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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 Philadelphia tax preparers
Ryan O.
Greg was very responsive, efficient, and responsibly priced in preparing my taxes for my wife and I. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tax preparer!
Gregory Scannapieco, CPAGregory Scannapieco, CPA
Jeff W.
Yearly income tax preparation. Excellent service. Thanks
Gregory Scannapieco, CPAGregory Scannapieco, CPA
Dawn F.
Eddia worked with me on my tax return. She was extremely intelligent, articulate, pleasant, and efficient. She filed my tax return very rapidly and yet managed to reduce the amount owed thanks to her knowledge of tax preparation and law. I will definitely be returning next year for my tax preparation needs. - D Fulsher
Apex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting ServicesApex Advisor Group: Tax and Accounting Services
Henry N.
Immediately responded to calls and texts. Extremely courteous and helpful with other tax issues. Efficient — quick tax preparation and filing. Appears to be knowledgeable about tax laws and extremely competent.
Gregory Scannapieco, CPAGregory Scannapieco, CPA
Matthew J.
Salvo tax service was excellent. Easy to use portal and preparer responded to questions quickly. Very professional service, offered insight to tax situation, and fair pricing for service.
Salvato Tax and AccountingSalvato Tax and Accounting
Quinton L.
Dana was so helpful in getting my taxes filed this year! Very responsive, almost always responded immediately or within a few hours. Worked very hard for me very quickly even on the weekend taxes were due and we were three hours apart! I definitely recommend for all your tax preparation needs.
Dana Marie Solutions LLCDana Marie Solutions LLC
Jodi G.
Elizabeth was highly communicative & thorough. She prepared my taxes quickly & efficiently, and clearly demonstrated her depth of knowledge in this field. Thank you!
Elizabeth Agravante, CPAElizabeth Agravante, CPA
Nick S.
Happy with the service. Took time to get to know me on personal level in order to better address my tax preparation needs. Looking forward to continuing service into the future.
Monique Brino Hellings, CPAMonique Brino Hellings, CPA
Ssu-Wei L.
I am in my second year of having my taxes prepared by Gregory. He is extremely professional, very responsive, and efficient. He answered any questions I had quickly. I highly recommend him.
Gregory Scannapieco, CPAGregory Scannapieco, CPA
Thumbtack Customer
Monique is friendly, professional, and responds in a timeline fashion to all communications. She is trustworthy as well: she made sure we spoke on the phone so that she could get a sense of my actual need before quoting a dollar value for her services. Afterwards, she followed up with a formal emailed quote for a reasonable price. She completed my tax preparation on-time and was very willing to answer any questions I had after I received my forms back from her. This is only my second time filing taxes and she was very patient and helpful when we spoke on the phone. I would recommend her!
Monique Brino Hellings, CPAMonique Brino Hellings, CPA
Svetlana M.
I enjoyed working with Roland who received all the forms and prepared the return within just two days (initially the estimate was four days). After he did it, he sent it via a secure email along with explanations what he did and why. He responded to my questions promptly and in detail. I recommend Lighthouse Financial Services to other people seeking a stress-free tax filing.
Lighthouse Financial ServicesLighthouse Financial Services
Jo J.
Jennifer was an absolute pleasure to work with. I sent a request for quote and she responded in a timely professional fashion. She walked me through the entire process and addressed my questions along the way. She was super knowledgeable on the forms I needed to submit due to my comp structure and helped me to prepare everything that I needed. I will certainly use her services in the future and would recommend her to anyone needing tax prep.
Godiva FinancialGodiva Financial
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