children need college funds, and when you decide to retire. Year in and year out, those life changes will impact your taxes and your financial planning – that’s where a firm like College Hill Tax Prep comes in handy.

According to their website, their services “encompass nearly every aspect of financial life. We are experienced in all matters of accounting and taxation, IRS problem resolution, estates and trusts, business formation, financial planning and investment, real estate and business sales.”

If you are looking for a firm to grow with, this is one of your best options.

Make Your Tax Return Grow

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If you want a truly special outdoor area, JRS Landscaping can help provide you with one that beats your expectations. Whether you want some simple sidewalk installed so that you can get around easier, or you want something more extravagant like an outdoor kitchen or an entire yard makeover, we can build the backyard of your dreams.

Give us a call now so that spring and summer 2017 can be your best yet.

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