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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 Alpharetta tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Goldstein was extremely thorough in his review and preparation of my family's taxes. I would definitely recommend him if you have complex tax situations best handled by a year round tax professional as opposed to a seasonal part time tax person.
The Goldstein Firm, CPA, LLCThe Goldstein Firm, CPA, LLC
Adham G.
Thanks to Charlene for preparing my sons Tax filing. Very high quality work and super dedication!
Quality Tax ServiceQuality Tax Service
Scheley T.
I wish it was possible to give more stars! Outstanding service and professionalism. I believe I’ve now found my home for tax preparation! I’ve already begun recommending Tax Geaks to friends and coworkers.
Tax GeaksTax Geaks
Thumbtack Customer
Eric did an excellent job helping prepare our taxes. He was very responsive and professional. I highly recommend him.
The Goldstein Firm, CPA, LLCThe Goldstein Firm, CPA, LLC
Antonio R.
Jason and his team did a great job preparing and completing our taxes. He saved us money on our return and handled everything promptly. He was quick to answer questions as well. Highly recommend Tax Planning Solutions!
Tax Planning SolutionsTax Planning Solutions
Barbara V.
We cannot thank Mr. Alvarez enough for helping us out with our tax situation. We had a lot of changes over the past year and was unable to prepare our taxes ourselves. He was very patient and explained everything to us. He also work with us to better plan for the following year.
Alvarez CPA & AssociatesAlvarez CPA & Associates
Rohan B.
We had a crazy 2016. Moved from LA to Chicago to Atlanta. Further we moved back into our own rental condo as primary residence only to sell it away 9 months later. Needless to say it was a herculean task for a new tax expert to gather history and prepare returns. Tim and his team were fantastic!! They handled everything on the phone with documents sent over email. They were always available for a call or clarification. I never had such a great experience with taxes and will be working with them going forward. Thanks team!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had a great experience working with Tim to prepare my tax returns. 48 hours to the lodgment deadline and a return that is more complicated than the usual run of the mill. Tim took the time to research my situation ahead of time, ultimately ensuring that the return was accurate and lodged on-time. I'll use Tim's services anytime and willingly recommend his fast, efficient and well-priced service.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
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