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Greg H.

Legacy Tax & Resolution Services

They have a friendly, helpful team and competent tax advisors. I had delayed my tax payments due to a few bad financial years and family health issues. Things came to a head when I received a tax notice with fines and back taxes worth over $15,600 from the IRS. This was simply too much for me to pay within a month’s notice and I thought our lives were over. I was really desperate when I got in touch with their service but their consultants were reassuring and told us they would do their best. They certainly did wonders for me and my family. Not only did they manage to get the tax liability reduced to less than $4,100, they even had the whole amount divided into installments. We were able to clear the bill over the next three years. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. We are really grateful for their wonderful work.

May 30, 2018

Renee B.

Ann M. Hartz CPA

Pleasant, efficient tax preparation. Planning to return next year.

Apr 19, 2017

Brian P.

FUIRSA, Inc.

Randi was very professional and thorough when interviewing us for preparation of our tax return. She was very knowledgeable and was able to gather all the necessary information for preparation of our return in under an hour's time. She identified items we were missing and gave us a list of these things she needed to complete our return. Once we provided these items, Randi completed the federal and state returns quickly. We're looking forward to working with her again!

Mar 6, 2017

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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