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What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

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.

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 Denver bookkeepers
Thumbtack Customer
To Whom It May Concern: I would like to take this opportunity to recommend the skills and expertise of Shanah Shaffer and Absolutely Advanced Accounting to other small businesses who require bookkeeping and accounting services. Shanah has a terrific attitude, is energetic, aggressive toward the accuracy of Brush Strokes Painting’s bookkeeping and using QuickBooks, which she has expert knowledge of both using and purchasing the correct product for the applicable company’s use and application. She has an understanding of the construction business and the intricacy’s it brings to both accurate bookkeeping as well as billing and collecting revenue for the business. Being a small business and relatively new in the Denver area, I am very lucky to have found Shanah Shaffer and Absolutely Advanced Accounting to handle our bookkeeping. If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me (720) 398-9689, Scott Bergman Founder & President of Brush Strokes Painting Regards, Scott
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Jessica L.
Neill has been so helpful in supporting with my small business bookkeeping and taxes. He cleared up the prior issues I had and has helped me navigate bringing on new employees. Highly recommend his services!
Neill P. Flate, CPANeill P. Flate, CPA
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa has been a great addition to the team by stepping in quickly and taking on our bookkeeping and payroll needs. She is quick to pick up on our business needs and has presented solutions that hopefully will help streamline some of our accounting methods.
Rocky Mountain Accounting & Tax ServicesRocky Mountain Accounting & Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin was incredibly friendly and professional. He came to meet me at my office space and really helped walk me though the most basic of bookkeeping without judgement. He is quick to return messages and help with any questions big or small.
Littlebrook Accounting ServicesLittlebrook Accounting Services
Thumbtack Customer
I am so glad that I found Michelle who has made bookkeeping so incredibly easy for us! She has been able to provide us as little or as much support as we need and constantly adapt to our changing needs.
Accountus GroupAccountus Group
Thumbtack Customer
I needed someone to help me with a bit of bookkeeping from January to present. Marvin handled the task with ease and professionalism that I have not seen elsewhere. Also he gave me some advice that will help me to save several thousand dollars on my taxes. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Marvin Madorsky MSFS CPA Accounting & Tax ServicesMarvin Madorsky MSFS CPA Accounting & Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Noreen has been professional and efficient. She quickly responded to my emails, and came to our office to meet with me to go over what my company needed. She is now going to be handling our companies bookkeeping moving forward. Noreen is professional and affordable. We are happy to have found Noreen through Thumbtack.
Bookkeeping Infinity, LLCBookkeeping Infinity, LLC
James H.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a competent and personable accountant in Fadi Mansour. I came to Fadi with a complex business tax issue. With insight to understanding my business environment, listening to my concerns, offering alternatives and solutions,Fadi generated a comprehensive tax document and filing. Recently,on a Saturday, Fadi took time away from his family to meet me at his office to proofread a time sensitive contract,Notorizing over 24 pages,offering me a competative Accounting Services Package including daily bookkeeping and tax filing that meets business needs.
Syndicate Accounting and Tax ServicesSyndicate Accounting and Tax Services
Paula L.
Put as much time and energy in actually delivering services as you do selling them. Accounting was perpetually late (didn't get 2017 accounts from August on reconciled until February 2018) -despite repeated requests. We hired Gilman to handle accounting, bookkeeping and payroll for two of our companies. The best thing they did was set up our payroll to make it seamless for us for each company. However, when we requested a refund of accounting fees paid for months where no data entry or reconciliation was done (we did the last 4 months ourselves for each company), Gilman's response was to immediately terminate our payroll services that same day - without giving us any chance to transfer to a new service provider. We gave them the benefit of the doubt repeatedly - and extra time to provide the services repeatedly.
Gilman & Co. CPAS, P.C.Gilman & Co. CPAS, P.C.
Will K.
I'm a relatively new client of Absolutely Advanced Accounting, so I am still learning of their capabilities, work quality, industry knowledge, and level of customer service. That said, I have been entirely satisfied with my experience thus far. One of my concerns of engaging a multi-staff accounting entity rather than an individual to maintain my bookkeeping (and other misc acc'ting services) was potential lack of personal attention from the larger company. I absolutely have NOT found this to be true of Shanah and her fact, on the contrary. Shanah as the face and guiding force behind this business is ever present, ever available, and ever cheerful! I will readily admit that I hold rather high standards, and am more often than not disappointed by many service providers. This is not the case with Absolutely Advanced Accounting...they are clearly a cut above the rest. I sincerely mean that, and highly recommend them.
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
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