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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 Cary tax preparers
Annette M.
I am extremely satisfied with Mr. Greyling’s tax preparation service. He was very knowledgeable, professional and very easy to communicate with. Taxes are a difficult subject but he made it a much less stressful experience and definitely did a great job for me. I highly recommend his services and plan on using him for the years to come.
Philip GreylingPhilip Greyling
Monica C.
Karen with Double Tax 100% is simply awesome. There is no other word to adequately describe the work she has done. I had five years of taxes...four years of back taxes...to prepare and file. Karen went above and beyond what I expected. She was very responsive. I have a tight schedule and she worked around my schedule to make sure she stayed in contact with me every step of the way. I was feeling very burdened about the back taxes and she put me at ease. She simply worked a miracle. I plan to use her every year going forward. I’ve not worked with someone with such dedication and passion. HIRE HER, especially if you are a late filer or have an issue with back taxes.
DOUBLE TAX 100% & ACCOUNTING FIRM, IncDOUBLE TAX 100% & ACCOUNTING FIRM, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Joe Franek saved me 36% on my tax preparation fees this year alone. He meets you to pick up your forms and any questions you might have and then it's as easy as picking up your finalized return. I look forward to working with him for many years.
Franek Tax ServicesFranek Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
We moved to NC from NY state at the beginning of the year and needed to find a new tax preparer. Laurie spent time to talk through the details of our return and multiple forms. I like that I can trust we'll have one person working on our taxes from start to finish. She made an effort to get to know me, and made the whole process quite enjoyable. She cares about what she's doing; she's good at it, and it shows. Her price is very reasonable. She's very buttoned up and professional but also personable. I appreciated getting to know her and found her very reliable. She answered my questions, met our agreed deadlines, and even welcomed my preschoolers in her office when they needed to be with me at one of our appointments. We plan to use Laurie again next year!
Laurie Strange Tax & Business ConsultingLaurie Strange Tax & Business Consulting
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