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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to get taxes done?

Hiring a professional to help with income tax preparation can be priceless. Pro help can mean no mistakes and a maximized tax return. The cost to get your income taxes done depends on the professional you hire. Tax attorneys or in-demand CPAs will often have the highest rates for their services. Next in the pricing tier are enrolled agents, who will usually have higher rates than individuals solely working with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Nationally, the average cost of income tax preparation ranges from $150 to $190. Income tax preparation prices can also vary based on where you live and the complexity of your tax returns. Here are some examples of average income tax preparation prices from an enrolled agent:  

  • Taxpayers filing only a W-2 tax form: $50.
  • Taxpayers filing a W-2 along with additional tax forms such 1099-INT and 1098-E: $150.
  • Taxpayers with several tax forms and one or two additional considerations such as a rental property, investment transactions, K-1 income, 1099-MISC or a simple small business: $225.
  • Taxpayers with multiple activities (rentals, K-1 income, small business, etc.), several stock transactions and more: $395.

Nationally, the average hourly rate nationally for a tax prep professional ranges between $150 and $450.  

Is it better to have a CPA do your taxes?

Hiring a certified public accountant (CPA) could be a better option instead of doing your taxes by yourself, but it depends on your tax situation and preferences. Having a CPA do your taxes is usually recommended if you have a business or any type of side job, or if you’ve been contacted by the IRS for a tax-related matter. Others who can benefit are those who own rental properties or have many assets. You can also hire a CPA if you need help understanding what deductions or credit you might qualify for.

Is it worth it to pay someone to do your taxes?

There are several reasons it could be worth it to have an experienced professional do your taxes instead of self-filing. For example, it can help reduce the chance of you making a mistake that could land you in trouble with the IRS. And, it could save you time for other important tasks. If you have a side job, rental property or many assets, having someone do your taxes can pay off in the short- and long-run.

Contact several tax professionals near you to discuss your needs and get free estimates. Then, decide if hiring a pro is right for you.

What is a tax preparer called?

A tax preparer can take the form of several different job titles, but they must have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) to be authorized to prepare federal tax returns, according to the IRS. Some titles may include enrolled agents, who are licensed by the IRS, as well as certified public accountants (CPAs). Some tax attorneys may offer tax preparation and planning services, though not all are qualified to do this.

Do tax preparers offer remote or virtual services?

Contact local CPAs or tax professionals to see if they can offer their services without in-person contact. Many firms can operate remotely or virtually, and others that typically operate face-to-face may be changing their procedures to keep up with social distancing guidelines. 

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

Who can file my taxes?

Any individual with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is eligible to file your income taxes on your behalf. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best candidate to provide the help you need with your income tax preparation. The IRS explains that CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents are all allowed to legally represent their clients before the IRS. They have a more thorough understanding of tax code than an individual operating solely with a PTIN or an Annual Filing Season Program participant who provides their services on a volunteer basis. Consider the complexity of your tax return and what level of expertise you’ll require. Before entrusting someone with your private financial and personal information, do some research on their qualifications. The IRS has a searchable database where you can verify the background and credentials of your income tax preparation professional. Once you have selected someone, ask about their service fees and confirm their availability. Then provide them with all the documentation they require, including W-2s, 1099s and more. Always ask to review the paperwork before it is submitted, and never sign a blank tax return.

Reviews for Phoenix tax preparers
Egypt f.
Very friendly and made me feel comfortable with a new tax preparer
TMC Tax Services IncTMC Tax Services Inc
Tina M.
She did an awesome job and I'm glad I trusted her with my tax preparation. She is my new tax specialist will continue to use her.
Chelsea F.
Alessandra was so helpful and nice in answering all of my questions, and she was fast! This was my first time using a tax preparer, and it was a great experience! I highly recommend Virtual Tax Associates and hope to use them again in the future.
Virtual Tax Associates, LLCVirtual Tax Associates, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Samad is responsive and smart. He help me at the last minute a gave me some sound advice. He'll preparing our taxes forever if I have my way.
Samad Benzrioual, EA, MBA LLCSamad Benzrioual, EA, MBA LLC
Thumbtack Customer
She is very nice. She has good knowledge of tax preparation. She was very patient and took her time to explain things to us. She delivered all our tax paper work at our house in a timely manner. I will recommend her to all my friends. Thanks Mary !
SMART Services of ArizonaSMART Services of Arizona
Susan A.
David was able to quickly and efficiently evaluate and finalize my 2018 return. He also reviewed my 2017 return and found substantial items for amendment that ultimately put money back in my pocket. I would recommend David for both tax return preparation and tax planning. He will not disappoint.
David Beck CPADavid Beck CPA
Lenard W.
Although we are in different states, she was very efficient in preparing all my back taxes and getting them done in a timely manner. She was also very affordable and willing to work with you on payments.
RCM Tax and AccountingRCM Tax and Accounting
Corey H.
I have quite a bit of experience working with tax professionals over the years, this was my first time hiring one so I was a bit skeptical of how it would go. Charlene really did an excellent job and she was fast, overall exceeded my expectations. I very well may continue to use her for even more tax preparation for both my business and personal.
Williams Business SolutionsWilliams Business Solutions
Rebecca H.
Mary was just amazing! After i brought in all of my paperwork and receipts, etc. she was very efficient and professional in preparing my taxes. Her knowledge allows me to use deductions I wouldn't have known about on my own, which got me a refund! Her rates are reasonable and i will absolutely be using her services for all of my tax needs in the future!
SMART Services of ArizonaSMART Services of Arizona
Lynne P.
I was so lucky to have found Mark since I've had two prior experiences with tax preparers that were less than satisfactory. Mark was attentive and responded to messages faster than I've ever experienced. He is a real professional and I very much appreciate his professionalism and punctuality. Thank you, Mark! I look forward to working with you in upcoming tax years.
ProFile Tax & Accounting Services LLCProFile Tax & Accounting Services LLC
Lionel A.
Jennifer was simply amazing!. Extremely attentive and patient with me. She is what everyone is looking for. Because of her, I will NEVER use another tax preparation service, and will reccomend her to everyone I know. This is the first time using Apex, but will not be the last. Apex is fortunate and blessed to have someone like her. JENNIFER, YOU FREAKING ROCK!!
Apex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting ServicesApex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting Services
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