Avoid this business. Howes Tax is the most crooked, toxic and incompetent business I have encountered in San Francisco. They routinely overcharge their customers for work they have not done and delay your work to extract more fees.
Mark Howes is also a world-class procrastinator who won’t get your stuff done until the deadline’s almost past, resulting in needless anxiety for you. And for the exorbitant fees that they charge, Mark isn’t even a CPA.
For something as important as your bookkeeping and taxes, you deserve far better. It’s baffling how they’ve remained in business. Month after month, they kept on charging me — for frivolous things like scanning documents, phone calls — without actually filing my forms.
“When are you going to file my forms, Mark?” No straight answer. Delay, delay, delay. After charging me over $2000, he *still* hadn’t filed the forms. When I worked with him, he had no idea about registered domestic partner stuff.
He requested that I bring lot of papers and documentation, and he did things very last minute and refused to bring all my original docs back to me. He made so many obvious mistakes. He was very rude in emails when I asked him to explain things.
He also did not respond to my communications in timely fashion. After I used him once, I went to another accountant which charged much less than he did, and he found lot of mistakes. We had to amend the prior tax return.