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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 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.

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.

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
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!
Ian S.
I recently hired Tim to handle my personal and small business taxes, he was quick to respond to all questions and was thorough with his evaluation of all the supporting documents I sent him. It was the smoothest tax preparation I've had. I highly recommend using him.
Tim Quinn, CPATim Quinn, CPA
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
Thumbtack Customer
I was impress with her knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile preparing a complex tax return. I was in very capable hands which made the process a lot less stressful.
Reassurance Financial ServicesReassurance Financial Services
Deborah H.
Federal and State taxes were effectively and efficiently prepared. I already have my refund. Kevin Matthews was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Beta Solutions CPA, LLCBeta Solutions CPA, 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.
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
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