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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.  

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.

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.

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. 

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

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.

Reviews for Bowie tax preparers
Barrington T.
Excellent tax preparer
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Buddy P.
Shaunte provided us with excellent service and prepared our taxes in a very timely and professional manner. She also did so at a significantly lower price than other tax preparer services. We will definitely use her services again in the future and highly recommend her.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Russell W.
I would highly recommend Green Financial for tax preparation. Ms. Green is very knowledgeable, professional and efficient. Ms. Green found a couple of deductions that I had not been aware of which helped lower my taxes. Ms. Green advised me of circumstances that could greatly impact my taxes in the future in regards to the new tax laws. Although I owed taxes this year from the new tax laws it was still a pleasure to work with Ms. Green. I have already recommended her to my friends and co-workers.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Tyrell S.
I was in search of a tax preparer and found Green Financial. I was very impressed with the responsiveness and efficiency from this company. The process was seamless and I am a satisfied customer. See you next year!
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I enjoyed speaking with her. I have a unusual work schedule. She worked with me for a meeting place and time. I left my paperwork with her. My taxes were prepared very quickly, and it didn't cost me much. Great job.
Fi-Tech Business SolutionsFi-Tech Business Solutions
Kathy A.
Since my Accountant retired last year due to Covid 19, I was forced to find a new Tax Preparation Service. I found Green Financial listed on the Web. After reading a number of reviews, I was confident enough to call and set an appointment. I dropped my Tax Information off in the afternoon, and was called within 5 hours to let me know that to my surprise, my taxes had been completed!!! I found that the Service Provider was Professional, Efficient, and extremely Knowledgeable about Tax Laws! Every question I ask was met with appropriate answers. I was very happy with the service and would definitely recommend Green Financial to my friends. In fact I have already passed on the information to a few of my friends.
Green Financial Services, LLCGreen Financial Services, LLC
Claude M.
This is the worst experience I ever had on this platform. I hired this man on February 16h, After he said he filed my tax. I paid him in full. He pressured me to write a review but I wasn’t comfortable with that. March 6th, I reached out and I asked him if he filed them and he lied to me several times. I called IRS to inquire and they said there’s no trace in the system that my tax return was filed, I asked IRS if I can add the tax preparer to the call and he agreed. OMG, this man started arguing with the IRS agent and he was so rude! I filed by myself and in less than 20 minutes I’ve received my acceptance from IRS. Surprisingly, after I’ve received acceptance from IRS, the next day there was an attempt to file using my SSN and of course it was rejected. Then I his man reached out to me saying he won’t refund my money. I told him I’m gonna file a Misconduct Affidavit against him, he grew mad started threatening me sending bunch of ridiculous messages saying that he has reported me to the police and IRS, I’m a scammer bla bla bla. This man is not right in his mind. I don’t know why he’s still on this platform?
Twin Cities Accounting and TaxTwin Cities Accounting and Tax
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