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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 Chicago tax preparers
Lydia V.
Call Imran Baig. Great CPA. Prepared my tax returns quickly and efficiently. Will call him for future tax needs. Lydia Vega Chicago, IL
Imran Baig, CPAImran Baig, CPA
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I are very glad we found Tax busters. We have a tax preparer and CPA for life. Thank you. Kenneth & Edna Joseph
Tax BustersTax Busters
Dee W.
AAJ was so very helpful in answering my tax questions. He is obviously very knowledgeable and super helpful. I would absolutely recommend AAJ for your tax preparation!
AAJ Services Inc.AAJ Services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Will was the most knowledgeable, kind and reliable tax preparer that I have ever worked with. Getting your taxes done can be a scarey, daunting procedure, especially if hardship has caused you to be behind on your filings. But Will was understanding, compassionate and professional. He got me a much lower tax bill than my previous preparer due to his knowledge of the most recent tax laws. Plus, he did not gauge me with extra fees. I would work with him again in a heartbeat, and have already recommended him to all of my friends. Thank you Will, and Thumbtack.
Masry Accounting And Tax ServicesMasry Accounting And Tax Services
Jane M.
After two years of bad experiences with tax preparers, I was extremely pleased with level of professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality rendered by Fair Winds Tax and Financial, LLC. Despite my being overwhelmed by previous tax years, Joshua Giminez, listened to me carefully, answered all of my questions and concerns and helped to restore my confidence in quality tax preparation. His fee was reasonable and he demonstrated true professionalism when I was faced with uncontrollable circumstances that delayed my timeline for submitting all of the tax documents that he needed to file our return on time. I highly recommend Fair Winds Tax and Financial, LLC. Based on my great experience with his service, I am now looking forward to working with Joshua Giminez as my new financial advisor.
Fair Winds Tax and Financial, LLCFair Winds Tax and Financial, LLC
Belinda M.
I hired David to prepare my taxes and discussed my circumstances over the phone before hiring him. When I received my return several errors were made that would have cost me $5,958 had I not corrected him. No apologies given when these errors were identified. When we filed the return I asked for a discount on his services - he never responded. Unprofessional and incompetent tax preparer.
David Roof, CPADavid Roof, CPA
Rhonda S.
Ryan recently amended three years of taxes for us to include a child exemption. He did a fantastic job with a quick turnaround at a very affordable rate. Ryan is very knowledgeable, responsive, and helpful. He really went above and beyond with his excellent customer service. I look forward to having him prepare our taxes in the years to come.
Scott & Phillips Tax and Accounting, LLCScott & Phillips Tax and Accounting, LLC
Lauren C.
Tara was fantastic to work with! She’s incredibly responsive, helpful and provides fast but thorough tax preparation services. The portal she uses for clients is very intuitive and provides easy to understand checklists to ensure the appropriate information gets to her in a secure and quick fashion. She followed up on questions quickly and has a rapid turnaround for completed tax returns. Once she got my documentation, she finished it in less than 24 hours. I will definitely be working with Tara again for future tax needs.
Taxes by TaraTaxes by Tara
Patricia M.
I very much appreciated Mr. Masry for his ability to prepare my tax return. He always responded to all my questions and was very patient to explain what I needed to do. For the first time in three years I will receive a federal refund. I certainly would recommend his services. I intent to continue to use Masry Accounting and Tax Services.
Masry Accounting And Tax ServicesMasry Accounting And Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Updated review: I had originally posted about the wonderful job J&R did when filing my returns. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. I received a notice from the state of IL that my taxes were incorrectly prepared. While J&R blamed the issue on their software, I find it appalling that a firm based in IL does not understand IL tax law, at a minimum. I am forced to hire yet another firm to audit their work to ensure no other errors were made.
J&R Accounting Group LLCJ&R Accounting Group LLC
Colin C.
Had a great experience with Syvertsen Accounting. This was the first time I used a professional to file my taxes and Stephanie was very responsive and helpful. The process was very easy and once I had all my documents together they got everything prepared very quickly. I have investments so the software to do my own taxes gets pretty expensive so it really wasn't much more to have Syvertsen Accounting do it for me with their very fair pricing. Will definitely be a return customer.
Syvertsen Accounting LLCSyvertsen Accounting LLC
Samantha S.
I was a bit nervous about choosing someone to help me prepare my taxes in Chicago and I'm so glad I found Chicago1040 Accounting. I worked predominantly with Nik and Kam who were both so great and responsive in answering my questions and making sure everything was done right and that I understood the process. Thank you!
Chicago1040 AccountingChicago1040 Accounting
Alex J.
Karen, was the sweetest and most professional tax preparer I’ve ever came across. She is very passionate about what she does, went above and beyond, doubled and tripled checked before she finalized all the work. I was out of the country for two years, so she filed 2019 and 2020 and all was flawless. Highly recommended!!
Jacob C.
Phillip did an incredible job and relieved so many questions and concerns I had that spurred after I attempted to use TurboTax (really not a fan of that website as it caused a lot of confusion). It was easy to work with him — I simply uploaded forms and answered some follow-up questions. Shortly after, he prepared a great summary of documents of my Taxes that were filed the next day. He also made sure to find me ways to maximize my return. He always answered my questions and concerns promptly. Should he allow it, I’d love to use his services in the future and would gladly be a repeat customer. As a consumer, it’s always nice when the service you pay for goes as expected. I’ve read other nightmares and felt like I dodged a bullet. He also has a much, much better value than the competitors on this app. I feel as if others who quoted me were attempting to take advantage by charging me several hundred dollars. Phillips pricing model was far fairer, which I deeply appreciated. Definitely work with him if you can :) Thank you!!
Philip GreylingPhilip Greyling
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