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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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
She prepared tax returns for four years . Came to my home !! Excellent service , and timely .
Fundamental AccountingFundamental Accounting
Thumbtack Customer
The best tax preparation ever !!! I had to find a new tax preparer since my tax accountant of 30 years retired. I have been extremely impressed by Rockwall Advisors. The service was excellent. Accurate, fast and reasonably priced. Everyone was very professional and courteous. I could not have asked for better and would highly recommend Rockwall to all my friends.
RockWall Advisors, Inc.RockWall Advisors, Inc.
Shayne F.
Kristina did a great job advising me on my taxes. We were scheduled to meet at a local coffee shop and she was on time and ready to assist me with me taxes once I arrived. I Would recommend her to anyone who needs their taxes prepared.
Fundamental AccountingFundamental Accounting
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
Devoe C.
He was very helpful and knowledgable about preparing my taxes. He explained everything to me to the "T" and answered all my questions: while helping me get the most I can get from my Tax return. He is very flexible and punctual about time. I was able to come in an hour earlier than the appointment time that I scheduled with him. I highly recommend him as your tax preparer. Thanks again Andre Leake.
A. Leake Accounting IncA. Leake Accounting Inc
Thumbtack Customer
I am very happy with Rockwall. They prepared my taxes in a complete,accurate,and timely manner. I plan to use them again next year.
RockWall Advisors, Inc.RockWall Advisors, 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
DOUBLE TAX 100% & ACCOUNTING FIRM, IncDOUBLE TAX 100% & ACCOUNTING FIRM, Inc
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