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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.  

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 Fridley tax preparers
Jordan G.
Swon Tax Preparation did an excellent job preparing my taxes.
Swon Tax PreparationSwon Tax Preparation
Mary F.
Conscious and kind understanding tax preparer, with concern needs.
Walker Tax FirmWalker Tax Firm
Thumbtack Customer
David is great at preparing taxes, Smart and professional. I used to go to HR Block, Never again, David is my tax guy...
Vaca Tax and Financial GroupVaca Tax and Financial Group
Eric C.
After having a bad experience with my previous tax preparer, Aly was able to pick up the mess and prepare my taxes correctly. Dealing with the IRS can be stressful but he made the process very simple. Highly recommended!!
Patti B.
I was happy with the service I received from SWON Tax Preparation. They have a nice office in a good location. The tax preparer was friendly and very easy to communicate and work with. I was happy with the product and service. I would recommend this business to others.
Swon Tax PreparationSwon Tax Preparation
Thumbtack Customer
Fare rate to prepare my taxes. Was very responsive to any questions I had.
Vaca Tax and Financial GroupVaca Tax and Financial Group
Greg M.
We were looking for a new person to prepare our taxes since our former preparer has retired. We are very happy we came across Deb (DLD Bookkeeping). She went above and beyond in preparing our complicated tax situation in 2019. She's great! We can highly recommend her.
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
Kacy L.
Takeyla did a fantastic job working with me to prepare my taxes - she was both personable and professional, answering all of my questions with ease. I had never worked with a tax preparer before, but I am definitely going to stick with Takeyla moving forward.
KMT Accounting & Tax Services LLCKMT Accounting & Tax Services LLC
Courtney R.
Found a new tax preparer this year and will definitely use again. Excellent communication and quality work.
Epic Tax PrepEpic Tax Prep
Michael R.
We had been with our previous tax preparer for a number of years, but felt that a change was needed. We found David to be an engaging young man, with a thorough knowledge of all things taxes. We're glad we made the change and would highly recommend him.
Vaca Tax and Financial GroupVaca Tax and Financial Group
Bradley K.
Erik could not have made Taxes any easier. Quick to respond, easy to meet , friendly and professional. All nice bonuses for a well prepared return.
Alpha Financial ServicesAlpha Financial Services
Jarvis N.
By far the best tax preparer I’ve had. She’s a wizard at what she does. I will definitely be a returning customer. She’s truly amazing at what she does.
Top Notch Tax & Business ServiceTop Notch Tax & Business Service
Barb J.
Mr. Swon prepared my taxes. He is very efficient, knowledgeable, and answered all my questions. He is also friendly and nice. I would recommend him highly.
Swon Tax PreparationSwon Tax Preparation
Thumbtack Customer
I used professional tax preparation services because my tax situation was significantly more complex than previous years. Even though more complex, David was able to collect all pertinent information for research and completion without needing to meet personally. Thorough, efficient, and friendly on top of professional.
Vaca Tax and Financial GroupVaca Tax and Financial Group
Carlos A.
Working with John has been a great experience. Fees for his services were disclosed up front, tax preparation was quick and very responsive when reached out too. If requested, he will review your tax filing with you. I will gladly work with John again an his services are greatly recommended.
Swon Tax PreparationSwon Tax Preparation
Thumbtack Customer
Deb has been my tax preparer for three years now, since I found her on Thumbtack. She handled my taxes the year I had an easy, straightforward return and the years I had a nightmare mess of issues, no problems. I have total confidence in her and would recommend her to anyone. She's a great find!
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Great tax preparer, really knew what he was doing, he will be my new accountant from now on. Found me a bunch of savings. Really a nice guy didn't try to rush things and a reasonable rate
Vaca Tax and Financial GroupVaca Tax and Financial Group
Thumbtack Customer
Deb was great to work with. She fit me in on short notice (2 days before the tax filing deadline…on a Sunday afternoon), and was responsive by phone and email. She answered my questions, was professional, agreed to review my 2012 returns, and made a recommendation for a financial planner in her network. I'd definitely see her again for tax preparation in the future and recommend her to anyone else seeking this service in the Twin Cities!
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
Leland w.
Deb responded to my request for a tax preparer immediately, set up an appt, and then we went from there. We met in her home which was easily accessible to me and were able to complete and file easily so I highly recommend DLD.
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
Keith J.
Deb was helpfull,friendly,professional,and more than fair on price. Everything was put in order for me and she took the time to help me with all the questions I had. And there were a lot of them!! I found a new tax preparer, thank you Deb!
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
I had Alexis prepare my taxes in 2016, and I thought everything was great! She was very pleasant to work with and was quick to respond to my questions. I was happy. However, there were moments that made me question if she was the right fit for me. I ultimately switched over to a local CPA for my 2017 taxes. And that's when I realized that Alexis did an unsatisfactory job and didn't do her do diligence when preparing my taxes. My accountant and I discovered that she completely LEFT OUT my previous scheduled depreciation assets on my 2016 return, meaning I missed out on a few thousand dollars worth of tax write off! WOW! Really? I'm just baffled at the lack of attention to detail on the return. And who knows what else she missed. My current CPA has asked way more questions than she ever did and it seems like he's pointing out things I didn't take advantage of in 2016. I would find a professional CPA and not use Gallati Professional Services. Very, very disappointed.
Cerebral Tax AdvisorsCerebral Tax Advisors
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was fantastic in preparing my 2015 taxes. I had to file in multiple states, had both W2 and 1099 income, and several unusual situations. He we prompt, secured a much better return than I expected and his pricing was fair. I will certainly come to Joe again for future filing needs.
Starzyk CPA, LLCStarzyk CPA, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
She prepared my 2015 taxes and that went well. She told me to leave all my papers there and she would mail them to me along with my 2015 returns. I did not receive copies of my 2015 returns, and she lost my 2014 returns, all my 1099's, medical receipts, leaving me vulnerable to identity theft. "Thanks for referring me - not!"
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
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