Find a tax preparation services in San Francisco, CA

Find tax preparation services in San Francisco, CA

Find tax preparation services in San Francisco, CA

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Find tax preparation services in San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 tax preparation services in San Francisco, CA

Clients agree: these therapists are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Turner Accounting & Technology Group

Turner Accounting & Technology Group

5.0(4)
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
23+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
CL Y. says, "I received a lot of information and training needed to start a small business." Read more
Uncle Sam Tax Service

Uncle Sam Tax Service

5.0Exceptional(16)
Offers online services
12+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Nikens G. says, " The service was awesome" Read more
Norbie Gaerlan, CPA

Norbie Gaerlan, CPA

5.0Exceptional(36)
Offers online services
11 hires on Thervo
14+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Arnel V. says, "I did not file my tax returns for past 5 years with my LLC's and investment properties. At first I was hesitant when I saw them online. Now, I am so happy to have met this team. Outstanding service." Read more
1040 CLOUD TAX OFFICE

1040 CLOUD TAX OFFICE

5.0(2)
Offers online services
12+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Veronica L. says, "Victoria is really professional and offers guidance, and offers guidance that most tax professionals won't. I let him know I am a novice when it comes to taxes, and he spent his time explaining the basics to me. I really appreciate your good work!" Read more
GLC Bookkeeping And Tax Service

GLC Bookkeeping And Tax Service

5.0Exceptional(12)
Offers online services
14+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
James L. says, "Glenna Wood of GLC Bookkeeping and Tax Service has been providing our tax services for many years. We are very satisfied with the services and personal attention that have been provided and find that GLC is very responsive to our needs. My wife and I appreciate Glenna’s knowledge and experience, as well as her pleasant personality. We highly recommend GLC Bookkeeping and Tax Service." Read more
Souther Accounting

Souther Accounting

New on Thervo
Offers online services
29+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
I've been an Accountant/Bookkeeper for 15 plus years. I am also a licensed Tax Preparer. I work with QuickBooks and BQE Core software, and have worked with others.
Scott Phillips, CPA, Inc.

Scott Phillips, CPA, Inc.

New on Thervo
Offers online services
29+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
We provide a high level of service to business own of small, medium and large auto repair shops thouughout the Bay Area. We enjoy helping shop owners run their business in a professional manner that results in higher profits to the owner while working to reduce their tax liability to the lowest possible amount!

Your tax preparation questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does tax preparation cost?

Professional tax preparation costs $100 to $500 per return on average, with most individuals spending about $220. While your geographical location may impact the fees, the biggest factors affecting the cost of your tax preparation are the complexity of your tax return and the type of professional you hire. Certified public accountants (CPAs) and tax attorneys typically charge more than Enrolled Agents or non-credentialed seasonal tax professionals.

Is it worth it to pay for tax preparation?

Paying a CPA or tax preparer to do your taxes may be worth it if you have a complex return or have new items or calculations on your taxes that you are not familiar with. If you run a business, buy a house, manage multiple properties, or do anything requiring more than a simple tax return, professional tax preparation can save you time, ensure the return is done correctly, and protect you in the event of an audit or issue.

What is a tax preparer?

A tax preparer is a professional who prepares and files income tax returns for individuals or businesses. While all tax preparers have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), they have varying levels of education and credentials. The list below includes professionals who can prepare your taxes and represent you in front of the IRS if needed for audits, appeals, or anything related to your return.

  • Enrolled Agent (EA) – An EA is certified by the IRS and can prepare taxes anywhere in the United States.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – A CPA has education and licensing through the state in which they practice. CPAs
  • Attorney – A licensed tax attorney has passed a state bar exam and earned a law degree. A tax attorney may specialize only in tax preparation or offer several services.

Non-credentialed tax preparers include seasonal tax service employees and the IRS's voluntary Annual Filing Season Program participants. These professionals have a PTIN but may not have formal education or certifications and may not be able to represent you in front of the IRS.

How do I choose the best tax preparation service near me?

When searching for a tax preparation service near you, be sure to:

  • Compare preparation fees from at least three companies that are licensed, bonded, insured, and have been in business 5+ years.
  • Search the IRS's directory for a certified public accountant (CPA) or an Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP).
  • Check their licensing status and look for disciplinary actions against them.
  • Ask for a preparer tax identification number (PTIN).
  • Confirm the tax preparer can represent you for any related audits, payments, or collection issues.
  • Check out their reviews on Thervo and Google.
  • Avoid hiring a tax preparer who bases their fee on the size of your tax refund.
  • Confirm that the tax preparer will sign your return.
  • Never sign a blank tax return.

What questions should I ask when searching for tax preparation?

Asking the right questions can help you choose the best tax preparation service for your needs:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • What training and credentials do you have?
  • How long have you been preparing taxes?
  • Do you have a guarantee?
  • Can you represent me in front of the IRS if needed?
  • What kinds of returns can you prepare?
  • Do you file electronically?
  • How soon will I get my refund? 
  • What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

Reviews for San Francisco tax preparation services

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
O N.
very innovative thorough and informative
Turner Accounting & Technology Group
Ivan A.
This is my second year using Uncle Sam's. I efiled this year and get my return by the next week. I even sent my neighbor and got $40 for the referral. See you next year, Frank.
Uncle Sam Tax Service
Jimmy C.
I had 7 years worth of unfiled taxes and I owed over $100k in back taxes. Now I owe the IRS nothing and I sleep like a baby
Norbie Gaerlan, CPA
Jorge A.
Victoria is very responsive and will answer any questions you may have. She is very kind and talks to me like I am a friend. She explains everything in plain language. I will work with her again next year.
1040 CLOUD TAX OFFICE
Evelyn C.
always on time for submission
GLC Bookkeeping and Tax Service
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