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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.

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.

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 Irvine tax preparers
Cherry N.
I was very apprehensive about hiring a tax preparer through an online service, but Jamaal did not disappoint! He answered ALL my questions and was very professional and responsive. I highly recommend Who's Your Tax Man!
Who's Your Tax Man? LLCWho's Your Tax Man? LLC
Krystn M.
Joan was great at preparing our taxes and understanding our options as a newly married couple. Unfortunately, her customer service and expediency with the rest of the process was less than stellar. My husband is starting a small business and every bit of cash flow matters, so we were in a hurry to complete our taxes and get our return deposited in our account. We finished our taxes with Joan on February 8, 2020. At the very end of the process, she informed us she was not able to e-file, so she would have to mail our taxes, which she promised to do that next week. During the next SEVEN weeks, Joan ignored our calls, text messages, and emails. When we finally got ahold of her, she again said she would mail them in the next few days. This happened about three more times. Finally, completely frustrated and upset with the process and delay, we had to drive to her home on March 25, 2020 to pick up the printed copies so we could mail them ourselves. When we expressed our concern about the seven-week delay, she suggested we take the printed copies to H&R Block and pay even more money to have them e-filed by someone else. We paid Joan a large sum of money and put our trust in her to complete her end of the deal and submit our tax return. The fact that she carelessly delayed mailing our taxes and then suggested we pay someone else to do HER job is unacceptable. We are extremely disappointed in this process and will be looking for a new tax professional next year.
United Tax ServiceUnited Tax Service
Mio F.
2/26 2 stars For now I can't give a better review. His current reviews seem to be good and he was responsive "initially" so I chose him. But once I was ready to proceed my income tax with him, his response became very very slow. I had to ask a few times just to hear once and only incomplete answer. Without his instruction I am not able to prepare all the document to even "start" (not even "finish") my tax return since my case is not simple. I understand he can be very busy during this tax period, however, no response for days (or even after he confirmed he would get back to on certain date, which he never did..) is not acceptable. If he's that busy will he ever have enough time to work on my tax?? I will have to give up and find someone else. Too bad. 3/25 1 star (update) After I left above review, he finally reached out to me and asked to give him a chance (saying he is really good, he has a family to feed....) so I did, but was a mistake. Same thing happened. I sent over all documents for myself and my daughter on 3/1. As of today 3/25, I haven't heard from him, nor get any update in spite of my numerous attempts, or to find out whether he needs any more document from me. The only time he responded was to tell me that the income tax is not due until 4/15.... :0 This is the fact, and I have the record to prove what I am reviewing here is true. Nothing personal against him and I am a fair person, I give great reviews to those that deserve.... however I am quite disappointed and I think it's just fair that I share how things went in my case, unfortunately after my experience for almost 2 months I can't give better reviews for this business.
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