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Walt M.

Accurate Accounting and Tax Service

She was friendly, made sure I had all needed. I was able to get in for an appointment so close to the 17th. The price was at least about 1/3 of what a Big name company had charged me for previous tax preparations. Services were done within just hours after dropping off the paper work. Thank you very much.

Apr 17, 2018

Steven L.

MTG Accounting &Tax, LLC

Great tax professional. Can't say enough good things about the quality, follow thru and insights that have been handled with my tax preparation.

Aug 4, 2017

Melissa F.

Tax Busters

Gerald was very patient with me and thorough with my taxes. Tax Busters provided first class service and their technology made it very easy to submit all necessary documents from the comfort of my home. Gerald not only helped me with this year's taxes but identified discrepancies in the previous two years taxes where I am due additional refund money. A REAL PRO!

Nov 7, 2016

Mimi S.

Shepin CPA LLC

Very good knowledge of taxes and gives best advise that suits your situation. Very prompt service with great customer service. Highly recommend using Shepin Tax Services for your needs.

Nov 24, 2015

Hassan Z.

J&R Accounting Group LLC

J&R Accounting is one of the best Tax preparation services in the area. I hired them to prepare my 2014 Tax return, they went above and beyond my request and provided additional support with no additional charges. The quote was fair. I have to point out that Shaimal is really a customer centric person. I will absolutely come back next year and re-hire J&R to prepare my 2015 Tax return.... Way to go J&R , keep up the good work!

May 31, 2015

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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