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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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.  

Reviews for Midtown accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Great accountant at a great rate. Very confident and excellent quality service.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Elizabeth O.
I have found my forever accountants! Thank you so much!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Super intelligent guy! Knows his stuff! I think i found my accountant!
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Andrew is professional, a pleasure to work with, knowledgeable and very responsive. My husband and I used Poulos Accounting for our tax returns in 2103 for the first time and definitely plan to do the same this year. I've referred others, and I'd highly recommend Andrew Poulos for your accounting needs!
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
MiMi M.
Working with Desarie is a pleasure. I'm quite sure she is frustrated with me and my accounting issue but she has remained very professional throughout our interactions. We have not resolved my problem but she has assured me we will. I know I'm driving her insane but she never shows it. I would highly recommend her to anyone with an accounting problem. She's the best.
Anderson Accounting, LLCAnderson Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Andrew was fast, reliable, and friendly. He answered all of my tax questions and put me at ease with the whole process. I highly recommend Poulos Accounting and Consulting.
Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Timothy Pytel is kind, knowledgeable and a joy to work with. I am certain that we will have a long-term professional relationship and I will engage his firm for all of my accounting and tax needs.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
John was easy to work with, flexible to my plans, and very thorough. Working with him has been delightful. I would recommend him and. His experience, for any accounting project you may have.
John Brennan and AssociatesJohn Brennan and Associates
Denise D.
After it got to the point that H& R Block could no longer justify the amount of work that they were doing for me and the fees they charged, I decided to try Pytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC. Pytel was a much more reasonable alternative.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Nik P.
Tim is fantastic. He is extremely knowledgable and provides a great deal of advice and insights. Tim is more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure his customers (myself) are satisfied with his accounting/tax work. Tim also spends extra time explaining intricate details of the process. Highly recommend!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Ambreyana L.
I'm so glad I discovered Samara on Thumbtack. I've been wanting to hire a professional accountant to do my taxes and I'm happy that she was able to do mine for this tax season. She did a wonderful job! Super helpful and knowledgeable! I will be using her for all my tax needs!
FYE FinanceFYE Finance
Max G.
We have struggled finding a reliable and trustworthy tax service or accountant for years. I can finally say after years of searching we won’t be going to anyone other than Timothy Pytel. He was knowledgeable, efficient and he put our mind at ease. I will be recommending him to everyone I know come tax seasons.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Ms. Desarie is awesome and I have been extremely pleased with the work she has done for me. Working with her has been very personable, and she is very patient and a great communicator. I will definitely recommend anyone looking for an accountant that will help you take care of your problems and will be there for you. Thank you so much for all the help and continued work with my company. Stanley N
Anderson Accounting, LLCAnderson Accounting, LLC
Dawn K.
I recently switched accountants and I could not be happier. Although it is early in the process, I feel confident that this will be a long term commitment for me. From day one, Tim has been extremely reliable and easy to contact. He is is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and is always available to answer any questions I have. Immediately, he pointed out things that I need to be doing in order to have an organized and healthy financial future. We recently started working together and I will update as time goes on; however, I trust that my finances are in the right hands and I look forward to working with Pytel Associates.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Amanda O.
Jessie has been fantastic for us. Me and my business partner started our company about a year and a half ago and really didn't have much idea of what we were doing when it came to managing the books. Despite my best efforts, they were kind of a mess by the end of the year, so I called Jessie in to get them straightened out. All it took was one meeting and now my books look beautiful! Plus she taught me QuickBook basics as we went through everything so I can do a better job with the day to day business accounting throughout the year. Highly recommend!
Sunflower Office SolutionsSunflower Office Solutions
Mark C.
I just have to write a review of AEI Accounting services. I am on a very tight schedule and only had about 2 hours to spare to get my taxes done this past weekend. I must have called at least 4 firms before AEI, to only receive a no to my scheduling needs. I said a prayer and called AEI. I cannot express more how grateful I am that I went to AEI Accounting services.. I connected with the owner and was met with great expertise, integrity, a light sense of humor, and a depth to, what I was able to quickly assess, as a person of unusual character. I was so comfortable that I asked if the owner if she would like to hear my "story". Not only did she perfect my return, I felt like I was heard, with what I felt were keen listening skills. Now, unfortunately, I failed to remember to remind her of one 1099 that I had, and the owner was more than accommodating by working it into my return later, after the weekend without any additional charges. I cannot speak more highly of the experience and the final outcome. I am paying less than I anticipated with her quick solution to my tax situation by finding legal, reasonable ways to save me money. I highly recommend this firm to anyone with a discerning eye for quality and perfection in accuracy.
AEI Accounting & Tax Service, Inc/FinancialAEI Accounting & Tax Service, Inc/Financial
Thumbtack Customer
I found Gary's services online after a miscommunication with my usual accountant necessitated I enact a desperate, late-night search for quick help. By nature I am one who usually researches this sort of service (or any new service provider, really) ad nauseam, but this time I didn't have much time. Thumbtack provided me with about 5 different options, and Gary's super fast and very personalized direct response, and willingness to help immediately, swayed me to work with him, and I do NOT regret it. He was friendly, knowledgeable, confident, patient with me, and ready to help me understand my options. He made this pain-free for me, and I will definitely work with Gary again.
1800Accountant1800Accountant
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