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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.  

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 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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Westwood Village tax preparers
Mariette L.
Lazaro was very helpful with preparing my tax return. He was very patient and understanding, and was lovely to work with. I’d recommend Lazaro if you are looking for a tax preparer.
Urrutia &  Co.  Tax ServiceUrrutia & Co. Tax Service
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.
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
Steve R.
Burhan helped me clean up a mess made by another tax preparer and was very patient in explaining everything. Super responsive and attentive to messages, I highly recommend!
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Anthony D.
I literally waited until the 11th hour to file my taxes and, as a new start up business, had no idea what iI was doing. Ms. Smith took me by the hand and walked me through my tax return, reviewed my previous year tax return for errors and omissions, and even prepared a PPP loan application for me. Finding her was truly divine intervention!
KW Financial Services LLCKW Financial Services LLC
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
Rachid R.
Folks be very careful — I absolutely do not recommend hiring this unprofessional tax “professional”. In brief, he did not properly advise me on how to file all my legally-required tax returns. He failed to diligently and responsibly advise me on how to deal with the unexpected hefty tax billing notices. He deliberately ignored and failed to timely respond to my critical questions e-mailed to him regarding my tax situation and available tax relief options such as offer in compromise, first-time penalty abatement, currently-not-collectible…etc. even worse, once you pay him, you wouldn’t hear back from him or provide you with any sort of advice/support. Particularly, that he’s the licensed tax preparer who have been entrusted ethically/by law to serve your best interests, save you money, mitigate any/all risk, and handle all subsequent issues with the IRS/FTB on your behalf. Never again, and we’ll report him to all licensing agencies who have jurisdiction.
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Hiroshi m.
I just met him very first time today for to have a income statement made. He was very friendly, quick to work, courteous and most of all such a gentleman. Because I had a nightmare experience with another tax preparer a day before, I was very skeptical about Mr. Jabr as well. But he was responsive, on time, soft spoken, and very efficient. Thank you, Burhan!
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
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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