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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 Benbrook tax preparers
Nancy K.
I had a great experience. Mr. Jack was wonderful and had my taxes prepared in 48 hours and was very easy and pleasant to work with.
David C.
Contacted Thursday due to our regular preparer being out of town and Taxes were done by Saturday. Excellent service, answered all of our questions and have sound advice about our taxes going forward. We will definitely use this service again.
C&A Associates Inc/Cheshier Tax Resolution IncC&A Associates Inc/Cheshier Tax Resolution Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Tiffany prepared our 2015 tax returns. She was very easy to work with. Her schedule was flexible and therefore, she was able to see us quickly. Tiffany was prompt, professional and easy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her!
Accurate DFW Tax Solutions, LLCAccurate DFW Tax Solutions, LLC
M. S.
Tara was excellent. She was very professional and highly responsive. This has been the easiest and most stress-free tax preparation process I have ever had. The quality and value of the services I received were well worth the price. I would definitely recommend her, and I will continue to work with her in the future.
Taxes by TaraTaxes by Tara
Jonathan D.
Thank you guys so much for my tax preparation! You guys were in way over your head based on the information I provided, yet you still managed to cut me a fair deal and knock it out of the park in a weeks time. You were very easy to work with and very professional. Will definitely be working with you again!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
David B.
I am more than pleased - my best experience with a tax preparer. I had multiple years of unfiled returns, and Mr Fisher made things turn out much better than I expected. Knowledge is top-notch, advised me of practical things to do in the future, and corrected things I had been doing wrong. He responds within minutes to emails, personally answers all phone calls, and completes the work quickly. His online portal is excellent - simple to use, no unneeded fluff, very efficient. His fees were lower than what I expected, a pleasant surprise. He quotes a flat fee ahead of time and sticks with nickel-and-diming. Of particular importance to me was his being an Enrolled Agent, so he has access to the IRS that other preparers do not. Highly recommend and will have him do my taxes from now on.
Fisher Tax Solution IncFisher Tax Solution Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Randy Rial with Cornerstone Solutions is by far the best accountant I have worked with over the years. He is extremely knowledgeable about tax laws and changes. He is willing to research any issues that develop. He exhibits superior professionalism by returning phone calls, responding to emails, coordinating schedules, and meeting deadlines. He prepares and reviews his work before he delivers documents to insure a high level of accuracy. In addition to his competence and work ethic, Randy is a friendly person that shows he cares about you and your needs. I have worked with a number of other professionals (that I won't be returning to), and I would recommend Randy to anyone.
Cornerstone Solutions LLCCornerstone Solutions LLC
Joseph K.
I had a hard time giving this woman 1 star but she actually did the work she said she would. And I believe in rating people according to their work in addition to my experience. However, her customer service and follow through was AWFUL and she repeatedly put my in positions where I had to follow up with her rather than the other way around. I mean, it was so bad that she told me at least 3 times she would do things that did not get done until I called her 2 weeks after each time she told me she would do them. First, I handed her my paperwork a couple weeks before April 15th. Understandably so, she said she wouldn't be able to get to them until after the 15th and that she would file an amendment. Great!....but 2 weeks after the 15th I reach out to her and she's on vacation and completely forgot about my taxes. She came back in a week and said she'd get to them only to come back, forget them again and go on vacation, again. At this point I followed up with her 2 weeks after she told me she'd get to them to find she'd forgotten, again. So, after vacation number 2, she came back and I had to keep following up with her. She finally got them done and submitted telling me she would send me a copy of my taxes....which she didn't do. A couple weeks later, I followed up with her and she'd forgotten about them. So, she overnighted them to me. A nice gesture but after the hassle I'd been through with her it certainly wasn't adequate to wash out the bad taste of some of the worst customer service I've ever had, seriously. To make things worse, she didn't ask me important questions like which address I wanted my check sent to and it got sent to my old house in Jacksonville Florida that I no longer owned. Forget the fact that she took my checking info and it was supposed to be an electronic deposit. She casually offered a refund to me and I wanted the refund but just felt conflicted seeing how she did actually do the work. It was definitely, without question, the worst tax preparation experience I've ever had. I will never again request her service or recommend her to anyone else.
Accurate DFW Tax Solutions, LLCAccurate DFW Tax Solutions, LLC
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