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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.

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.

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.

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 Baltimore tax preparers
Damon B.
Tax preparation! Fast and easy.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Paul A.
Tax preparer was very helpful answering questions. Very professional & affordable.
SCN Accounting and Tax ServicesSCN Accounting and Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel Dutterer, CPA Is very experience with tax preparation. He patience and willing to help his customers.
Daniel E. Dutterer, CPADaniel E. Dutterer, CPA
Taylor h.
Pleasant, patient and carefully helped me prepare a DC tax return that had a lot of different parts.
The Brockington Firm, LLCThe Brockington Firm, LLC
Rhonda R.
I had a GREAT experience working with Ms Robertson. She was very knowledgeable on the new tax information and offered extremely valuable advice that I have not received from other tax preparation establishments. Ms. Robertson was always professional and made me feel very comfortable...an experience I have never felt prior to hiring her to prepare my taxes. I would definitely refer her to my family and friends.
All About TaxesAll About Taxes
Thumbtack Customer
Tony prepared and E-Filed my personal and business taxes for a single member LLC. This was my first time filing taxes and Tony made the process quick, easy, and helped me to understand the process. I would recommend Tony
Tony Di Fatta C.P.A.Tony Di Fatta C.P.A.
Maria E.
Professional, responsive, genuine. All around, a wonderful experience. I felt as though Mr. Hearn went above and beyond for my tax preparation.
Hearn & Associates, LLCHearn & Associates, LLC
Gift O.
This past tax season I had a number of life events that would impact my taxes: getting married, having a child, owning a small business, becoming a homeowner which changed the state I was paying taxes in. Because of all of that we decided it would be best to get an actual tax preparer instead of doing them ourselves online. One of the things that made me go with Green Financial Services (aside from the stellar reviews) was Shaunte’s impressive response time and her patience answering and explaining the slew of questions I had. Her wealth of knowledge put me at ease and made me feel comfortable moving forward. Turnaround time for the preparation of our taxes was unbelievably quick—I think it only a few days, which was impressive given the work load I’m sure she has during tax season. She explained our tax outcomes, the new tax laws and how to move forward in this upcoming tax year. I had a great experience with Shaunte and have peace of mind that our taxes were handled care.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Jessica R.
Shaunte was amazing. She responded very promptly to my (multiple) questions, answered them fully, and did a great job preparing our taxes. She saved us a lot of money, and in fact we then hired her to review our taxes from last year which she did and saved us money there as well.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Joshua S.
I used Mr. Bridges to prepare my taxes because, mine are slightly different than standard and last year i made some mistakes. Mr. Bridges was quick to prepare everything once I gave him all the information required. Further his rates were better than other on here. I would definitely consider using him again. I have nothing negative to say.
Bridges and Associates, CPA'sBridges and Associates, CPA's
Bridget N.
Shaunte was absolutely amazing! I had a fairly complex situation and she was able to efficiently explain and prepare my taxes. She was extremely professional and responsive and answered all of the questions I had. She went above and beyond and I would highly recommend working with her!
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Aretha W.
I chose Green Financial Services, LLC because of the impeccable reviews that I read prior to hiring services. Ms. Green is very knowledgeable, professional, and punctual as we arranged for her to meet with us at our house. After collecting our tax documents she prepared them in a timely fashion.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
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