BlackBull Accounting, Inc.

Be Bullish. Spend less and receive more!

At BlackBull, we keep things as transparent as possible. Our tax prep fees are always form-based and fully itemized. Our Bookkeeping pricing matrix is set up to be hourly (sometimes flat rate). We do not charge by the hour for professional correspondence. As you know, each tax return is different and requires different forms, so prices vary (see Tracks A,B, and C below). Over the past 10 years, we have streamlined operations, increased efficiencies, consolidated multiple Class-A offices, embraced the "cloud", and reduced our overhead. We proudly pass those savings on to you.

In general, BlackBull pricing is often well below standard industry pricing.  A client of ours told us we are the "Costco" of the accounting world. We offer high quality products and services at a great value. We're OK with that! 

Although we use the industry’s leading tax and accounting software (which can be quite costly), BlackBull makes extraordinary efforts to keep costs down. The lower we keep our operating costs, the lower we are able to keep our fees. At BlackBull, we have decided to impress our clients with amazing service, quality, and value in lieu of a high-rise glass-and-stone buildings and fancy offices (although, our Carlsbad office is pretty cool). So far, that seems to be agreeable with everyone. If you feel we are over-delivering, then we are doing things right! Remember the win/win scenario?  Oh yeah, and don't forget to ask about our Military Discount. We take care of our active duty families!

Here is a quick break down of our pricing matrix:

Tax Return Preparation 

  • Our invoices are always itemized showing every form used and price per form (like a Costco receipt)!
  • No arbitrary or predatory pricing EVER! Pricing is NOT based on refund amount, tax savings, prep time spent, or income levels!
  • Basic Federal and State tax returns generally start at $200
  • To help provide a rough estimate up front, we have created three tax tracks: Tracks A, B, and C ‚Äč
    • Track A (basic to moderate) -      price range is about $200 - $500 (the average is roughly $390)
    • Track B (moderate to complex) - price range is about $450 - $600 (the average is roughly $510)
    • Track C (complex to crazy) -        price range is about $550 - $900 (the average is roughly $615)
  • Pricing increases with complexity (tax forms, schedules, statements, worksheets, and state filings)
  • if your final cost is below or above the average, there is always a reason!
  • Any additional tax research that your return requires is provided at no additional cost
  • We generally spend 10 - 12 hours preparing each tax return!! (the industry averages 3 hours or less)
  • Our tax preparation is a 17-step comprehensive process including 3 stages of quality control
  • We allow face-to-face or remote drop-offs and completions for ease and convenience
  • You may deduct your fees from your tax refund (nominal $33.95 bank fee applies)
  • We provide audit assistance services ($30 advance fee or $250 (and up) fee at time of audit)
  • We offer our LeapFrog rush service for $200-$500 depending on nature of the return (supply is extremely limited)
  • Keep calm! We strive to make sure our fees are never an issue for you
  • Some benefits of BlackBull tax preparation:
    • Reduction of taxes owed 
    • Accuracy and completeness
    • Capture of expenses and deductions
    • Time savings
    • Stress reduction or elimination
    • Reduced chance of an audit and/or letters (hate mail)
    • Explanation of new tax law changes
    • Proactive coaching, tips, and instruction


  • We only charge $65 per hour for bookkeeping and we are lightning-fast. 
  • We are VIP Diamond-Level QuickBooks and QBO Certified ProAdvisors! (that's kind of a big deal)
  • Our bookkeeping includes: QBO set-up, QBO subscription, customization, imports, uploads, synchronization, tech support, custom chart of accounts, transaction categorizing, reconciliations, bank sync, and financial statements
  • QuickBooks is real-time with 100% client access 24 hours a day - NO down time
  • We provide bookkeeping support monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or at year-end (or not at all if you are a genius)
  • Our Chart of Accounts set up is industry-leading and provides the transparency necessary for solid management decision making
  • Our financial statements are GAAP compliant and tax return ready
  • Our bookkeeping is accurate, efficient, valuable, and FAST. 
  • We bill on the quarter hour (not half hour) to help keep your costs down
  • The tax savings generated generally surpass the service fees. Most clients experience net gains
  • Financial statement production is part of our bookkeeping services and billed accordingly
  • Why spend hours of your precious time messing with something we can complete in minutes?


  • We price our payroll services with minimal margins for our bookkeeping clients
  • Payroll services are provided to you as a value-added convenience
  • We offer regular monthly payroll processing as an add-on to our regular monthly bookkeeping service
  • If you prefer ADP Payroll, we provide it at wholesale pricing

Financial Planning & Retirement

  • We offer 1 hour consultations for our prospective clients ($115 fee may apply)
  • Our existing clients enjoy our tax, investment, and retirement planning free of charge
  • As needs escalate, we refer you within our network of specialists and trusted advisors

  Set-Up of Corporations and LLCs

  • We do not bill by the hour!  All work is included for a flat fee of $1,775 (CA) (+ filing fees) * fees may vary based on state
  • Set-Up Includes:
    • Establishing Entity Name (including name availability check)
    • Filing FBN
    • Filing Employer Identification Number (EIN) 
    • Filing Form 2553 (S-corp election)
    • Limited Offering Exemption Notice (LOEN) filing with Department of Business (DOB) 
    • Initial filing of Statement of Information (SOI)
    • Incorporator's Statement
    • Initial Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting and Minutes (including waiver)
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • Appointment of Registered Agent
    • Corporate Bylaws
    • Stock Certificates & Ledger
    • Official Corporate Seal
    • Corporate Records Book (hardback, embossed binder with case)
    • Annual Reminder Checklist 
    • 1-hour business consultation upon completion

 Small Business Consulting

  • Mark created The Small Business Start-Up Workbook © to address the major needs of our small business owners (Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back)
  • The Workbook is economical, highly-effective, and provides a valuable resource to go back to
  • The Workbook alleviates the need to take notes, rely on memory, or consume additional time and money
  • BlackBull does provide additional small business coaching and consultations at a rate of only $115 per hour