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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 Sarasota tax preparers
David V.
They did a great job preparing our taxes.
EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Having just moved to Florida and researched many tax preparers we were so glad find this company. Their staff was friendly and thorough and made my cost and expensive clear to me up front. I recommend their services highly. Tim, Sarasota
EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We had our current year tax return prepared and I found Beth and Annette to be thorough, pleasant and professional. The cost was less than half of last years return and I would definitely recommend their services based on the experience I had with them.
EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.EZ Tax Solutions, Inc.
Norayda D.
Jessica Meyer is my hero! She was exactly the professional I needed when I needed one most. I am thrilled to announce she is my new accountant. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure a crucial deadline was met even though I came to her at the last minute when I couldn't rely on my former CPA’s office. I got behind on my bookkeeping after our move last year and so my books weren’t ready as the deadline approached. I was staring at a huge mountain to climb, a seemingly impossible deadline and I got zero sympathies​ from my CPA’s office. So, I frantically looked for a tax consultant online and was thrilled to find Jessica of Booksmart on Thumbtack in a matter of minutes. She kept me sane during a very anxious process and empowered me to keep going when I felt unequal to the task. She made me feel as though I was the most important client in the world! To my former CPAs I was just a number (pardon the pun!) and a meaningless and unappreciated one at that. Good riddance! Tax preparation is never fun, but thanks to Jessica's support and guidance, I was thrilled with our accomplishment and I could not be happier with the outcome. Jessica demonstrated knowledge and expertise with infinite patience and respect. How refreshing! She was able to e-file my personal and corporate returns with time to spare. Never even having met her, she treated me as a cherished friend. Everyone should feel as great about their accountant as I feel about Jessica. If you’re not thrilled with your accountant for any reason or you feel as though you’re being over-charged, remember, there are options. Booksmart may be the answer for you, too. Thank you, Jessica. And thank you, Thumbtack for helping me find her so quickly. With gratitude, Norayda – NZoneFL.com
Booksmart of Florida, LLCBooksmart of Florida, LLC
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