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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Reviews for Modesto tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Mooney is preparing my taxes.
DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service
Jeanne B.
Fran was a pleasure to work with. It was easy to collect and send out my tax info. It was received and the preparation of my taxes was done quickly and efficiently. I look forward to working with Fran in the future.
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Thumbtack Customer
DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service prepared our taxes for the year. I normally use turbo tax online for this but with some changes over the year I thought it best to have an expert handle this. Robert did my moms, sisters, and my taxes with such ease and efficiency. He came to my home, which made the experience that much easier, I didn't have to carry all my paperwork with me and he was so patient when I needed to find papers that I thought I had kept in order. The initial visit was about an hour, then to my delight my taxes were done by the next day. Robert is a very easy going, professional, and takes the worry out of the process!:) He makes sure to answer any questions that you may have. When it came to follow up, as well as the initial meeting, he was very flexible to my work schedule, whatever worked for me this was the priority! Robert came to my home and went over our taxes, explained everything in terms that were easily understood, I'm appreciative for this. DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service is simply put, awesome:)))) When Robert was done he let me know if I have ANY questions regarding the taxes or any changes throughout the year to not hesitate to call him. I feel so much better and at peace knowing that I have a professional like Robert to handle my taxes and will definitely have him do our taxes for years to come!!!!!!:))))))) Thank You, Karen
DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service
Michael S.
Great Service, Quoted a price an adjusted at the end to make his promise. Very thorough and all done in a timely manner.I would reccomend Bob Mooney to anyone looking for a Tax preparer. One on one service.
DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely friendly and professional. Bob was a big help to me. I used someone else for the past 10 years but she is not doing taxes any more. I was very concerned about using someone I didn't know, but Bob was a God send. I feel safe giving my information to Bob and will continue to use his company from know on. I would recommend him to anyone that needs bookkeeping and tax preparation. Denita Harris
DLM Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation Service
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