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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.

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.

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
Rodney B.
She was very nice and she had a lot of knowledge about preparing the taxes.
Accounting AvenueAccounting Avenue
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
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
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
Liam M.
After many years of dealing with other franchise tax prep. companies my wife and I decided we needed some continuity in terms of who was preparing our taxes. We selected Yvonne at Laguna Tax Services and we have found her to be extremely competent, knowledgeable and accommodating. We did have a couple of issues (mistakes on the part of my wife and I) but Yvonne spotted and quickly resolved the problems. We would absolutely recommend Yvonne.
Laguna Tax ServicesLaguna Tax Services
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
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
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
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