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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.

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.

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.

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 Tampa tax preparers
Naeem N.
Justin Chin did a awesome job preparing my taxes! He was honest, knowledgeable , and down to earth. I will definitely have him prepare my taxes next year. -
Law Offices of Justin ChinLaw Offices of Justin Chin
Thumbtack Customer
Brian identified a significant error in one of my tax documents during tax preparation that would have caused a substantial financial deficit. Open and honest feedback about my current retirement and investment portfolio.
Camelot Wealth Management LLCCamelot Wealth Management LLC
Jason L.
FWN Accounting was fantastic. They was able to get my wife and I caught up on our personal taxes and we was able to file our business taxes on time. The process was no hassle and Frank worked with us every step of the way. Will absolutely recommend to anyone inneed of a tax preparer or business expert.
FWN AccountingFWN Accounting
Vishruti P.
My experience working with Frank was great and I'd highly recommend him to any friend or family. Having moved from California, NYC and Florida all in one year made my taxes more complicated than usual. Frank was so quick and professional - he had my taxes prepared and filed within a few days with minimal back and forth. I'm looking forward to leaning on Frank for all my future taxes :)
AOP Financial & Taxes, Inc.AOP Financial & Taxes, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience, I will definitely recommend Stephanie to any of my friends. Her firm is knowledgeable and very helpful plus responsive. I trust my tax preparation to her and I know it will get done right.
Taxes TampaTaxes Tampa
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic service! Got an appointment fast, answered all of our questions & found us the most deductions possible. Will never waste my time or $$ by going to a one of those big name tax preparers! Will be working with Brian Mahoney from now on!
Camelot Wealth Management LLCCamelot Wealth Management LLC
Monique D.
Karen did a great job with preparing my back taxes. She did 7 returns for me including federal and 3 different states. Stayed on the phone with me for an hour to complete everything and saved me over $2000.00. Thank you Karen
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