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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 Sacramento tax preparers
Jenny G.
Would not recommend and will not be using American security tax preparation and tax resolution again.
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Rodney B.
She was very nice and she had a lot of knowledge about preparing the taxes.
Accounting AvenueAccounting Avenue
Eloy N.
While gathering information for my personal and business tax returns, Colin asked me more questions than what I am used to. The result was a way more thorough tax return than what I am used to, very detailed, very complete and I could not be happier. I have been telling all my friends about American Security Tax Preparation and now even 2 out of state friends of mine have lined up for next year's tax season and a local friend is seeking their help with it year's return. Thank goodness, that American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resolution works year-round and not just seasonal like other Tax preparation service providers
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Armand C.
Tax Preparation. After twenty years with my previous taxman, who died this year, Jolanta took over my taxes and did a very good job and explained her reasoning and methodology. I will be using her again next tax season.
Accounting AvenueAccounting Avenue
Thumbtack Customer
I recently moved and needed a local tax preparer. I found Colin and utilized his services last tax year. Colin was professional, accurate, and very proficient in completing my taxes. His services matched or even exceeded the tax service that I received from my previous Tax Advisor Co. In addition, Colin respected my time and was very good at meeting with me at our schedules time.
American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...
Thumbtack Customer
Quick response. Answered all my questions. Eased my concerns. Looking forward to having him prepare my taxes
K.B. Daniel & CompanyK.B. Daniel & Company
Kendra M.
Following years of online tax preparation, I was thrilled to work with North County Representative Kyle. From the initial conversation with this representative, I was ready to "sign up!" Kyle's "Tax savvy" was impressive and throughout this journey, he was responsive, assuring, professional and caring. Kyle found glitches in my return that may not otherwise have surfaced with "online tax preparers" which saved me thousands of dollars. I am eager and look forward to working with this company again--AND, the value for services was a great deal. Thank you for everything!
North County Mobile Notary & TaxNorth County Mobile Notary & Tax
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a professional tax preparer who was knowledgeable with common taxes as well as familiar with per diem. He was a fresh of breath air because I have tried several other tax preparation companies, such as H&R block, and I found myself coaching them through my taxes. Not only did I NOT have to coach him, he was very thorough and was able to find additional deductions that I was unaware of. Needless to say, I am very pleased with Colin’s professionalism and expertise. I felt very comfortable with Colin because he is extremely friendly and approachable.
American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful experience working with Colin! He got me in the same day, which was important as I was on a dealine with the IRS. He had my amended return completed the next day, explained what he did in great detail, prepared everything for the IRS and FTB so neatly, included instructions on where to go to drop everything off. He also told me what to expect in the coming weeks and warned me about scammers claiming to be from the IRS demading money! I highly recommend choosing American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resolution for all your tax needs. I will definitely go back to him the next time I need anything regarding taxes taken care of.
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Anna-Marie R.
Taxes are never fun but I actually had fun having them prepared.. She made me feel comfortable, explained things, answered all my questions.. Definitely will refer Accounting Avenue!
Accounting AvenueAccounting Avenue
Thumbtack Customer
2014 was the first year that I actually paid someone else to do my taxes, and it was the same year that I founded my LLC. It was a very scary prospect of making sure that I was not only ready but focused on finding the right tax preparation specialist. When I found Colin Knight on Thumbtack, I was amazed at the ease at which we worked. I have a hectic schedule, but Colin found time to ensure that my taxes were prepared properly, and even found an instance where I had paid too much to the California Franchise Tax Board. My goal was not to find a refund, but to ensure that I was paying everything that I was supposed to. Colin actually found several deductions that I would have otherwise missed, and I received back a total well-beyond on my expectations. I will be returning to him with my receipts when it comes to file my 2015 return and beyond, he has my trust and has proven that he will do a great job at a fair price. I highly recommend him to those looking for a tax specialist who is focused on ensuring that his clients have the best experience possible during tax season.
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Connor W.
All I can say is wow! While working with Jamilah, the stressful process of doing taxes was transformed into an enjoyable learning experience for me. She was very attentive, responding quickly and kindly to any confusion that came up for me. Her attention to detail showed me that she not only loves what she does but she cares for each individual she works with. If you're looking for a tax preparer, look no further.
Antega LLC | Finance, Accounting & TaxAntega LLC | Finance, Accounting & Tax
Carolyn C.
We are so happy to have found Colin Knight to prepare our taxes. We had a disastrous experience with a tax preparer last year because they knew nothing about Canadian Pensions or same sex marriage laws. We ended up paying thousands of dollars. We are happy to say this year we found Colin. He instantly put us at ease. He is friendly, professional and very diligent. Not only does he know his stuff but he saved us money and is even going to go over last years tax disaster. We would highly recommend Colin. We will be using his services again next year and every year. We can't say enough about his work other than you won't be disappointed! Thank you Colin!!
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Eric S.
As a new business owner trying to complete taxes on my own, I quickly realized I needed help. I reached out to Cindy who quickly responded. She looked over everything I had complete to make sure it was accurate and helped me with state filings. Through the whole experience, Cindy was reassuring and understanding of my situation. I certainly appreciate her and happy that I found a Tax Preparer I can count on as my business grows.
Accurately Yours Accounting SolutionsAccurately Yours Accounting Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
This was a great overall experience! I am new to this area and I found Colin using this service and liked his previous reviews posted to the site. Colin did not disappoint. Not only did he explain everything in detail, he looked for every possible tax credit. A few of them I was unaware I could even claim. He was very detailed, and very professional throughout. I recommend Colin to anyone seeking a well prepared, very knowledgeable tax expert.
American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...
Robyn C.
Colin is just wonderful! We were in a bit of a pickle with our taxes, as our previous tax preparer who was also a friend, had passed away and we had an extension filed on last year's taxes, which we now were unable to complete. Colin very calmly straightened it all out for us and we even got a return. He educated us on how to keep better records and put us at ease! We even ended up laughing. Colin is extremely knowledgeable, honest and patient! He is also thorough and made sure that we had all our ducks lined up. We are so very glad to have found Colin and so grateful for his help! I highly recommend him and his services.,
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Sylvia C.
Stephanie Grace completed my taxes with ease, without drama on her part, calming, respectful and patient. It was my first time using someone not referred to me. I have had good experience with Thumbtack, I decided to take a chance, because I had a good feeling about her! Glad I did. I will definitely ask her to do my 2020 if she’ll have me. She is terrific! Very professional. My former tax preparer was too high and took to long and made it seem complicated, Stephanie did not. All digital! That was fearful and the first for me. But I did it! I recommend her, and she is a CPA.
Grace CPA ServicesGrace CPA Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had neglected to handle my tax business appropriately, Colin made the process streamless and effortless. I also going through some life issues and Colin took the scenario into consideration when preparing my options with filing seperate or jointly with my spouse and it all worked out...he worked around our schedule and I couldn't be more well pleased with getting this all taken care of. Thanks Colin...from the Greenes
American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...American Security Tax Preparation and Tax Resol...
Thumbtack Customer
I am so glad I had Colin Knight prepare my taxes this year. I will have him do so again next year, and for the foreseeable future. He is very easy to talk to, obviously knows what he is doing and charges a reasonable fee. He went above and beyond giving me pointers for the future for my situation which no one else had mentioned. I certainly preferred him to the big franchise I used last year. He did more for me and was less expensive. Definitely recommend.
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