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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
James H.
I took about 2 weeks to decide on a tax preparer...I decided to use Laura Handy to do my taxes....I had quite of few things this year that I really didn't know how to do...I couldn't have been happier in my choice!...not only is Laura very responsive in answering all my questions but she's very detailed oriented!...I work 10-12 hours a day and my time is limited but she made time for me to ask questions and to meet at a later time in the day...Very pleased with Laura's work ethic and courteous demeanor...I for one will use Laura again!
By the Book Tax PrepBy the Book Tax Prep
Thumbtack Customer
I happened upon the Thumbtack website after googling tax preparers. I left a description of my job and requested quotes, and received two quotes within a matter of minutes. After Jerry's initial response, we had several exchanges where I was able to detail the problems further. He helped immensely even prior to being hired. The other quote I received was cheaper, but the person was not responsive when I asked additional questions. I decided to go with Jerry and am glad I did. I had a complicated estate return involving two different years, an amended return, and a final estate return. I sat with Jerry for an hour and we went through what needed to be done in depth. He printed the draft return for me, and I took it home to review. He did the same, and after some additional discussion, the return was ready and I returned a few days later to pick it up. Jerry was professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. And a lot cheaper than if I'd gone to a CPA, which my attorney had advised. Jerry said he enjoys challenges, and believe me, this return was a challenge! Overall, the cost was very reasonable. I would highly recommend Jerry to anyone who wants to have their return prepared without fear of errors or being audited down the road. Thanks, Jerry
Independent Tax ConsultantIndependent Tax Consultant
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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