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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.  

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a tax preparer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a tax preparer near you, ask if the tax preparation can be handled remotely. Most accounting firms and tax preparers may be willing to offer this. Before you hire a tax preparer, contact them and ask about their procedure for working virtually. 

How can I find out if a tax preparer os considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out which services are deemed essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city and look for information about essential services.

For information on a national level, visit CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Reviews for Ballantyne tax preparers
Lea W.
I would recommend Clay Blue as a CPA; he assisted us this year with our tax preparation. Mr. Blue was quick to respond to my emails, and prepared our tax return in a short amount of time.
W. Clay Blue, Jr., CPAW. Clay Blue, Jr., CPA
Mark T.
Received a quick consultation to prepare for next year taxes. Very knowledgeable regarding real estate and maximizing tax breaks with depreciation and other items. Will definitely be in touch next year.
Simple Tax CPASimple Tax CPA
Nick I.
Clay prepared our taxes for the 2016 tax season. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of tax and financial planning. We liked his patience, timeliness and his professionalism. We plan on using him in the future, and will certainly use again in 2017.
W. Clay Blue, Jr., CPAW. Clay Blue, Jr., CPA
Wanda L.
Are you Looking for a tax preparer; then I highly recommend Ms. Harrell. She is very professional but still personable; she stayed in contact with us and our taxes were done timely; I will be using her in the future..
K Harrell's Financial Services, IncK Harrell's Financial Services, Inc
Portia Y.
Working with Carolyn was a pleasure. She was detail oriented, highly professional and skilled. She explained tax laws and options. I would definitely recommend hiring Woodson-Clarke for tax preparation. I will use her services again.
Woodson-Clarke, PLLCWoodson-Clarke, PLLC
Anthony B.
Easiest tax preparation I ever had done. Very welcoming and easy to talk to, good energy. Will do busy again in the future.
HYGPJ FinancialsHYGPJ Financials
Kate M.
From response time to FaceTime interview- Austin was professional. Prepared and filed my taxes quickly and efficiently. Will refer all my friends and family
Jackson Tax ServiceJackson Tax Service
Keith S.
Angela far exceeded our expectations and provided us with a very pleasurable experience! She is very personable and well versed in tax preparation. Kept us informed of our tax situation, gave solid advice towards a solution for current and future filings. I highly recommend her services and we will definitely be returning. Thanks, Angela for your hard work!
HYGPJ FinancialsHYGPJ Financials
Bianca H.
I highly recommend working with Shelvin for all of your tax advising/preparation needs. I really appreciate that he provides a checklist of what documents to gather and a secure online portal to send those documents/receipts. He filed my taxes relatively quickly and advised me of some additional measures I can take for the next tax filing season. Shelvin provided thorough responses over text and email. We barely had to talk on the phone, which makes my life much easier as a busy, working professional. I believe that Shelvin maximized my refund in comparison to what I could do on my own.
Professional Accounting & Tax Consulting, Inc.Professional Accounting & Tax Consulting, Inc.
Brent C.
Working with Speed Group, LLC was convenient and thorough. Tyran answered all my questions, and he communicated with professionalism and ease. Tyran possesses a wealth of knowledge in taxation and accounting laws. My tax preparation was completed accurately and in a timely manner. I would definitely be utilizing his services going forward.
Tyran Speed, CPATyran Speed, CPA
Troy R.
Edin was very responsive and punctual. We planned on meeting after 5pm on a Friday, however, he accommodated last minute to meet me around 3pm. Process was very easy and stress-free. Gave me great tips to prepare for tax filing throughout the year. Would recommend to friends and family 10/10 times and will be filing with him next year. Thanks, Edin!
Maximum Accounting and Tax ServicesMaximum Accounting and Tax Services
Andre B.
If you are looking for a true professional with the knowledge and background to answer your questions about your business, rentals, etc to prepare your taxes, then choose Mr. Jay Barr. Jay is a Licensed CPA, who understands the law and accounting practices to help you get the best return possible. I really liked that he has a secure web site to transfer all confidential documents for review. Top notch service. Thanks Jay and look forward to working with you again.
Barr Law Firm LLCBarr Law Firm LLC
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