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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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Reviews for Renton tax preparers
Sarah S.
Curtis is great! Not only has he helped me by preparing my tax returns for both my small business and personal returns in a very timely manner, he also has helped me with accounting and I will probably have him as my bookeeper/accountant from now on.
Statewide Tax Services, Inc.Statewide Tax Services, Inc.
Mary M.
Abbey has been great so far from the first initial conversation via email to our first zoom meeting. Very personable and shows she cares about the well being of my business and very well educated and guides you through every step. I highly recommend Abbey. I will be using her Tax preparation services from here on and also having her better educate me on how to run my Quickbooks/Bookkeeping. -Mary M.
Lucenti | Accounting - BookkeepingLucenti | Accounting - Bookkeeping
Andrew L.
[UPDATED REVIEW 3/2021:] After over 6 months from my original post, Mark's amended return came back riddled with errors and was rejected by the IRS which has put me in jeopardy of appealing to tax court. I am now in a position where I need to hire another tax professional to resolve my IRS issue and AUDIT Mark's amended return. I've lost complete confidence in Mark's ability to resolve my issue who has failed numerous times to complete the proper due diligence and has avoided providing any explanation. On a call with the IRS, Mark fumbled to justify what he put on my tax forms. Afterward, he blamed the inaccuracies on his tax software (Taxslayer). Worst of all, he pushed a revised return that misreported my IRA distribution (verified by my current tax preparer) to which he stated he was "100% confident" it was correct. I felt extremely uncomfortable as a client having to research tax forms and provide explanation as to why the amounts needed to be changed. Attempting to save face, I received multiple revised versions which he called "alternative" or equivalent filings that were materially different; one stating a $3K refund and one stating a $1K refund. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ALTERNATIVE FILING - ONLY CORRECT AND INCORRECT. Still, these revisions input the wrong cost basis to my distributions which could easily be verified on my forms. This lack of attention to detail was the last straw, I simply could not risk putting forth another failed return. Receiving a letter from the IRS was one of the most stressful situations of my life and I sincerely regret trusting Mark who over sold his abilities, rushed to patch-up old mistakes and pushed upon me sloppy work intended to brush me away, leaving me to rehire and repeat this entire process elsewhere. Beware of the Tax "Genius", He doesn't deserve your business. Original: 8/2020 I reached out to Mark after receiving a letter from the IRS which stated a tax debt of over 15k dollars. Mark is a true professional who took the time to hear my concerns, walk through my situation and educate throughout the process. I never felt rushed with my questions, which given the seriousness of my situation, was exactly the level of engagement I needed to feel comfortable in knowing my problem was being handled. After a couple of phone calls over the week, one including the IRS, Mark not only completed all the paperwork of amending my return but turned a 15k tax debt I potentially owed into a $100 refund. The outcome was better than I ever expected and hiring Mark was money well spent. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for excellent service.
Tax GeniusTax Genius
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1776 Tax Prep helped me with my personal income tax declaration which was already overdue (my fault!) because I live outside the country and was not sure what my responsibilities were. It was fantastic that I could do this all remotely. After selecting their services, Richard assigned my case to a colleague in another office that specializes in foreign earned income (which was one of my requirements) and I was able to speak on the phone to explain the general situation and determine what information I needed to send. The preparer who helped me, Mark, was very helpful and knowledgeable and once he had the information, the turnaround was very quick. Overall it was fantastic service. I just had two minor concerns. Taxes require significantly sensitive information (address, SSN, DOB, etc.) and as I am living in another country I had to e-mail them. As a general rule, I am most comfortable e-mailing to a business e-mail address, not someone's gmail account, but you do what you need to do. What made me a little uncomfortable was that I e-mailed that sensitive data to Mark immediately after our phone call and requested that he respond ASAP to confirm he received it so I knew the information was in the right hands. I did not get a quick response on that so I had to have Richard follow-up to get Mark to respond to my e-mail. But he did receive it so that's all well and good. The only other concern is that when Mark did send my documents and I reviewed them, the numbers were all correct, but some of the information (addresses formatting) was not correct so I had to request some edits before official submission (it's a good thing I am a tax accountant - but not US tax - so I was keeping an eye on these errors). Mark was able to tidy up everything though and as I said, overall very satisfied with the service. I just recommend to them that if clients are sending highly sensitive information over the internet, at least provide a quick e-mail that acknowledges receipt :)
1776 Tax Prep Service1776 Tax Prep Service
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