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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.

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.

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 Vancouver tax preparers
Thumbtack Customer
We have a complex tax return (including assets in foreign countries). Due to the complexity of our tax return, we wanted it prepared professionally by someone who could represent us in front of the IRS (should that be required). Mihaela was a great selection. Before immigrating to the U.S., Mihaela was a chartered accountant in Romania. A chartered accountant is much like a CPA in the U.S. That speaks of a depth and breadth of experience you rarely find in a U.S. tax preparer. At a very reasonable rate. We highly recommend Mihaela.
Rasda L.
we've found Yuliya online and at first we were skeptical about trying a new tax preparer, but she made us feel at ease and handle our paperwork with knowledge and expertise. We are well pleased with her competent, efficient, and reasonable price. We will see her again next year.
Olaru's Premier Tax Services, IncOlaru's Premier Tax Services, Inc
Dawn L.
I had some challenging tax issues that required expert assistance. Kim Walker, CPA [Tax & Accounting Firm] service and professionalism is IMPECCABLE. Her responsiveness, even in days right before the filing deadline was amazing. I always received feedback in 24 hours or less....typically LESS. Her assuring personality and communication style gifted me with instant relief from my worries. She is honest and trustworthy. She does not promise pipe-dreams or fantasy. In unknown and worrisome situations she provides reassurance that all issues can be addressed. She promised her "best efforts". She delivered beyond my wildest expectations. Kim Walker is a wizard CPA. I highly recommend her without reservation. I have always prepared my own taxes. Kim Walker's expert up-to-date knowledge of recent tax code changes provided stress relief and confidence in the knowledge that I will receive maximum allowable tax refund without errors. If I were to be selected for a random tax audit, I would smile and proceed without concern.She is now my personal CPA. I would give her 10 stars if I could.
Kim Walker, CPAKim Walker, CPA
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