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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.

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.

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.

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 Brighton tax preparers
Shirley M.
Of course, I had all my tax info organized and the forms that are required to be atch so he was able to prepare my taxes in an efficient manner. What was more important to me was that he answered my questions relating to how I'll need to report my taxes in the future.
Income Tax Specialists, Inc.Income Tax Specialists, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I actually enjoyed having my taxes prepared by Christine. The atmosphere, the conversation, and the skills that I encountered during my visit was well worth the time that I am taking to write this review. I strongly recommend Christine, for handling even the most complex tax returns. THANK YOU, Calvin B.
Advocate Tax WorldwideAdvocate Tax Worldwide
Angelina A.
Nathaniel was extremely thorough and speedy throughout my tax preparation and filling. He explained everything perfectly and it was a pleasure working with him. Will be using him again next year! Would highly recommend.
Abynus Tax and Accounting Services LLCAbynus Tax and Accounting Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was desperate to not only find a tax preparer but a tax preparer that could help me figure out my disorganized records and that I could afford! Then the day we were to meet, I was stuck in another town and arrived to our meeting 30 minutes late. Sandra was very accommodating both with my lateness and my disorganization. Though I was embarrassed, she never made me feel wrong-footed and she was very patient in explaining everything to me. Sandra had quoted an original price based on the services I thought I needed (the basic tax form), but it turned out I needed to submit additional paperwork due to a burgeoning business. Not only did Sandra do the additional paperwork, but she only charged me the original price that she had quoted me! She also gave me some great advice on where to find health insurance and on other confusing (to me) financial- and business-related topics. I had a terrific experience with CCTS and (assuming I can afford to pay a tax preparer next year) will definitely be returning! Thank you Sandra!!! It was great to get that tax return! ~Kathleen
Central Colorado Tax Services, LLCCentral Colorado Tax Services, LLC
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