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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.  

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Escondido tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Lineal CPA has been so patient with me as I prepare my first business tax return! He provided me with the tools I needed to be organized and answered my questions promptly along the way. Definitely using him again!! Thanks Lineal CPA!
Lineal CPALineal CPA
Thumbtack Customer
We needed someone with experience in business and personal taxes to go over three previous years as well as prepare our 2015 return. Carolyn is very knowledgeable, meticulous, and easy to work with. Through her efforts we will be receiving refunds. We are very pleased to have found her.
CB Bookkeeping and Tax ServicesCB Bookkeeping and Tax Services
Vishy D.
Garin is by far the most untrustworthy pro I have encountered. In this review, I have used his own words from his own emails. 1- After I fired him, he threatens me, by writing, "I have already filed a cybercrimes report with the FBI. " He tells me that he has reported me because I did not provide him with information, when in fact I have provided all my tax returns with all my personal and financial data and have written a check that he has cashed. 2- He asked for a copy of Driver’s license and when I told him it is not required by law, he wrote, “Not a big deal, it really is to protect you. If you aren’t comfortable, that’s fine with me.” Then he writes, “You have refused to confirm your identity.” He mistook my accounting consultation fee with tax preparation and his greed compelled him to get more from me. He tried to pull a bait and switch tactic. 3- He started with a fee of $250, then $300. He confirmed the $300 fee after I provided the tax returns and all the documents. Then he began a delaying tactic blaming the virus, family stress, need to research, hiring another accountant for review, and so on. 4- His first increase was, “Your personal is a little more involved, I can still do your personal in the $500 to $600 range.” 5- Then he wrote, “If I do that work for you under market along with this year’s return; which I will invoice you for $900.” 6- Then he adds, “Your return, in my estimation, should be billed between $2,000 - $2,500.” 7- He shared my personal information with another without my permission. He wrote, “I actually have had to pay another CPA to review my workpapers and your taxes.” Based on his own actions and comments he is not to be trusted.
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