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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Squirrel Hill 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
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
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
Shevon B.
Christina is wonderful to work with. She was able to help my quickly understand the tax implications of a job offer and better equipped me to structure the best compensation package. I will certainly use her to prepare my family’s 2019 taxes. Hire Christina! You won’t be disappointed!
Christina Sharkey, CPA, EAChristina Sharkey, CPA, EA
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
Mary E.
Frank arrived for the appointment on time! He asked me some questions regarding my taxes. As he started placing information in the computer, I asked a few questions, too. He answered them for me patiently. I would say that he was very helpful..... and well versed on preparing the taxes. Would I hire him again??? Yes!!!
Frank Celona, CPAFrank Celona, 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
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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