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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.  

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.

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. 

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

Who can file my taxes?

Any individual with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is eligible to file your income taxes on your behalf. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best candidate to provide the help you need with your income tax preparation. The IRS explains that CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents are all allowed to legally represent their clients before the IRS. They have a more thorough understanding of tax code than an individual operating solely with a PTIN or an Annual Filing Season Program participant who provides their services on a volunteer basis. Consider the complexity of your tax return and what level of expertise you’ll require. Before entrusting someone with your private financial and personal information, do some research on their qualifications. The IRS has a searchable database where you can verify the background and credentials of your income tax preparation professional. Once you have selected someone, ask about their service fees and confirm their availability. Then provide them with all the documentation they require, including W-2s, 1099s and more. Always ask to review the paperwork before it is submitted, and never sign a blank tax return.

Reviews for Wilmington tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Bob did a great job at preparing and submitting our taxes for us.
Bob Does TaxesBob Does Taxes
Mitchell C.
Was unhappy with my tax preparer last year and tried Monahan and was extremely satisfied. Kelly was thorough, professional, and the turn around time was awesome! Would definitely recommend and I will be going back in the future.
Monahan Tax & Accounting IncMonahan Tax & Accounting Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Bob is competent, knowledgeable, and charges well below what other tax preparers want for the same service. He works from his home so has no office overhead expenses to cover. I strongly reccommend him!
Bob Does TaxesBob Does Taxes
Alexis W.
So far so good! I am still sending in paperwork through Bob's portal, so my taxes are not done. Bob has been excellent with reminders and letting me know where he is in the preparation and what he needs.
Bob Does TaxesBob Does Taxes
Gjaimeir S.
This was my first time filing my taxes with Bob. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He truly goes the extra mile for his clients . He answered all questions as well as provided me with other alternative options, in order to be prepared for years to come . I highly recommend Bob services to anyone feeling unsure about filing and etc .
Bob Does TaxesBob Does Taxes
Michael S.
Tony prepared my son and daughter-in-law's 2016 taxes. Tony helped my son who completed six years of military service in August. He is a young husband who moved his family from Fort Riley KS to Delaware. He works full time at the Philadelphia airport and is attending school at AIM full time. My daughter-in-law graduated from PennState and has stundents loans. She had and part time job in Kansas and quickly was able to start her career full time job once they moved to Delaware. Tony helped them file their taxes smoothly. Tony was able to answer our many questions about them filling jointly, their move having them living in two states and working in three different states and military paying for AIM and student loans. Tony also gave them tips on how to help improve their tax needs moving forward. Tony educated them as a young couple like making charitable donation, what to claim with their individual employers and tracking their health medical expenses. I felt Tony professionally gave my son and daughter-in-law a good foundation and was able to move them in a positive direction. As a mom I felt Tony took care of my family and I will be recommending him to my family and friends. Thank you, KLS from Delaware
Trident Tax Services -  MST, MBATrident Tax Services - MST, MBA
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