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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.  

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 Oakland Park tax preparers
Elizabeth P.
Gigi was very helpful in explaining everything as she was preparing our taxes
GG Accounting & Taxation Services CorpGG Accounting & Taxation Services Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Prepared my tax returns promptly at last minute. Very pleasant, reliable and reasonably priced.
SCH Accounting Services,IncSCH Accounting Services,Inc
Thumbtack Customer
A2Z,prepared my taxes at an affordable price. From start to finish,she was very professional and great to deal with.
A2Z Accounting SolutionsA2Z Accounting Solutions
Thecia E.
I’m so glad that I found Robert. We were in a time crunch to get our taxes done. He walked us through the entire process since we had to have our personal and S-Corp taxes done. He was very professional and delivered everything on time as promised. We will definitely be using Robert at Griffin and Johnson tax preparation for our future tax needs.
Griffin and Johnson Tax PrepGriffin and Johnson Tax Prep
Tammy J.
I had to find someone new very last minute to prepare my 2020 returns. I was very lucky to be paired with John of 4 Quarters Tax Service. He was extremely professional and happy to assist me. He had my returns prepared with a couple hours of our first contact. This would have been even faster if I was able to respond to him faster as all work was done remotely. I will absolutely use this service for future tax preparation and will happily refer my friends and family.
4 Quarters Tax LLC4 Quarters Tax LLC
Jose N.
This is the best experience I’ve ever had in regards to having my tax file prepared. Louis was amazing in delivering my file within 24 hours. I highly highly recommend. Thanks again!
Tax Starz of Tampa BayTax Starz of Tampa Bay
Millicent g.
It was such a pleasurable experience working with ND accounting and tax services I’m kinda in awe. I’m an older client and is very intimidated by computer stuff. I’m home scared of the virus and needed viral services. ND Accounting did not disappoint ! All my business was conducted with Nirva Duvert. Nirva throughout, was so kind patient encouraging and inspiring it was absolutely amazing ! She was prompt in all responses and always professional . If you are looking for a tax preparer that embodies those attributes , LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!
ND Accounting and Tax Services LLCND Accounting and Tax Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Diaz prepared my taxes a week before the national deadline and I got my tax refund the following week! In the past I've always gone to H&R Block, and after meeting with Mr. Diaz I wish I had met him sooner, he was incredibly knowledgeable and really took the time to get to know me and my personal situtation to make sure that I received the maxium refund, something that I never experienced at H&R block. I will be using him next year!!!! Thank you again Mr. Diaz!
Miami Tax ExpertMiami Tax Expert
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