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Stephenson Tax Services
from 16 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
April A.
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I had been audited and the IRS said I owed them money. I was so stressed about it that I needed a professional. Stephenson Tax Services was so knowledgeable and good at what they do, he figured out that the IRS actually owed ME money! It was such a relief to get that resolved. Highly recommend Stephenson Tax Services!

LLD Business Consulting LLC
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Susan W.
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Lisa has prepared my federal and state income tax returns for the past several years. Her work has always been thorough, and timely. I was very pleased with her pertinent questions and follow-up to tax issues that other professionals in the past (H&R Block) never addressed. Her answers to my questions have always been in language I can understand and are very helpful. I am very pleased with her work, and hope she continues in her role as my CPA.

Tax Assistance Group

New To Thumbtack

  • 18 years in business

Tax Assistance Group is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and comprised of experts in their respective fields in the tax industry. Our group of licensed tax professionals, enrolled agents, and certified public accountants provide taxpayers like you the essential resources needed to organize a solid case with the IRS. With a personal tax team by your side, you can rest assured that you have representation that will negotiate with the IRS to produce an affordable resolution.


I am a locally owned and operated accounting, tax and business service provider. I have been in this field for 20 years. I provide quality professional services and low prices. I can help in just about every area.

Tax Advocates, LLC

New To Thumbtack

  • 13 years in business

We are a full-service tax and accounting firm representing clients throughout the United States. We file tax returns and tax appeals and provide tax resolution services. Other services include payroll services, accounting, and bookkeeping. One specialty area for our firm is property tax appeals nationwide for commercial, residential, and industrial property owners. Our fee is contingent upon your successful appeal result.

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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.

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.  

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