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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.  

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.

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. 

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

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 Austin tax preparers
Nadina S.
Before Anthony, I used to do my taxes on my own. I would go through the anticipatory anxiety of tax season, and then have to become an expert in tax preparation. I wish I knew about Anthony years ago! He not only prepared my taxes, but was very professional throughout the entire process, easy to communicate with, and couldn’t have made tax filing any easier. I’ll be going to him to prepare my taxes in the future. 10/10 for sure!
Anthony DeGiulio, CPAAnthony DeGiulio, CPA
Tonya Y.
I like how he shared tips on how to prepare for our taxes in the future
Julian Rodriguez & AssociatesJulian Rodriguez & Associates
Sonya T.
After several years of preparing straightforward tax returns ourselves, we realized that we needed professional help this year to handle more complicated aspects of our 2019 return. Mel, with IRS Tax Solutions, eliminated the stress and confusion of preparing our taxes and gave us helpful advice for reducing our tax liability in the future. The service we received was efficient and professional and it's reassuring to know that we'll have year round support for tax guidance and defense in the event of an audit. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the IRS Tax Solutions team.
IRS Tax Solutions (Austin, TX)IRS Tax Solutions (Austin, TX)
David W.
Really enjoyed working with Mel and plan to have him prepare our tax return next year!
IRS Tax Solutions (Austin, TX)IRS Tax Solutions (Austin, TX)
Thumbtack Customer
Very timely with communication. Great turnaround time on tax preparation. Would certainly refer to others and use again.
Marco Flores CPAMarco Flores CPA
Ajay W.
Lila is excellent at tax preparation. She knew all of the laws associated with our return, and helped me make adjustments to our tax configurations for the future. I’m so glad we contacted her, and are looking forward to working with her again next year!
Lila R. Ramos, EA LLCLila R. Ramos, EA LLC
Natasha E.
I highly recommend working with Lila; she was excellent! She responded to all of my questions via Thumbtack very quickly and was super professional and friendly when I visited her in her home office in San Marcos. She quickly prepared my taxes and was helpful in giving advice for next tax season. We will definitely be using her services again!
Lila R. Ramos, EA LLCLila R. Ramos, EA LLC
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