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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Quincy tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Nicole is a lifesaver! I received a letter from the state regarding my 2011 taxes, and when I tried to resolve it myself the state made me cry. They were horrible! Finally, I found Nicole, after a Google search for tax preparers in my area led me to Thumbtack. Unlike her competitors, Nicole did not just provide me a blind quote to do my current year's tax returns. She emailed me a questionnaire, which I completed, and then she quoted me a price. I knew that if she was going to be that thorough about providing me a quote, then she would do a thorough job on my returns. In addition to my current returns, I also needed help with a 2011 state tax issue. While handling the state issue for me, Nicole found a federal one too, and she prepared both amended returns, as well as both of this current year's tax returns. My tax returns are complicated because they involve dividends and self employment income, so having to amend and prepare them is no easy task. Whenever I had a question I just emailed Nicole and she usually emailed me back within the hour, but always the same day, which is amazing during the tax season. Day or night she was always easily accessible both by email or by appointment. I didn't have to take personal time from my job to get my taxes done, which was a huge bonus! Nicole was also very compassionate both about the reason surrounding my past tax issue and my current financial situation. She provides added value to her service by maintaining a vested interest in saving her clients from paying excessive fees and penalties whenever possible; as she says there are no guarantees. The point is that she is not afraid to advocate for her clients. My state tax issue caused me months of anxiety; Nicole made that disappear with a few phone calls and an amended return. Now I can move on with my life and not worry about the state lurking around in the shadows. Oh and the best part - Nicole will keep all of your tax returns and supporting documents for 7 years and her clients can access their information on a secure electronic portal. For someone like me who isn't great about keeping their documentation, this is an immense added value to Nicole's service. See you next year Nicole!
NGG Tax Group, IncNGG Tax Group, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Nicole was absolutely wonderful. Her process is seamless. We went in to meet with her, discussed all of our filing options, and Nicole made sure to check for every deduction we would possible get. This was my first time utilizing a tax preparer and I did so because I have a new business. Nicole explained everything I needed to provide and she took it from there. An absolutely seamless process! Not to mention, she is one of the most responsive people I have ever dealt with professionally. Thank you, Nicole!
NGG Tax Group, IncNGG Tax Group, Inc
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