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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 San Diego tax preparers
Lyn W.
Mr. Greyling was very knowledgeable and patient in helping me prepare my taxes.
Philip GreylingPhilip Greyling
James J G.
First time using a tax preparer. Experience was made simple and professional. Would recommend
North County Mobile Notary & TaxNorth County Mobile Notary & Tax
Marisue C.
Tina responded quickly to my request and was friendly and thorough in preparing my taxes. Her rates were very favorable.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Thumbtack Customer
As a small business owner there are a lot of receipts and details that are required for tax filings. Tina dealt with issues in a very direct, yet courteous manner. I believe I found my and my family's new tax preparer!
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Nipun G.
Engaged Tina to prepare our 2016 taxes. She is very easy to work with, knowledgeable and fast. Everything went smoothly. Thanks.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Thumbtack Customer
Tina was forthcoming and explained every detail of the tax preparation process. She is honest, professional and accommodating. This was our first time using Thumbtack and we're very satisfied with the outcome. Thank you, Thumbtack for helping us find Tina and thank you, Tina for a positive experience! My boyfriend and I highly recommend Tina, and will certainly use her tax preparation services again next year.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Thumbtack Customer
Quick, professional, convenient and affordable. Tina is refreshening straight-forward and to the point. I highly recommend her tax preparation services. Will definitely return next year!
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Natasha H.
Jen responded immediately, and gave a free consult phone call to help with my tax questions. I am a new, small S-corp business and completely lost when it comes to book-keeping/taxes, she directed me the right way, and helped save me so much money! Highly recommend her to anyone looking for advice/book-keeping/tax preparation.
Smith Business SolutionsSmith Business Solutions
Tina knows what she's doing and gets it done efficiently. Best experience I've had with a tax preparer in many years. I highly recommend Tina's services.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Tyler B.
Kyle helped me prepare my tax returns. He was very professional and prompt. He continued to provide advise on several outstanding issues after our contract was completed. I highly recommend him.
North County Mobile Notary & TaxNorth County Mobile Notary & Tax
Susan R.
I do, now! For the first time I'm looking forward to next year's tax time. Tina is well organized and very knowledgeable on tax preparing. She also made sure I have the tools for a successful 2017 tax year. She made me feel important and I didn't feel rushed through my appointment. Her fee is competitive. I left with the confidence that we submitted a return that was fair with every advantage owed to me. I highly recommend you hire Tina. I will for many years to come.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Michael P.
Couldn't be happier with using H&G to prepare my taxes. Henry was the first CPA I've ever spoken with that sounded like he genuinely cared about having me as a client, rather than a bother because I'm an individual filer.
H & G Tax SolutionsH & G Tax Solutions
Donna S.
It's my first time working with a tax preparation professional, so actually I can't say for sure until it's done and I see the results. UPDATE: I'm very happy with how Tina did my tax return. She knows her business and how to apply deductions correctly. She also got everything done in plenty of time, always responded to messages, and was easy to work with. She took the time to patiently answer all my questions about the filled-out return, even though I know she's super busy during tax time. Very happy that I found her, and I will continue to do my taxes with her.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Nicole R.
Kyle did a fantastic job preparing our taxes for us. He is very professional and knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions and also gave us some good advice for next year. He was extremely flexible with our schedules and the fact that he's mobile and was able to come to our home was an added bonus. He offers a valuable service at an affordable price and we certainly encourage anyone who needs help with their taxes to consider Kyle.
North County Mobile Notary & TaxNorth County Mobile Notary & Tax
Kimia H.
I wish I could select more options as to how amazing Sherlynn was! We were able to work together and get my taxes done quickly and without any issues. She was thorough, kind, and answered all of my questions. She was upfront about payment options, and helpful and communicative throughout the process. I will recommend her to anyone who asks!! She created the best tax preparation experience I’ve ever had through her professionalism and knowledge.
TLOT Financial Services, EATLOT Financial Services, EA
Diane P.
Kyle provided perfect attention to our paperwork while using his computer to prepare our three tax returns. We’d gotten so far behind due to my husband having serious medical problems for nearly two years. He made what was a real burden for me (to even try) to do myself- a breeze! All that anxiety was erased in a just few hours! He is really good at what he does; aware of all the current info to do with taxes. He was very pleasant and congenial to have in our home, and conversed a bit with my husband who’s had a stroke. In our case the outcome was very positive and the copies of the returns for our records were very neatly and professionally prepared. We could not be happier with his service! Thank you so much, Kyle!
North County Mobile Notary & TaxNorth County Mobile Notary & Tax
Fred C.
Kinu , is a pleasure to work with because she handled my case with great care while protecting and keeping my confidence. Due to the times my need called for remote work, which worked best for me due to my busy lifestyle with work and family. All my questions were answered promptly and with explanation of what things are and what things could be . This time she took care of my taxes and i was elated with her service, her experience and expertise surpasses that of my former tax preparer . Kinu is a wealth of knowledge and also does other services which i plan to take advantage of as i grow and gain more financial knowledge, like consulting, legal document preparation, and business formation just to name a few. Get with Kinu Tanaka and you wont be dissatisfied or disappointed.
Tanaka & AssociatesTanaka & Associates
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