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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.

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.

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 Buffalo tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Tax preparation for 2015
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Cindy Y.
Fast and efficient tax preparation.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Howard M.
Tax preparer was efficient and took care of me while I waited. He was knowledgable, answered all tax questions, I thought his fee was reasonable
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Thumbtack Customer
it's was a very good first meeting. Darren has a clear understanding of what it means to be a tax accountant/preparer.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Thumbtack Customer
Prepared last year's income tax. Fast, knowledgeable and open to answering all my questions. Able to view return on big screen. Very personable. Nice office. No complaints. Price affordable and as discussed. Will be going back in a couple months for 2016 preparation and referring others.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Dowdell was extremely attentive and pleasant to work with. He took the time to explain my tax refund, which has never happened with any other tax preparation service provider that i have worked with in past years. His prices are outstanding, with amazing service. I would recommend him to everyone.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - Southtowns OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - Southtowns Office
Thumbtack Customer
Taxes were prepared and filed within a year for this year as well as one that I needed done from the previous year. Walked me through all the forms and showed me how exactly I should pay what I owed.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Walter H.
Darren was able to schedule an appointment with me last minute and was very flexible with appointment changes due to last minute conflicts. His service was excellent and he was able to obtain a maximum return for me for a very fair and reasonable price. I plan on returning to Darren in the future for all my tax preparation needs.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
Thumbtack Customer
Darren was great. Professional, Courteous and flexible to accommodate my wacky schedule. Super convenient location in the city. (The one review who stated parking was hard... please... it's the city. Consequently, I found parking less than a block away the three times I stopped by) Darren was thorough and quick in getting my taxes prepared and filed. I would recommend him 100% and will be using him next year as well.
Acade Tax Services, LLC - City OfficeAcade Tax Services, LLC - City Office
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