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RDF committed to giving best possible tax services

MARTY WEAVER Romey Fagnano, a certified public accountant, stands in front of RDF Tax Services in Montoursville. RDF provides tax planning and preparation services for businesses and individuals alike.

You can count on “Reliable, Dedicated, Familiar” help with taxes in Montoursville.

Romey Fagnano is a CPA — a certified public accountant — who owns RDF Tax Services, LLC. RDF offers an array of services for clients big (businesses) and small (individuals).

One of the biggest advantages of using RDF Tax Services is the CPA license Fagnano holds, in addition to the ongoing levels of continued education, including federal, state and local tax laws. Fagnano’s schooling is above and beyond any crash course in just federal tax laws.

That may be sufficient in states that start with federal adjusted gross income, however, in Pennsylvania and many other states, people also have to work with state and local taxes.

Preparers who work at national firm branches are not necessarily CPAs. Fagnano is able to catch any errors or omissions, particularly on state and local tax returns that were not prepared by a CPA.

The real kicker? RDF’s fees are often comparable or better than those of national firm branches, and you get the expertise of a CPA.

Many of RDF’s clients are individuals, and a number of those individuals also own an LLC, a type of business structure that can have a number of owners, including just one person, according to the IRS.

RDF also does tax planning, which is especially helpful for businesses because of the planning and preparation they require. RDF also assists individuals who are planning their financial futures as well. RDF does not do rapid refunds.

“We do quite a bit (of work) with businesses,” Fagnano said.

Fagnano works with “many local businesses, many in Lycoming County,” he said, though RDF also has clients from around the U.S. Some of RDF’s clientele includes construction contractors, dental services, hotels, heating and air conditioning contractors, farming, photography and videography, real estate professionals, technology sales and services, vehicle repair and towing services, according to its website,

www.RDFTax.com.

Another service RDF offers is help with gas

royalties.

Because of the Marcellus Shale industry, Fagnano said that a large number of accountants in the region have had to work with the royalties clients receive from gas drilling on their land — specifically how those royalties factor into taxes.

Those royalties can affect both business owners and individuals, and federal and state guidelines that differ in that area. Some of RDF’s clients have gas royalties that are not even from Pennsylvania.

With the near-constant changes to tax laws, some might think that even the best CPAs might have trouble keeping up. Fagnano, however, has a couple tricks up his sleeves.

“I’m required to complete 80 hours of continuing education every two years,” he said.

The office also receives tax publications from Washington, including a journal called The Tax Adviser.

The physical structure of RDF Tax Services is infamous in its own right. Fagnano said that the building at 12 N. Washington St., Montoursville, might have been the first built in the borough. It served as the borough building for some time and then as a combined police and fire station.

The basement still holds the old jail cells — minus the bars, though.

RDF Tax Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office can be reached at 570-601-4430.

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