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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a tax preparer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to conduct an appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic is virtually, as this will ensure that you remain within the CDC's social distancing guidelines.

Ask tax professional near you if they would be willing to give a consultation via phone call, Zoom, Skype or other video conferencing software to discuss the scope of work. Also, ask them how they handle payments and whether they will be able to conduct all of their services remotely.

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.  

How can I find out if a tax preparer os considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out which services are deemed essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city and look for information about essential services.

For information on a national level, visit CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a tax preparer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a tax preparer near you, ask if the tax preparation can be handled remotely. Most accounting firms and tax preparers may be willing to offer this. Before you hire a tax preparer, contact them and ask about their procedure for working virtually. 

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.

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.

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.

Does a tax preparer need to enter my home?

It is not typically necessary for a tax preparer to enter your home. Many CPAs and tax professionals operate remotely. Ask the tax professional if they can conduct their services remotely, and see what precautions they have in place during social distancing.

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. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for tax preparation services?

Before you hire a tax professional, visit their business profile to see how they handle payments. Many CPAs and tax experts accept digital payments through Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. More businesses may be changing their payment methods to accommodate social distancing. Check with your tax preparer to see how they handle payments. 

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 AssociatesVirtual Tax Associates
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
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
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
Dennis P.
Garin made my tax preparation very painless. They were finished very quickly. He answered all questions in a professional and easily understood way. They were very well done, and well worth the fee. I highly recommend him.
Mae M.
The tax preparers were all very helpful and listened to my concerns and ALWAYS answered my questions promptly. Claudio made this easy for me and NEVER made me worry about choosing Taxhub. I will recommend them to everyone and will continue to my business with them. They are an honest company.
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
Kunal P.
Please avoid this unprofessional CPA. I was searching for someone to prepare my taxes for the last few years, having recently graduated from ASU and not filing taxes while I was a student. I requested information through Thumbtack and received the correspondence in the pictures below from Garin. In the initial message, he absolutely butchers my name. To me that was an absolute red flag, given that he is someone who was supposed to have a great attention to detail. As such, I chose to move forward with an offer from a different CPA. By 2:36, as shown in the last screenshot, I had already completed the other CPA's questionnaire and signed the engagement letter. At 2:42, Garin messages me again with the following message, "I don't do bidding wars. Take care" I decided to respond to Garin to let him know where I thought he went wrong and why I chose not to go with his service. Clearly I was not trying to start a bidding war as I had already moved forward with a separate offer. Garin's version of a professional response was "Lol. Be safe." Obviously, this sort of reaction is strange for any sort of request for professional services. Rather, it reminded me of when someone gets hurt at a denial on Tinder or something similar. Even if Garin is a fantastic CPA, there are plenty of other fantastic CPAs out there who treat potential clients in a normal way, rather than with some sort of strange hostility. EDIT: After posting this review, Garin messaged me again. Rather than apologizing for butchering my name or for accusing me of attempting to go out for a bidding war to reduce the cost of his services, he doubled down. The screenshot has been added.
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