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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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 Pittsburgh tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
Very knowledgeable, efficient and timely. I can't wait til tax time next year for Mark to prepare my taxes for me. Very affordable!!
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend using Mark for your tax preparation needs. He prepared 5 years of taxes for us and was very thorough. Came to our house and took care of it in an afternoon. Look forward to working with Mark in the future and utilizing more of his services.
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Michael M.
Mark is a very professional person. he was very knowledgeable with income tax preparations and made aware of all aspects of my current taxes. I strongly recommend Mark and will continue to have services
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Ashley S.
John was great! He made preparing our complicated taxes a breeze! Such a huge stress relief! He even came to our house!!!
John CraigJohn Craig
Kenny B.
Good Steward Accounting was a pleasure to work with. My tax preparer was on time for our meeting, knowledgeable about my tax situation and most importantly friendly and easy to talk to. I highly recommend this company for any of your accounting needs.
Good Steward AccountingGood Steward Accounting
Greg S.
John was friendly and professional. Office was a little hard to find. He is more than fair with pricing. His total for our tax prep was less than quoted. Now seriously when does this ever happen. He is our GO TO Tax Preparer for the future.
John CraigJohn Craig
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was quick to contact me and schedule an appointment to prepare my taxes. He met me at my house and was on time and professional. I would highly recommend Mark's services.
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Toni T.
John prepared tax forms for city, 2 states and federal in a short time very professionally, with all information for this year’s estimated payments. His fee was very reasonable, too. I will use him next year.
John CraigJohn Craig
Jackie B.
Mark was great to work with. He responded quickly to our questions and met with us as soon as we had all of our documents in order. He took his time to walk through our return with us to ensure that he got all of the information he needed and to help us better understand our own return. We have worked with other tax preparers before but none were as thorough or helpful as Mark. After all of these years, I think we finally found a tax preparer we will look forward to working with for many years to come.
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Ernest V.
Mark came to our home and was friendly, professional, and efficient. He fully explained the tax preparation and was able to answer all of our questions. The experience was top shelf. Being a first-time user of the Thumbtack service I am extremely pleased!
MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.MJ Mortgage & Tax Services Inc.
Kathy S.
This was the best experience ever. John Craig was extremely knowledgeable about taxes. I had gone to H&R Block a week earlier and my financial advisor informed me that they didn't fill my tax forms out correctly. Thank goodness I hadn't payed them yet. That's when I searched Google for a tax preparer and found thumbtack, and that lead me to john Craig. Please do not hesitate in having him do your taxes. He is also a financial planner, an investor and a retirement planner. I will definitely go back to him. Thank you John! Kathy. Another added benefit is that he comes to your house
John CraigJohn Craig
Justin M.
Randy was incredibly easy to work with and professional throughout the engagement. After a few emails to establish my needs, I was able to upload my tax documents. Randy quickly processed the information and prepared my returns. I'm extremely pleased with the service provided by Cornerstone Solutions
Cornerstone Solutions LLCCornerstone Solutions LLC
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