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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.

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.

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. 

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 Aurora tax preparers
Valerie W.
Kristin is very knowledgeable in personal and business tax preparation.
Kristen Bauer CPA, PCKristen Bauer CPA, PC
Thumbtack Customer
It was a delight to work with Patrick on our taxes. He came to our home and completed the forms while we met with him. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. His fee was very reasonable, and we were pleased with the professional way our taxes were prepared. We plan to recommend him to anyone we know who may be looking for someone to prepare their taxes.
TaxPlus Financial, Inc.TaxPlus Financial, Inc.
Steve G.
Neill was a pleasure to work with. He prepared our taxes in a very timely manner and I would certainly recommend him to others.
Neill P. Flate, CPANeill P. Flate, CPA
Shawn H.
I hired Fadi last year for 2018 tax filing and to amend taxes for 3-4 previous years. He half assed did the job. So fast forward to this tax year I speak with the IRS and the State of Colorado because I have an absurd tax bill from state. I find out from the IRS Fadi never amended shit! He amended the state taxes, you can’t amend state and not the federal! Thanks for the 8K tax bill I’m still fighting! Avoid this tax preparer at ALL costs!
Syndicate Accounting and Tax ServicesSyndicate Accounting and Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Hands down, Advocate Tax Worldwide is who you want doing your tax preparation! I was in over my head trying to file my taxes the first year after becoming self-employed and I couldn't have done it without them. Not only did Christine get me in at the last minute, she covered all bases and made sure everything was covered. My taxes were ready to file with time to spare. It's not often that I experience this level of service and care that Christine, her husband Brett and their staff provide at Advocate Tax Worldwide. It's no wonder there are 5 gold stars and over 100 reviews for Advocate Tax Worldwide.
Advocate Tax WorldwideAdvocate Tax Worldwide
Thumbtack Customer
Great Experience! Christine did our taxes quickly, was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Christine answered all of our questions and gave us the name of a phone app that will help us to keep an accurate log of mileage. She and her staff are awesome!! We will definitely refer her services to anyone looking for an amazing tax preparer. My parents and I were pleased with her services.
Advocate Tax WorldwideAdvocate Tax Worldwide
Thumbtack Customer
So I tried to come as prepared as possible, but there were a few papers I forgot. She was very personable and easy to talk to. We had a lot of unique situations going on, so with all that, I think she did a great job. We have always done our own taxes, but this year, we knew we needed help. Thank you.
ALLY Tax Solutions, LLCALLY Tax Solutions, LLC
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