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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 Tacoma tax preparers
Matt B.
Curtis is helpful, personable, and dedicated to seeing the job through. I highly recommend him for tax preparation or advice.
Statewide Tax Services, Inc.Statewide Tax Services, Inc.
Daniel K.
If you're on thumbtack, you're probably looking for a tax preparer you can trust and do repeat business with for years to come. We sure were, and feel we may have found just that. Curtis is friendly, down to earth, yet proffesional. He went out of his way to accomodate our schedule, was prompt, band made the dreaded tax preparation process quite painless for us. In the end, working with him left us feeling good about his business and individual integrity. Highly recommend.
Statewide Tax Services, Inc.Statewide Tax Services, Inc.
Brett M.
After recently selling a property and buying a new one, we decided to have an accounting firm prepare our taxes. The initial consultation meeting with Daleyn Accountancy was positive and we decided to hire them. The draft of our taxes came back and said we were getting back over $6,000 which was a welcomed surprise. Sometime after signing our return, we received a letter from the IRS saying we owed them over $5,000, a nearly $12,000 difference from what we were told. Figuring there was a mistake made somewhere, we reached out to Daleyn Accountancy via their online portal. We were repeatedly told they would look into it. After some time of not hearing back, we finally had to call them to find out what was happening. The explanation was given that there was a section that was missed on our tax return pertaining to the first-time home buyer tax credit. Our tax preparer made an assumption that we didn't owe anything and did not bother to ask us about it. We understand that the difference in the amount we thought was going to be refunded versus the amount we owed is valid, but we now are stuck with late fees and interest charges from the IRS. We were able to convince Daleyn Accountancy to refund us $54 for the IRS interest but they refused to do anything about the late fees telling us it was our fault for not catching the mistake. We spent a lot of money hiring Daleyn Accountancy expecting accuracy, honesty and integrity and, in return, we got none of that.
Daleyn AccountancyDaleyn Accountancy
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