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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 Kettering tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Tax preparation and filing. Mr. Winters was knowledgeable and thorough. Very professional and personable. Will hire next tax season.
Next Steps Financial Planning, LLCNext Steps Financial Planning, LLC
James J.
Mary was very professional and courteous. She understands the importance of correct tax preparation. Fast and efficient.
M J Popp, Accounting & Income Tax PreparationM J Popp, Accounting & Income Tax Preparation
Donna D.
We felt like we had complex taxes this year and didn't want to do ourselves. After talking to Mary over the phone we were confident she could handle our taxes. Mary is absolutely AMAZING!!! Mary's communication with us was impeccable. We ended up owing federal taxes, however, we are confident that we are paying the least amount. We met her to drop off and discuss our taxes and then picked up our completed federal and state the very next day. Our intent is to continue to use her to prepare our taxes for future years. Totally stress free. Her fee for preparation was exceptionally reasonable.
M J Popp, Accounting & Income Tax PreparationM J Popp, Accounting & Income Tax Preparation
Anthony B.
Kathy was prompt, and made me feel at ease while preparing my taxes. She explained things simply and made them easy to understand. I highly recommend her!
Nash Financial Solutions, LLCNash Financial Solutions, LLC
Anita G.
We were searching for tax preparers for our non-profit youth sports organization, and Kole responded to the request I posted on Thumbtack. He was responsive, provide valid information quickly.....and outside of business hours. He was professional, polite, and friendly. While our board has opted to use a local provider, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend people contact Kole for their needs. He was a pleasure to deal with throughout our brief encounter.
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