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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

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.

How much is a financial planner?

On average, financial planners charge $100-$150 per hour for their services. However, hourly rates can range from $45-$200 per hour. 

It’s important to note that financial planners and advisors may set their prices differently. For example, they may charge: 

  • Hourly rates
  • Flat fees 
  • Retainer fees
  • Commissions
  • A percentage of assets under management

Before you hire a financial planner or advisor, get cost estimates from several professionals near you. And ask them to explain how their pricing works and how they get paid.

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 Duluth accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Being a transplant from Seattle, I began my due diligence of investigating who would be the best accountant for me in the Atlanta area. Using my strict criteria, Andrew Poulos and his accounting firm won hands down. His credentials seemed to be impeccable. My whole experience of working with him was quite simply that "impeccable". I would recommend him to anyone. His process is smooth and easy. I could get him all of the required documents from the comfort of my own home.
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Karla R.
I have been having trouble managing my cases and books all at the same time. Christian explained how she can help me and I instantly felt comfortable! Needless to say I am happy to have a trusted bookkeeper. I recommend Chatman Accounting as Christian is knowledgeable about the industry!
Chatman Tax and Accounting LLC.Chatman Tax and Accounting LLC.
Alvin L.
I have a non-profit company that I have done no bookkeeping for and needed tax help as well. Christian recommended the best option for me and explained what she and her team can accomplish for my business. I thank God I was able to find a someone knowledgeable about the industry and equipped to handle tax and accounting work.
Chatman Tax and Accounting LLC.Chatman Tax and Accounting LLC.
Patricia Z.
I have always done my own taxes but circumstances changed this year and I needed to file in two states. Could not wrap my head around it. I talked to several people and decided to go with Debra at Premier Tax & Accounting Services. She promptly answered each of my MANY questions and made me feel comfortable. She was prompt and prepared the return exactly when she said she would. She was great to talk with, I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. I highly recommend Debra
Premier Tax & Accounting ServicesPremier Tax & Accounting Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had an outstanding experience with Pytel and Associates!! I hired Pytel in 5/2016 for a very complicated task... 8 yrs of tax filings with W2, 1099, rental property, and foreclosure. It was a daunting task that I finally got the courage to conquer. Everything thing was professionally done from an employment contract, to continued communication, to speed and accuracy in completion. I had a few setbacks but despite that, the job was completed. I highly recommend Pytel and Associates for any and all accounting endeavors. I sleep better just knowing it is finally done. There is nobody else you want handling your tax matters. His knowledge, work ethic and straight forward personality are unparalleled. Hire him, you will be glad you did!!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
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