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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.  

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.

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 Midtown West tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Tax preparation
Tax Genius Inc.Tax Genius Inc.
Kaela H.
I was very impressed with the organization and the detail of my tax preparation. Dan helped me with prior year taxes and getting them done quickly. I will be using him in the future!!
Affordable Accounting AssistanceAffordable Accounting Assistance
Thumbtack Customer
Atabu did a great job preparing my taxes and I was able to save significantly more than I would have originally preparing my own. He is very thorough and responsive.
Thumbtack Customer
I have never had such outstanding work done with my income tax before I asked Mr. Otobo to prepare them. John
Thumbtack Customer
Jay helped to prepare and submit my tax return within 24hrs of speaking to him. An excellent and efficient service, will definitely be using TaxGenius again
Tax Genius Inc.Tax Genius Inc.
Lilly C.
lilly from turbo tax went silent on me...... my tax preparation is half way.....i got a letter od penalty from irs.... She told me she will fix n take care but havent heard back from her
Turbo Business SolutionsTurbo Business Solutions
Ji S.
I enjoyed working with Joey. He replied to my messages promptly, was very flexible in scheduling time to connect over the phone. He is very knowledgeable and explains tax terms in simple terms. I would recommend Joey to anyone who's looking for tax advice/preparation and would like to work with him again.
J&J Tax AdvisorsJ&J Tax Advisors
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Atabu Otobo's tax preparation service was very satisfactory. He was courteous, professional, responsible and efficient with requisite attention to details. With time and experience, he definitely will attain further expertise in his chosen trade.
Thumbtack Customer
David prepared my personal tax return for 2015. He was extremely responsive and understood every subtle complication I had with my return. I am completely satisfied and would not hesitate to work with him again.
DM Accounting ServicesDM Accounting Services
Jacqueline H.
Jay was amazing as my tax preparer—knowledgable, quick, friendly, and professional. He even took my call in the evening after the office was closed and went out of his way to fit an appointment in during a busy week.
Tax Genius Inc.Tax Genius Inc.
Maleta A.
I found MRS Services using Thumbtack. I was a little skeptical using an online tax preparer. But after speaking with Andrea and Monica at MRA, their knowledge and expertise gave me the reassurance that I needed to feel confident about their work
MRA Services LLCMRA Services LLC
Alexis K.
For everyone who's considering her service, I strongly do not recommend it. I was hesitant to use the service when I noticed an one star review; however, I went with her and had a very negative experience. 1st issue: not keeping her words when sending a tax return at certain time - happened twice 2nd issue: she claimed that I owe tax this time. When I asked clarifying questions, she admitted her employee made a mistake. It is evident that she has an incapable employee and does not review their work. 3rd issue: no question/request for deduction around IRA contribution, and she could not define how much was "large" medical expense for me to request deduction. Ultimately, trust was something that was not possible in her service. I hope my review helps someone; and, please find another tax preparer who can do your tax return preparation correctly.
Annyeong Consulting IncAnnyeong Consulting Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Atabu was great. I was a little uncertain about this whole process and he made me feel comfortable. His expertise in tax preparation was exceptional. I look forward to working with Mr. Otobo for many years to come and highly recommend him.
Bob G.
Adam Short is spectacular! He has deep knowledge of the details of tax preparation, he responds to emails almost immediately, and he's endlessly patient with clients like me who are full of questions. He has very high standards, and doesn't take any short cuts - he makes sure that the tax filing will sail through IRS scrutiny by getting every detail in place. His fees are extremely reasonable; the costs are directly related to how simple or complicated the tax return will be. Overall, it was a total pleasure to work with Adam. I recommend him enthusiastically and without any reservation!
Short Financial GroupShort Financial Group
Lars Z.
My tax filings not only included two different jobs but also a scholarship component. Despite the complexity of my situation, Mr. Atabu was always on top of everything and had answer to all my questions. He was very knowledgeable, motivated, and always accessible. I would recommend Mr. Atabu to anyone looking for quality tax preparation for a very fair price. I know I will be using his services again next year.
Barbara L.
Best tax preparer I've worked with in years. Jimmy was a last-minute replacement for my mother's regular CPA who became ill. He did the job on time, and got her back all the money she was due. Thanks, Jimmy! See you next year.
Thumbtack Customer
My experience so far with Mr. Small has been excellent. He professionally prepared my 2014 return very timely and researched several issues with the IRS on my behalf. I would highly recommend his services to anyone with the easy to the most complex tax situations. Very responsive.
Personal Tax Solutions, LLCPersonal Tax Solutions, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Otobo did an outstanding job to prepare my income taxes for 2014. I'm a non-resident alien and totally underestimated what it means to file taxes in the U.S. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical in the beginning whether he will be able to help me, given I had two negative experiences with H&RBlock before due to my uncommon tax status. Though, Mr. Otobo was not only super flexible to accommodate my schedule and the very short deadline I had put myself in, he also was incredibly fast and proved that he knows the tax system in and out from the very first minute. He understood my foreign / dual-status tax situation immediately and answered all my questions without any need to look up information. While I mainly just wanted him to file my taxes on time to avoid fees and stop worrying about the situation, Mr. Otobo found countless additional deductions and increased the amount of refunds I got significantly. 11/10 will do it again.
Marc C.
I typically prepare and e-file my own tax return. Sadly, my father passed away last year and I quickly found myself in over my head. My family went from a straightforward federal and state return to one that included the final return of my father, assets distributed as part of a trust, assets that fell under a will, assets that fell outside of both, several tax IDs etc. Using Thumbtack, I found several tax professionals and received quotes from three. Atabu stood out for a number of reasons: • Flexibility – Atabu met me at my office during business hours, saving me a great deal of travel time. • Professionalism – Atabu was always on time and came prepared to each meeting. • Diligence – Again, this year’s return was really complex for me and I simply didn’t have the knowledge readily available. Atabu brings that all to the table and waded through several options to minimize estate taxes and maximize my return. • Availability – Atabu and I communicated via email and text, he was always available. If you’re looking for an experienced professional to guide you through a turbulent return, look no further.
Sumant A.
Marie handled 2 of my returns including a late filing from a previous year. She was super responsive and handled all my questions quickly and professionally. Both returns were completed in record time for a very reasonable price too! I highly recommend Marie for tax preparation services and will hire her again next year.
Marie Saliba Tax and Accounting ServicesMarie Saliba Tax and Accounting Services
Charles V.
I needed a new CPA after my previous preparer died at age 86 and with whom I’d had a 26 year long relationship. Discovering Ahad in my area, I found him to be not only professional, unassuming and sharp, but also understanding and kind. My taxes were done properly, promptly and liabilities inherent in my corporate and personal situations put to rest. I highly recommend him.
Ahad&Co CPA’sAhad&Co CPA’s
Thumbtack Customer
Such a great experience! Ive never had my taxes prepared by someone else before, so I was very hesitant, but upon completion, I was ecstatic at the ease and professionalism in this case. I reached out to him on Tuesday, and my taxes were totally finished by Friday- He worked around my crazy schedule and met with me twice during the week, asking tons of questions to ensure I got the most deductions possible. As a model, I had tons of 1099s and other random forms that I was stressed over, but he made the process a breeze! And his rate is so worth it for the amazing service you'll receive. Id recommend him to anyone!!
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