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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Houston tax preparers
Anna S.
Great service (tax preparation) at the reasonable price.
Amya Tax ServicesAmya Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Mac was great, made me feel at ease with Tax preparation!! He will be our tax guy from now on!!
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
John N.
Would highly recommend Jonathan for tax preparation services.
Jonathan Wyman, CPA, LLCJonathan Wyman, CPA, LLC
Allan N.
Best experience in 53 years of yearly tax preparations.
Tax And Business Solutions  MBA,EATax And Business Solutions MBA,EA
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Charlene Dixon to prepare my taxes. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to tax laws. She was also very efficient and and through. As well as affordable. I will be using her services again I recommend her services for tax preparation.
Charlene Dixon - Tax ProfessionalCharlene Dixon - Tax Professional
Steven S.
Service prepared my 2016 tax returns quickly and efficiently
Tax And Business Solutions  MBA,EATax And Business Solutions MBA,EA
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with the Amya Tax service was excellent straight to the point and I am confident in my tax preparation. The price I feel is fair and I will use this service going forward.
Amya Tax ServicesAmya Tax Services
John R.
Dylan, was very helpful and is very knowledgeable. He did everything anyone could have asked and more in preparing our 2016 taxes. He went above and beyond to help us and is very good at what does. We sincerely appreciate his effort and would recommend him to anyone who needs advice or help in tax law and tax preparation. Thank you Dylan!
Greenway Tax AdvisorsGreenway Tax Advisors
Deon E.
Yolanda was AMAZING! She was very fast in responding to my inquiry and preparing my taxes for me! I would definitely recommend!
Shaw Tax & Financial Services, LLCShaw Tax & Financial Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
He is very knowledgeable about tax preparation. He was able to explain everything that he was doing. He also has the best prices. I would recommend him to everyone I know who needs help on their taxes.
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
Thumbtack Customer
I used Mr. Reed for both business and personal tax preparation this year. He was very punctual and was able to save me money for the first time since opening my business 3 years ago! I HIGHLY recommend him for tax prep.
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
Holly F.
I contacted Jessie about doing my taxes and she immediately got back to me. She did not ask me to fill out a long questionnaire as others had requested. I uploaded my tax documents and she prepared and filed my return within 2 days. She answered all my questions with patience and professionalism. She was extremely knowledgeable and always prompt in answering my messages. She even went above and beyond by answering some current year tax questions after my return had been filed. I will definitely have Jessie prepare my taxes going forward.
Jessie Dong CPA LLCJessie Dong CPA LLC
Michelle T. H.
Looking for a tax preparer in my line of work is very difficult, as you want somone who knows and understands your expectations across the board (tax laws etc)...&...Trevor was that person! Upon hiring Tax Express I focused on the past client feed back prior to making my decision to move forward in working with them and I am NOW proud to be able add to the positive feedback! Thanks TAX EXPRESS for making filing my taxes this year streamline.... we look forward to a working relationship moving forward!
Clark Tax & AccountingClark Tax & Accounting
Scott F.
Charlene did an excellent job preparing our taxes. She was diligent in exploring all possible deductions. She was flexible with her schedule in order to meet our needs.
Charlene Dixon - Tax ProfessionalCharlene Dixon - Tax Professional
Akbar A.
Mr Setlur prepared my personal and business tax returns. He did respond to my request on Thumbtack quickly. He is very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job with filing of my tax returns. He pointed out a deduction that my prior years CPA did not realize. I recommend him highly with no reservation.
Naresh Setlur CPA, CGMANaresh Setlur CPA, CGMA
Thumbtack Customer
Nasir was very courteous, polite, friendly and knowledgeable. He exceeded my expectations about tax preparation and I will use his services again and highly recommend his services. A very pleasant experience.
Amya Tax ServicesAmya Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Randall was very prompt in preparing my returns and always answered any questions I had. He helped me understand my slightly complicated tax situation more thoroughly. Would recommend!
Next AdvisorsNext Advisors
Justin G.
Jonathan was extremely professional and responsive while doing our taxes. He was also very good at keeping my wife and I on target through the whole process. Finally, Jonathan not only helped us with this year's taxes, but gave us advice on how to be better prepared for next year. I would highly recommend the services of Jonathan Wyman.
Jonathan Wyman, CPA, LLCJonathan Wyman, CPA, LLC
Beatriz Q.
Great service, she explained the whole process in a friendly professional manner, did excellent job. We plan on coming back to her from now on for sure! Reasonable price. Plus I highly recommend her services! *She prepared our 1099s, and will be doing our LLC + prepare our Business & Personal 2017 taxes*.
M. Morales, CPA PLLCM. Morales, CPA PLLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jonathan was excellent in preparing tax return. He was also flexible on where to meet especially that i don't have a car. He was very considerate. He was quick on doing his job. I definitely recommend him.
Jonathan Wyman, CPA, LLCJonathan Wyman, CPA, LLC
Jacquie G.
Jonathan spent a lot of time with me on the phone, text, and email answering every question I had. He is extremely knowledgeable and understanding. He prepared and filed my taxes and I didn't have to do much of anything.
Jonathan Wyman, CPA, LLCJonathan Wyman, CPA, LLC
Dayo N.
This was the most professional service I have ever received from a tax preparer. She guided me through my return and explained everything in detail. She also went through great lengths to legally maximize my returns.
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Reed! Awesome customer service! Consummate professional! Knowledgeable! I had been searching for a great tax professional for my small business and one I felt comfortable with and trusted. Mac was very responsive in his communications for setting up a consultation. He took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns that I had about the business and the tax preparation process. Not only did I find a tax professional, I found THE tax professional to whom I will continue to do business with for years, and years to come. I highly recommend Mac Reed and his team!
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
Thumbtack Customer
I had my personal income taxes prepared by Mr. Reed, and the process was seamless. I wasn't really expecting a return, but he delivered! He is very knowledgeable, professional, and personable. I will definitely be a continual client. Thanks Mac Reed & Associates.
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
Ahone N.
Thank you Jonathan for your great service. Punctual and extremely professional. He did an excellent job preparing my 2017 taxes. I had a few complications because of an amendment in 2016 but he worked his magic and I am grateful. Thank you.
Jonathan Wyman, CPA, LLCJonathan Wyman, CPA, LLC
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