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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Reviews for Atlanta tax preparers
Chelle M.
EGMB did a great job preparing my taxes!
EGMB TAX SERVICEEGMB TAX SERVICE
Thumbtack Customer
I found Tiffany to be very methodical and thorough in here approach to tax preparation. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking professional tax preparation services. Great job Tiffany.
HITAXIQHITAXIQ
Oouida y.
Ms Miller is a genuine tax professional. she was very punctual and pleasant to work with. She was very thorough in preparing my taxes and very helpful and knowledgeable with past and current tax laws. She is my new tax consultant. I am happy to have found her.
Miller Tax Consulting, LLCMiller Tax Consulting, LLC
Erica H.
I used this company to do my tax preparation and so glad I did! It was my first time using someone. They were very thorough, quick and helped me a lot in my personal tax situation.
Premier Tax & Business SolutionsPremier Tax & Business Solutions
BERNIE B.
Excellent tax preparation service. I really enjoyed my experience. knowledge, professionalism, and excellent customer service. Highly recommended!!!!
Personal Financial Solutions, LLCPersonal Financial Solutions, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Poulos proved himself both attentive and capable while preparing my 2013 tax returns. He has contacts within the GA state tax office, and was able to get quick answers to a somewhat complicated business matter. I will be happy to work with Andrew again from both a small business and person tax standpoint.
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Nima A.
Terri is extremely responsive to our needs and diligent with her timelines and project completion promises. Within less than a week during the height of tax season she prepared our tax return filings. Glad I stumbled upon on her on Thumbtack!
Miller Tax Consulting, LLCMiller Tax Consulting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Poulos is completely professional and took the time to explain many tax-based nuances of which I was unaware. At this point, I likely will never return to a franchise based tax preparation company because of the experience my family has now had with Mr. Poulos.
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
April was very knowledgeable and efficient. She prepared my individual tax return quickly and gave me useful advice to make future returns go smoothly.
Peerless Financial Group LLCPeerless Financial Group LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We've worked with Andrew for the past 2 years for tax preparation. He's made the process easy for us! Andrew is always responsive, very knowledgeable and straightforward with his advice. He's been a big help in not only getting our current tax year affairs in order but also in proactive planning for the next year.
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Janaee W.
Mary is extremely helpful and professional, she aims to ensure correct filing is done, and is extremely responsive. Mary wants to develop my financial health beyond tax preparation which I greatly appreciate.
Mary McDuffie CPAMary McDuffie CPA
Allan L.
Mr. Alvarez is a true professional. He prepared my taxes in a timely manner and for the price he initially quoted. He answered any questions I had about his work and asked me the right questions in order to accurately prepare my return. I’m I chose Alvarez CPA & Associates!
Alvarez CPA & AssociatesAlvarez CPA & Associates
Jill J.
I'm so glad I found Simone at K. White & Co Express Tax Preparers. She was so professional, patient, and communicated very thoroughly with me. I never looked forward to doing my taxes, but Simone really made the whole process seamless. Thank you so much, and I'll definitely be using your services in the future.
KW Financial Services LLCKW Financial Services LLC
Nithya R.
Okay like I was so distraught when the last tax preparer I had backed out. I was worried I wasn’t able to find anyone to do my taxes for some reason. I’m so glad I found Tax Help of Carrollton. They were able to get my taxes done in only one day… and I don’t owe anything to the IRS anymore. Like literally half my stress is gone. He’s punctual and responsive and the process to get the documents uploaded and being able to chat with him in the portal is amazing. I really hope they never go out of business. Like ever. Thank you 🙏🏽
Tax Help of CarrolltonTax Help of Carrollton
Michele T.
I hired Cititax to prepare my husband and my year end tax returns. We had a lot of life activities this year from having moved, gotten married and purchasing a house for the first time so we wanted to hire a professional to ensure we maximized our tax return. Shybi was a real pleasure to work with and extremely responsive from initial request to the time our returns we’re filed. His price was competitive and I feel we were charged fairly. We are very busy and could be difficult to get in touch with but Shybi was patient and efficient in all of our meetings. He provided valuable insight and was able to answer all of our questions. He turned our returns around within hours once I had provided him with all of the necessary data. We would definitely hire CITITAX again and refer to anyone looking for someone to prepare their personal tax returns.
CITITAX ASSOCIATESCITITAX ASSOCIATES
Jelve G.
I hired Ni to prepare my taxes for me and she was GREAT!!! She made the process so easy and quick- took only a couple hours for her to complete. We did everything via text and email and she even went out of her way to educate and inform me on ways I can expect a higher Tax return. I HIGHLY recommend Ni... you will not be disappointed. She's nice and professional and very prompt with her replies! Thanks so much Ni! I'll be sure to hire her again next year! :)
Motley's Bookkeeping and Tax SvcsMotley's Bookkeeping and Tax Svcs
Kaylin O.
Emran did such an excellent job preparing my taxes. Responded quickly and got me in for a virtual meeting within a day or so. Took all of the work out of my hands and explained the process well. Was friendly and patient and answered all of my questions. Couldn’t have been an easier or more enjoyable experience. Prices very reasonable. Will definitely reach out to him again for future needs and would encourage others to do the same!
Hossain Tax & Accounting, PLLCHossain Tax & Accounting, PLLC
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