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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.

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.

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 Arlington tax preparers
Angela L.
Kevin went above and beyond when preparing my taxes. He had plenty of available appointments and thoroughly explained my taxes before submitting.
Wright's Tax GarageWright's Tax Garage
Thumbtack Customer
Jofi was extremely communicative and helpful during our tax preparation this year. He offered valuable insights into our particular tax situation that will help us in the coming years. He was extremely prompt, professional, and friendly. I would highly recommend him for your tax returns!
Jofi Joseph CPA Tax ServicesJofi Joseph CPA Tax Services
Michael K.
Ramy is amazing and really worked hard and found every helpful item he could for my tax issues. He researched and found a $10,000 mistake in my paperwork! Wow! This is exactly what you’d want from your tax preparer! High recommendation!
Dr. N.
I am new to the DMV area and normally prepare my own taxes. This year I chose to have a professional file for me and chose Tax Geeks. My experience with Tax Geeks was quick, easy, and smooth. Rose answered all of my questions promptly and had my taxes filled out and filed within a few days. The turnaround time and open communication were amazing. I use Tax Geeks for all of my financial needs in the future. I highly recommend!!!
Tax GeaksTax Geaks
Nicole E.
Things started out well enough, but Brian became increasingly unresponsive as our work together dragged on and on. After he prepared my business taxes (which I'm not 100% sure were filed... keep reading,) I accepted his offer for him to prepare and file my personal taxes. After 2 months of no communication, he finally prepared them (in July) once I asked for a refund. When I asked for confirmation that the taxes were filed, he disappeared again and stopped responding to my emails. Today, I called the IRS to set up a payment arrangement and they tell me they haven't received our 2016 tax filing. I am so annoyed by this whole process. Getting him to do the job I hired him for was like pulling teeth and he didn't even finish the work by submitting the tax return. Unbelievable and his unwillingness to communicate with me is completely unacceptable and unprofessional.
Virtual Tax AdvisorsVirtual Tax Advisors
Marouf A.
These guys did my tax 2 years ago and I’m still getting audited. They are probably the worst in terms of communication. It’s very hard to talk to the tax preparer. Please do yourself a favor and pick someone who you can talk to and can get in touch promptly. This guy was MIA for like 4 weeks…
Scott & Phillips Tax and Accounting, LLCScott & Phillips Tax and Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Lakshmi was great. I had her prepare taxes for VA and Puerto Rico. I got money back! She was flexible when we met. We even met in Sat. I highly recommend Lakshmi.
Money Equations Inc.Money Equations Inc.
Stephen B.
We engaged with RBS Accounting Solutions to prepare our taxes and could not have been more impressed. The team was attentive, professional and responsive throughout the process. They made it clear and easy to submit the necessary paperwork and followed up with steps to complete after as well. We look forward to continuing to work with the team in future years and will most likely be using them for tax planning as well given the positive experience. Highly recommended!
RBS Accounting Solutions LLCRBS Accounting Solutions LLC
Jeff E.
Kevin did a great job preparing my and my wife’s taxes, and at a great price! I would very much recommend him to anyone, including those with multiple income streams like us. I’ll definitely be back next year. Five stars!
Shetland  Financial, LLCShetland Financial, LLC
Jill W.
I found The Bridge CPAs while searching for tax preparers after a negative experience with Turbo Tax. I was impressed with their reviews and decided to work with this company. Staff were very responsive via email and phone. I worked with Nega Teshome who offered to work with me in person. Nega was so kind, helpful, professional, and he answered all of my questions. I had my taxes filed in less than 45 minutes after walking into his office. He registered me for their online portal and I will be using the platform to file my documents electronically next year. I feel confident that I am in good hands and look forward to doing my taxes with The Bridge CPAs in the future.
The Bridge CPAs, LLCThe Bridge CPAs, LLC
Meagan L.
I have been preparing my taxes via Turbo Tax / H&R Block for years. I finally decided to break down and get a CPA to help this year. I turned to Nega via this app and he was very professional and knowledgeable. Nega helped me find the deductions which I didn't even know existed. My skepticism lead me to still do my taxes on H&R Block to back him up. I was amazed at the difference a CPA professional can make. Nega was able to triple the returns I would have received had I gone through the H&R online software on my own. Thanks so much for all the assistance and looking forward to being a return customer.
The Bridge CPAs, LLCThe Bridge CPAs, LLC
Allison S.
From the very start, Jofi was terrific to work with! My husband and I were navigating a tricky tax situation, and we decided it was best to work with a professional. We reached out to Jofi based on his solid reviews, and he replied right away and set up a call the very next day to meet us and learn more about our situation. He answered all of our questions along the way with a level of professionalism that put us at ease. Jofi made it simple - we sent our documents over via secure portal and Jofi prepared our returns quickly and accurately, and he filed them for us. I would definitely recommend you work with Jofi if you are looking for prompt, professional services - and to maximize your tax refund!
Jofi Joseph CPA Tax ServicesJofi Joseph CPA Tax Services
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