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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 West Saint Paul tax preparers
Kara T.
Excellent to work with. Convenient easy tax preparation, and a quality job!
TaxhubTaxhub
Suzie L.
Erik Sutcliffe is an extremely professional and efficient tax preparer. I moved from another state partway through the year 2020 and he was able to handle that situation effortlessly. My daughter also had a complicated tax situation and he was able to assist us and file both of our taxes in a timely manner. I was relieved to find someone I was comfortable with and felt was a trustworthy tax preparer after just moving to the area.
Alpha Financial ServicesAlpha Financial Services
Amanda K.
Maggie was very thorough with our tax preparation. She listened to our needs and helped ask us questions to ensure we were getting everything we needed from our session. She was very professional and understanding. With our taxes feeling very complicated prior to walking in the door she made them quick and an easy process. Would definitely recommend.
Gruber Accounting & TaxGruber Accounting & Tax
Adrianne C.
Stephane was great to work with and incredibly professional. He noticed that the tax preparation I had wanted him to do was not the correct path. He helped guide me to figure out the next steps which turned out to not require his services after all--at least for now! I am very appreciative that he caught the error and prevented me from further complicating my tax situation. If I need assistance with taxes in the future I would not hesitate to work with him again.
Apex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting ServicesApex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting Services
Anna B.
Deb helped us prepare taxes for both my husband`s business and our personal taxes. There is many great things I can tell about Deb as a professional or a human being, but what is outstanding about working with her as opposed to other accountants we met in the past, is that she wants her clients to understand taxes, she asks questions, help people understand where are the numbers coming from and make best choices planing for the future. I would recommend her to everybody seeking any accounting help! Ania B
DLD Bookkeeping SolutionsDLD Bookkeeping Solutions
James S.
John responded to my initial inquiry almost immediately and was very responsive to my questions and concerns. He got me in for a consultation the next day and was quick about preparing our taxes (which are complicated) and was awesome t explaining some things that we had questions about. Will be using him again.
Swon Tax PreparationSwon Tax Preparation
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