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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.

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. 

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.  

Reviews for Washington Heights tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Lee did a great job with preparing our taxes for a fair price. He also provided tax advice and answered all of our multiple tax questions without charging extra. I would recommend Lee for personal and corporate tax and accounting services.
H. Lee Miller, CPA, CMAH. Lee Miller, CPA, CMA
Young-He R.
very happy and satisfied by her professionalism and expertise. She Will be my next year tax preparer.
A TaxLady Network LLC -  RaleighA TaxLady Network LLC - Raleigh
Thumbtack Customer
James was very reliable and efficient. He was very accommodating and flexible to meet and go over the different documents. The tax preparation was done in a timely manner at a very reasonable fee. We will surely ask him again to help us with our taxes next year!
Cox Accounting & Financial Services, Inc.Cox Accounting & Financial Services, Inc.
Derrick W.
Angela with HYGPJ was awesome! She is very knowledgeable about tax filing for Personal taxes and for business! She presents herself in a professional manner, responds to questions very quickly, she will contact you immediately if something needs to be explained, or if documents are unclear. Angela filed my business loss for me, which the previous tax preparer I've used for years, did not understand how to do! I Highly Recommend Angela with HYGPJ Financials!
HYGPJ FinancialsHYGPJ Financials
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Franek provided me with the exact tax preparation service for which I was looking: affordable, fast, and convenient. He and his assistant, Mr. Cole, were very quick to respond to my request on Thumbtack. I really appreciated how flexible Mr. Franek was with his schedule; I also appreciated Mr. Cole's follow-up with me as we had a lot of back-and-forth about scheduling and servicing. Overall, I had a very positive experience and found Mr. Franek's tax preparation of my 2013 tax return exceeded my expectations. His turn around time was impressive and way faster than I had imagined it could be! I look forward to working with Mr. Cole and Mr. Franek again.
Franek Tax ServicesFranek Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Joe Franek is the best CPA ever! I was very concerned with my upcoming tax return because I am on a private fellowship and the organization is not taking out any federal taxes. Additionally, I have to file in two separate states. Joe helped me to set up quarterly payments so that I do not have to pay penalties, and he educated me on all of the things that I can count as deductions. He is very knowledgeable about tax law in regard to postdoctoral fellowships, self employment, etc and has more years of experience than anyone else I came across. Don't waste your money going to national tax preparation companies; they will not take the time to get you the deductions you deserve (trust me, I know)! I have recommended Joe to all of my friends, many of which are first year faculty in the area. If you are worried about your upcoming tax return, don't panic, call Joe Franek!
Franek Tax ServicesFranek Tax Services
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