“We didn’t make anything,” Daniel Weidner told the Pilot-News of Plymouth, Indiana. “In fact, we spent a substantial amount of money.”
Other accounting firms might be launching an internal investigation if they lost money after helping clients file 335 tax returns this year. But Weidner, founder of Weidner and Company P.C., wouldn’t change a thing.
“We wanted to be able to help the charitable organizations of the community,” Weidner told the Pilot-News. So, in January, the firm announced that clients who donated at least $1 to a charitable organization would not be charged for help filing their tax return.
Weidner’s employees spent 1,400 hours working on the free returns, on top of the time spent on the regular tax season work. In addition to the being good for the charitable organizations, Weidner sees other benefits coming from the program, which he hopes to continue next year.
“Not only is it a benefit for the charities, but it helps our office become that much more cohesive,” Weidner told the Pilot News. “Currently we are assessing the results of our efforts and we will be seeking the opinions of our clients and those charitable organizations who took part in the endeavor as to the future direction of this program.”
The program resulted in a total of $15,825 being donated to 50 charitable organizations.