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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 Mar Vista tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional. Just as good as the big chain tax preparers but at half the price!
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Richard Ponce prepared my federal & state taxes with the utmost professionalism and clarity. His services are quick and reliable and he’s really seriously on top of things~ it’s the kind of tax preparation work we all hope to encounter the first time around. Mr. Richard Ponce is certainly a keeper for preparing and filing my taxes coupled with the fact that he is always so easy to reach and his tax services are very reasonable. Overall, I am extordinarily happy and more than satisfied with quality work Mr. Richard Ponce have done for me. Great job! =)
RCP Tax Services, Inc.RCP Tax Services, Inc.
Dennis M.
Prepared my taxes with speed and was very professional. Would be happy to use him next year when the time comes.
Next Level Business SolutionsNext Level Business Solutions
Christine L.
Wonderful consultant and preparer! Matthew was very prompt, professional, yet approachable in all manners. He got everything prepared for me the same day and made sure I received all of my deductions! I am happy to use him as my tax preparer!
Rapidly Tax, Inc.Rapidly Tax, Inc.
Robert J.
Burhan did an outstanding job. He's a very honest person with good moral values. He is now my Tax man until he fires me. I highly recommend that if your looking for a Tax Person who's honest and knows the tax law and knows how to prepare them, he's your man.
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Thumbtack Customer
Burhan is a pro with integrity! I was so happy with him that he did such an excellent job preparing my tax income, so I offered to pay him more, and he declined. He took only what he initially quoted me. He's truly amazing and I'll definitely come back next year and have Burhan take care of my income tax.
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Shaina B.
We had a couple miscommunications about the location of where we were meeting, but it definitely did not prevent Burhan from performing excellent work and preparing our taxes with such professionalism. He was kind and personable and interested in US and not just our business, which was very refreshing.
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Thumbtack Customer
Larry made the tax prep process painless and I had a couple scenarios that made mine a little more complicated. He was very timely with scheduling me, made sure I was prepared before hand and was very friendly and professional. Well worth the cost and highly recommended.
Larry the Tax ManLarry the Tax Man
Beth D.
this was truly the BEST tax experience I have ever had !!!! I never had to get on the phone or leave my office. JohakTax was soooo fast and so helpful (even over a different time zone). I needed to send in some additional information and THEY reminded ME . fool proof !!! i will never use another tax preparer again. I am even going to have them redo my 2012 - 2015 taxes (which i "tried" to do on my own online) I received the maximum refund and minimum headache !! My head feels fine and my wallet too !!! i was worried about giving so much information via the internet but they have secure (easy) forms and a chat and I could tell every minute they were working on my taxes. I felt like their only client. AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!
JohakTax™JohakTax™
Thumbtack Customer
I had only a few days left before October 15th to submit my taxes after receiving an extension last April. Richard Ponce gave me an excellent first estimate thru Thumbtack. I called him and set up an appointment for the following day. His family has a long history of Income Tax preparations and I was charmed by the no frill simple office that has been in his family for many years. After just minutes into our meeting and after giving Richard the outline of my situation I knew that he would easily be able to help me out and do so quickly. Richard has a calm confident way about him which put me at ease immediately. Just a few short hours later my return was filed. The fee quoted to me in his initial estimate never changed. I left happy and relieved and confident that I would be back for my next tax return in April! Thank you Richard! I highly recommend contacting Richard Ponce for your tax return needs! Gabriella Muttone Photography
RCP Tax Services, Inc.RCP Tax Services, Inc.
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