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Readers' Choice: Best Last-Minute Tax Preparer

A face off between nearby cities and towns on where to go for last-minute tax help.

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Though paying taxes may be inevitable, this year the Internal Revenue Service has announced a two-day stay of execution. Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns since April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day—a holiday in the District of Columbia—falls on Monday, April 16.

But two more days or not, as Margaret Mitchell notes in Gone With the Wind, "Death, taxes, and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them."

Perhaps the most relief one can expect from the annual agony is to let someone else prepare their tax forms or at least supply a little help in the process. As the time crunch approaches, this week's Readers' Choice asks readers in College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, and Riverdale Park-University Park: "Where can you get the best last-minute tax help?"

Your choices are:

  • in College Park
  • Charles D. Hess, Sr., MS, CPA in Greenbelt
  • in College Park
  • in College Park
  • in Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt
  • in Greenway Shopping Center in Greenbelt
  • in Riverdale Park
  • in Riverdale
  • in Hyattsville
  • in Riverdale Park
  • in Riverdale Park
  • in Hyattsville
  •  in Riverdale Park

The poll is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Please vote no more than once per day. And if we've left out any great last minute tax preparers, let us know in the comments. 

Because this poll is not scientific, the votes will not be the sole consideration in choosing the winner. The winner will be determined by Patch editors, and the selection will be based on poll results, ratings and reviews. Please vote only once per survey and per Patch. Other Readers' Choice rules accompany this post in the PDF.

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