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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 Navy Yard tax preparers
Revley S.
Tax Pro has been great! Thorough and professional, no nonsense tax knowledgeable tax preparer.
Fi-Tech Business SolutionsFi-Tech Business Solutions
Martis D.
Tax preparation...and the service was phenomenal
Proffitt & Associates - DCProffitt & Associates - DC
Donald H.
I plan on using them as my future tax preparers.
Lindenhurst CPA PLLCLindenhurst CPA PLLC
Jon D.
Great first experience with a professional tax preparer. Very responsive!
Syvertsen Accounting LLCSyvertsen Accounting LLC
Arielle L.
Ms. Kenya, is a wonderful tax preparer! Got my taxes done the same day I made an appointment and se walked me through the whole process. Very helpful and understanding.
DeVa Association LLCDeVa Association LLC
Norman F.
Filing taxes this year was almost effortless. All information and documents were transferred online, the service was prompt, and communication with the preparer during the preparation process was very good. The fee charged was reasonable, to say the least compared to the fee charged last year at a popular walk-in franchise. I'll definitely be using Star Tax next year.
Star Tax SolutionsStar Tax Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Solid job by Joe to get things done in a timely, flexible manner. We'll work with him again as it relates to tax preparation.
Starzyk CPA, LLCStarzyk CPA, LLC
Susan H.
Very good service with a reasonable turn-around for getting my taxes prepared. The pricing was great as well. I will certainly use the services again!
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Samlin J.
Great service! Revolutionizing the tax preparation process for individual and business owners. Highly recommend Top’s they’re quick easy and do the job right!
Top's Noble Tax ServicesTop's Noble Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Services: 1) Tax Preparation, 2) advice on a real estate issue. My experience with Suncrest Financial Services was excellent. I was contacted promptly by a accountant/consultant who was courteous and professional. My complicated tax preparation was performed in a very timely manner with great attention to detail. The paperwork was filed on time and the accountant gave me solid advice for preparing for filing 2016 taxes. The accountant researched my real estate question and her advice will save me money in the future. I was very impressed with the accountant and the customer service of the company. I plan to continue to use Suncrest Financial Services for my future accounting needs.
Suncrest Financial ServicesSuncrest Financial Services
Andrew S.
Ms. Green was a consummate professional and provided me and my wife with options in our tax preparation. She walked us through our options, explaining available avenues and helping us make important tax decisions. We even discovered that taxes weren't deducted from my wife's income for a portion of the year and Ms. Green helped fix the issue and save us money. We would entirely recommend Green Financial Services for your tax needs.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jofi did a great job on our 2014 taxes. He kept to his 48 hour turnaround time. He also gave me advise on our retirement planning and starting a 529 Plan for our daughter. Jofi is also redoing my 2013 taxes so we can maximize our refund. I will use Jofi next year as well for my tax needs. I recommend Jofi to anyone looking fr tax preparation services. Jack and Sandra Washington DC
Jofi Joseph CPA Tax ServicesJofi Joseph CPA Tax Services
John B.
Amber was a pleasure to work with! She is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. She helped us through the process of completing and filing our tax returns quickly, and gave us some useful suggestions about how to prepare for next year’s taxes so that we have withheld the proper amounts. We look forward to working with her again!
Proffitt & Associates - DCProffitt & Associates - DC
Thumbtack Customer
Superb job. Clear step by step guidance through tax preparation. All done digitally including sharing of documents. This was the least stress tax filing I have done in the last 20 years. I wish I had found this service years ago. Neil was efficient, knowledgable, and responded quickly to all my questions.
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Centric Business Solutions, LLC to prepare my business taxes which haven't been done for 3 years. Geena was very responsive and knowledgeable. My taxes were done the next day after we met. She offers reasonable prices, works fast and is super organized.. Working with Geena was nothing but pleasure. I will highly recommend her to anyone.
Centric Business Solutions, LLCCentric Business Solutions, LLC
Brandon J.
Daphene at DeMore tax service was heaven sent! This is by far the best experience I have ever, I mean ever!!, had with a tax professional! Daphene has the knowledge for all your tax needs and she gave exceptional advice as well. She is totally on a different playing field when it comes to preparing your taxes. She uses Google handouts so you and her can communicate throughout the day. Plus, she uses an intruit link to upload all your tax documents. Then she gives you a “boxed” account so you can retrieve your returns and tax documents for years to come. Last but not least, she uses Docusign so that you can sign all your returns electronically. You honestly, don’t have to ever go see a tax professional again in person because she has completely automated this whole process. I will be using daphene again in the future!
De'More Tax ServiceDe'More Tax Service
Angel V.
I sought out someone who could help with preparing my taxes as they had gotten overwhelming to do myself. Serena helped make the process simple. She was very communicative throughout the process and professional. I would recommend Serena's services.
Fi-Tech Business SolutionsFi-Tech Business Solutions
Joy W.
Let me say by starting off I had paid out a lot of money to tax preparers that didn’t do my taxes right. The first tax preparer didn’t include my unemployment and business and when I tried to get get to amend it she never returned my calls so I had to find another tax preparer to filed an amendment and he did the same exact thing but addition to that he didn’t filed in the numbers on my 1040X correctly needless to say I had to pay money twice so can you image what I been through. I found Alan on thumb tack and what I love first he was very responsive, prompt and professional. I started working with him on Saturday and by Sunday he was completely done and I was very satisfied with his work and I wish I had him from the very beginning. His prices are very reasonable and he does a good job on top of his prices. If anyone is looking for great services I highly recommend Alan and again I want to publicly Thank him for his speedy response and great service.
Bookkeeper on CallBookkeeper on Call
David K.
I contacted Ms. Proffitt because of good reviews on Thumbtack. I needed a new tax preparer when my previous one disappeared. Amber's price was reasonable. She did the work quickly with the information I provided, with only a few phone calls to check and revise things in the returns--fewer than I would have expected since I'm a new client. She is both highly professional and friendly. In the final return she included a number of useful worksheets. I definitely recommend her.
Proffitt & Associates - DCProffitt & Associates - DC
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