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How to Get Your Tax Questions Answered for Free

As the tax code becomes ever more complex, and the process of doing our taxes becomes more complicated, the expert help of a certified public accountant, or CPA, is becoming more and more important. But it's not always easy to ask an accountant and access the assistance that these tax experts can provide. Physical distance from the offices of a CPa can make getting advice difficult for the average taxpayer, and the cost of hiring one can make free tax questions - out of the question.

Fortunately, it's becoming easier to talk to an accountant online free, and there are now options for taxpayers to ask a CPA a tax question with ease and affordability that they never had before. The barriers to getting tax questions answered for free are fewer and fewer, so that taxpayers can save more on their taxes and stress less.

Who should consult a CPA?

Any taxpayer can benefit from the advice of an expert, but freelancers and self-employed individuals are especially in need of CPA support. Taxes for them are far more complicated than they are for someone who is an employee of a company. That's because freelancers are responsible for every aspect of their taxes, including deadlines, calculations and special taxes just for self-employed people. These are all things employees have taken care of for them by the company they work for and all the more reason for freelancers to talk to an accountant online free.

If you make a living as a freelancer, self-employed individual or a gig worker, you're responsible for paying quarterly estimated taxes four times a year, for example. W-2 employees have these automatically deducted from their paychecks by their employers. Taxes for Social Security and Medicare, which every taxpayer must pay, are also automatically taken out of employees' paychecks. Not so for freelancers, who receive a 1099 from everyone they do work for and have to calculate the tax they owe for these themselves, often relying on a 1099 tax calculator to do so.

This all makes it sound like people who work for themselves have it rough, but there's a tax advantage they have that can end up helping them pay less in tax than the average W-2 employee. That not-so-secret weapon is deductible business expenses. Just about anything they purchase as a requirement for the work they do can be deducted from their taxable income. They might ask an accountant whether they can deduct the gas they pay for in their delivery job, for example, because they know a deduction lowers their taxable income, and lower taxable income = less tax paid.

For all of these reasons, freelancers and self-employed individuals typically have a lot of questions about taxes and can benefit most from the expertise of a CPA and being able to ask a tax professional for free.

How to ask a CPA a tax question

There are really only two ways to ask a CPA a question about your taxes:

Traditional CPA

You can find a traditional brick-and-mortar CPA business in your community and make an appointment to consult with a CPA in that office. That requires gathering up all your documents and collecting all your information, then physically visiting a CPA in person.

It also requires a payment for their services. The going rate for a session to consult a CPA these days is anywhere from $500-$1,000, depending on how complicated your tax situation is.

Online CPA

The other option is to talk to an accountant online for free, or at far less cost, at least. Without the overhead costs of having an office and the rent and other costs that are associated with it, online CPAs can offer the same expert guidance much more affordably, and in some cases offer free tax questions. Getting expert guidance from an online CPA also means you don't have to leave the comfort of your home and spend time and money to make your way to a CPA's office.

At the same time as CPA advice is becoming more and more available digitally, the way business expenses are tracked is being revolutionized by A.I., particularly for freelancers and self-employed individuals. Gone are the days when extensive spreadsheets were required to keep track of everything a freelancer spends on deductible goods or services. Keeping all your receipts in a shoebox to prove you made those purchases is a thing of the past, too.

Today, your bank records serve as all the proof the IRS needs, which has helped make FlyFin a game-changer for freelancers. Its A.I.-powered platform connects to your expenses digitally and finds every possible deduction. The CPA team is available 24/7 in the app for unlimited tax advice.

After you review your deductions, that same CPA team prepares ands file your taxes with 100% accuracy.

Why consult a CPA?

When you work for yourself, you're responsible for everything, from getting out there and finding clients to making sure you have the supplies you need - not to mention being careful not to miss tax deadlines or deductions that can save you money. With so much to deal with, it can be difficult to keep your work life running and take the time to gain the knowledge and experience to be your own tax expert.

What a CPA provides is the pinpointed support that only an expert can offer. It's like using Google maps to pick up a friend at the airport. The app will tell you what road to take, but it won't know that it's best to park in the C lot to cut your walk to the baggage claim in half.

When you work for yourself, you'll of course be aware that you can deduct business expenses like advertising to lower your taxable income, but you might not be aware that you can write off clothes you buy as an advertising expense when you print your company logo on them.

I'm looking for a tax expert near me

In the past, any online search for "tax expert near me" or "personal account near me" would lead you to the CPAs and tax experts in your geographical community, who are advertising online or listing their services on websites and other places. But "tax CPA near me" no longer needs to be taken literally. Now you can ask a CPA online who might be 500 miles away from you physically but has knowledge that directly applies to your tax situation.

When you search for "tax CPA near me" today, your options for getting tax question help are more expansive than ever. FlyFin's team of CPAs and tax experts, for example, lets freelancers and self-employed people from across the country ask an accountant as many free tax questions as they need to with no additional fee on top of their subscription.

Are CPAs and accountants the same thing?

You might see terms like "CPA," "tax professional" and "accountant" used interchangeably, and all three have the expertise to answer complicated questions and prepare your taxes. The major difference is that CPAs are licensed by state governments and are required to undergo continuing education to keep their license.

For example if you search online for a CPA in New York, the first thing you'll find is listings for tax professionals in New York. But further down, you might find listings for services provided by accountants or for preparers. The same goes for a search for a CPA in California, for example. You'll also find information about how to become a CPA in a given state. If you live in Houston, and you want to work as a CPA, you'll need to learn how to become a licensed CPA in Texas. The point is, CPAs are licensed practitioners in each state, while accountants and tax preparers aren't required to have a license and can practice their trade in any state.

Making the most of your time with a CPA

The best way to get your tax questions answered for free is without a doubt by accessing an online CPA. They are much more likely to offer advice at a low cost or even free, and they're much easier to access than traditional CPAs.

This is especially true for freelancers and self-employed individuals, who have more complicated taxes, and more complicated tax questions, than taxpayers who are employees. To make the most of your time with an online CPA, it's essential to choose the right platform to access them. FlyFin is the number 1 tax platform combining A.I. and CPA support at no extra cost to users with unlimited consultations.

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Facts and figures about
taxes in United States

649,412

CPAs across the Nation

US
population

3,190,369

Residents

population

20,169,250

People claiming self- employment tax deductions

population

9,011,930

S-Corps statewide

population

15,609,950

People taking itemized deductions

population

22,735,830

People claiming the QBI deduction

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Federal Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2022

SINGLE FILER

Brackets

Rates

$0 - $10,275

10%

$10,276 - $41,775

12%

$41,776 - $89,075

22%

$89,076 - $170,050

24%

$170,051 - $215,950

32%

$215,951 - $539,900

35%

$539,901+

37%

MARRIED FILING JOINTLY

Brackets

Rates

$0 - $20,550

10%

$20,551 - $83,550

12%

$83,551 - $178,150

22%

$178,151 - $340,100

24%

$340,101 - $431,900

32%

$431,901 - $647,850

35%

$647,851+

37%

MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY

Brackets

Rates

$0 - $10,275

10%

$10,276 - $41,775

12%

$41,776 - $89,075

22%

$89,076 - $170,050

24%

$170,051 - $215,950

32%

$215,951 - $323,925

35%

$323,926+

37%

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD

Brackets

Rates

$0 - $14,650

10%

$14,651 - $55,900

12%

$55,901 - $89,050

22%

$89,051 - $170,050

24%

$170,051 - $215,950

32%

$215,951 - $539,900

35%

$539,901+

37%

United States Sales Tax Rate for 2023

State

State Tax Rate

Avg. Local Tax Rate

Max Local Tax Rate

Alabama

4.00%

5.25%

7.50%

Alaska

0.00%

1.76%

7.50%

Arizona

5.60%

2.77%

5.30%

Arkansas

6.50%

2.96%

6.13%

California

7.25%

1.57%

2.50%

Colorado

2.90%

4.88%

8.30%

Connecticut

6.35%

0.00%

0.00%

Delaware

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Florida

6.00%

1.02%

2.00%

Georgia

4.00%

3.40%

5.00%

Hawaii

4.00%

0.44%

0.50%

Idaho

6.00%

0.02%

3.00%

Illinois

6.25%

2.57%

4.75%

Indiana

7.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Iowa

6.00%

0.94%

1.00%

Kansas

6.50%

2.16%

4.25%

Kentucky

6.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Louisiana

4.45%

5.10%

7.00%

Maine

5.50%

0.00%

0.00%

Maryland

6.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Massachusetts

6.25%

0.00%

0.00%

Michigan

6.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minnesota

6.88%

0.61%

2.00%

Mississippi

7.00%

0.07%

1.00%

Missouri

4.23%

4.11%

5.76%

Montana

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Nebraska

5.50%

1.45%

2.00%

Nevada

6.85%

1.38%

1.53%

New Hampshire

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

New Jersey

6.63%

-0.03%

3.31%

New Mexico

5.00%

2.72%

3.81%

New York

4.00%

4.52%

4.88%

North Carolina

4.75%

2.24%

2.75%

North Dakota

5.00%

1.97%

3.50%

Ohio

5.75%

1.49%

2.25%

Oklahoma

4.50%

4.48%

7.00%

Oregon

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Pennsylvania

6.00%

0.34%

2.00%

Rhode Island

7.00%

0.00%

0.00%

South Carolina

6.00%

1.43%

3.00%

South Dakota

4.50%

1.90%

4.50%

Tennessee

7.00%

2.55%

2.75%

Texas

6.25%

1.95%

2.00%

Utah

6.10%

1.09%

2.95%

Vermont

6.00%

0.30%

1.00%

Virginia

5.30%

0.45%

0.70%

Washington

6.50%

2.36%

4.10%

West Virginia

6.00%

0.55%

1.00%

Wisconsin

5.00%

0.43%

1.75%

Wyoming

4.00%

1.36%

2.00%

United States Statistics of Income for 2020

Size of adjusted gross income

Item
(All amounts are in 1000s of dollars)

Number of returns

Number of single returns

Number of joint returns

Number of head of household returns

Number of individuals

Adjusted gross income (AGI)

Total income: Number

Amount

Salaries and wages in AGI: Number

Amount

Business or profession net income (less loss): Number

Amount

Partnership/S-corp net income (less loss): Number

Amount

Self-employed health insurance deduction: Number

Amount

Student loan interest deduction: Number

Amount

Charitable contributions if took standard deduction: Number

Amount

Total itemized deductions: Number

Amount

State and local income taxes: Number

Amount

State and local general sales taxes: Number

Amount

Qualified business income deduction: Number

Amount

Child and dependent care credit: Number

Amount

Child and other dependent tax credit: Number

Amount

Self-employment tax: Number

Amount

Earned income credit: Number

Amount

Refundable education credit: Number

Amount

Recovery rebate credit: Number

Amount

Total tax liability: Number

Amount

Total additional Medicare tax: Number

Amount

Net investment income tax: Number

Amount

Tax due at time of filing: Number

Amount

Total overpayments: Number

Amount

All returns

164,041,940

83,611,390

55,141,350

21,232,000

299,413,170

12,555,618,999

160,530,950

12,702,402,100

129,655,660

8,390,581,092

27,890,190

344,749,061

9,011,930

712,886,393

3,634,580

29,788,951

9,925,120

7,627,090

41,242,240

10,667,759

15,609,950

604,830,554

11,333,000

208,972,366

3,666,480

7,860,139

22,735,830

165,525,675

5,113,710

2,820,764

39,080,040

83,768,481

20,169,250

66,350,169

25,553,580

58,189,822

6,585,720

5,701,743

30,522,410

44,360,488

119,051,700

1,813,508,632

5,137,340

10,998,658

5,629,960

35,231,882

32,805,910

218,165,216

124,919,570

467,880,310

Under $1

5,442,540

4,038,170

948,830

276,200

7,310,840

0

1,935,270

0

705,770

29,819,065

884,170

0

477,510

0

116,800

838,879

94,850

93,078

716,230

180,404

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

873

40

21

3,630

4,067

251,670

723,362

316,200

459,415

110,240

100,219

2,831,680

4,309,273

318,030

1,027,094

18,750

33,688

30

760

151,320

375,221

3,724,450

13,878,214

$1 under $10,000

20,515,530

16,925,140

1,739,490

1,498,280

21,487,310

99,270,881

20,511,820

102,937,913

13,151,260

75,542,910

3,758,800

9,963,871

258,150

0

164,090

530,152

248,740

192,262

2,358,440

540,248

215,050

5,015,925

59,260

192,946

116,300

77,255

55,120

13,230

330

141

11,230

4,717

2,932,580

2,004,706

5,972,900

6,672,946

730,380

619,695

5,347,770

8,268,444

3,593,090

2,249,145

1,070

1,525

60

512

1,816,320

870,459

15,483,690

22,396,954

$10,000 under $25,000

30,208,360

20,205,630

3,776,890

5,628,270

45,562,140

525,030,858

30,208,360

534,185,826

22,777,950

353,287,280

5,939,270

38,115,964

534,370

0

340,220

1,137,999

814,280

601,146

4,927,010

1,208,496

534,510

12,966,531

191,840

428,226

274,220

246,715

2,135,710

1,397,698

211,750

65,976

3,065,990

1,143,382

4,600,780

7,450,230

10,005,350

30,022,325

1,562,300

1,308,836

6,701,850

10,426,468

17,588,560

16,034,846

2,400

3,100

500

333

3,007,690

3,141,165

26,135,530

73,172,627

$25,000 under $50,000

39,117,390

21,953,150

7,797,920

8,142,030

67,979,330

1,422,279,780

39,117,390

1,438,433,051

33,713,050

1,102,591,863

5,436,330

40,637,897

923,180

3,804,092

518,480

2,293,733

2,655,520

1,946,150

8,532,190

2,145,585

1,486,140

36,733,676

805,150

1,861,406

558,470

801,480

4,267,250

6,599,540

1,131,770

655,030

11,540,740

14,916,532

3,645,900

8,892,269

8,917,570

20,846,104

1,582,360

1,328,610

5,653,070

8,066,745

30,934,230

72,241,193

5,430

9,053

1,720

657

5,760,030

8,274,432

33,104,360

94,208,788

$50,000 under $75,000

22,644,260

10,564,380

8,167,230

3,103,520

43,242,770

1,391,425,600

22,644,260

1,406,529,409

19,369,900

1,061,577,806

3,252,270

32,082,089

912,020

8,310,300

428,500

2,476,357

2,448,720

1,947,595

6,811,120

1,763,755

2,128,450

52,995,338

1,459,760

4,836,359

559,310

965,964

3,296,150

7,884,609

725,740

398,259

6,923,520

16,448,169

2,200,870

6,678,403

341,560

189,032

807,130

713,509

3,330,830

4,421,257

20,992,770

103,125,793

5,480

7,696

1,650

726

4,965,150

10,285,277

17,604,520

49,822,495

$75,000 under $100,000

14,313,280

4,582,900

8,073,120

1,274,570

31,412,130

1,240,454,578

14,313,280

1,252,641,572

12,167,530

914,359,664

2,298,560

27,376,416

849,420

11,050,956

345,590

2,356,732

1,389,310

983,874

5,162,040

1,369,649

2,092,570

55,000,478

1,577,250

7,328,867

439,370

854,720

2,697,130

7,944,247

657,890

370,681

4,946,600

14,004,705

1,596,360

5,504,065

0

0

581,810

508,882

2,535,890

2,777,986

13,970,150

110,042,981

8,940

7,687

1,800

1,307

3,794,200

10,273,343

10,480,720

35,086,210

$100,000 under $200,000

22,395,780

4,177,840

16,747,420

1,064,280

56,340,470

3,053,966,117

22,395,780

3,085,994,650

19,463,480

2,253,144,738

4,127,860

73,221,072

2,231,210

54,497,866

777,140

6,781,489

2,273,710

1,862,985

9,418,540

2,541,734

4,834,500

149,337,397

3,829,010

29,858,748

881,860

2,075,459

5,786,080

26,302,198

1,589,520

897,220

9,244,010

27,291,366

2,947,710

13,528,680

0

0

1,211,510

1,121,992

4,040,990

6,053,505

22,261,600

356,160,500

312,720

86,802

118,350

38,580

8,193,560

35,277,587

14,143,440

62,745,365

$200,000 under $500,000

7,563,550

949,100

6,336,250

200,060

20,837,900

2,171,157,478

7,563,550

2,200,524,928

6,729,310

1,511,301,918

1,709,050

77,795,519

1,818,580

141,777,850

597,800

7,518,843

0

0

2,862,150

790,471

3,138,310

123,116,741

2,477,210

45,676,891

605,020

1,837,676

3,345,550

34,506,219

670,390

361,438

3,332,760

9,939,801

1,440,530

11,368,078

0

0

0

0

80,330

36,810

7,553,420

379,311,879

3,471,680

2,717,647

3,863,880

4,101,962

4,097,660

49,469,860

3,433,360

35,419,827

$500,000 under $1,000,000

1,232,700

140,430

1,047,770

30,090

3,531,120

830,115,434

1,232,700

843,239,424

1,074,270

483,334,684

319,940

30,135,089

587,440

133,498,661

199,450

3,180,837

0

0

339,550

95,272

739,350

42,495,894

578,410

27,405,752

151,130

509,158

718,450

15,810,751

97,270

54,190

11,560

15,742

341,770

4,298,665

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,231,710

202,008,061

889,740

2,865,254

1,081,250

4,815,960

727,400

33,014,585

497,410

17,473,029

$1,000,000 or more

608,540

74,650

506,430

14,700

1,709,160

2,093,375,575

608,540

2,106,273,812

503,160

605,621,164

163,950

34,254,862

420,060

457,994,106

146,520

2,673,930

0

0

114,970

32,145

441,090

127,168,574

355,100

91,383,171

80,800

491,712

434,380

65,066,310

29,020

17,808

0

0

211,080

5,901,711

0

0

0

0

0

0

608,150

571,307,140

421,130

5,266,206

560,720

26,271,085

292,580

67,183,287

312,110

63,676,801

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FlyFin caters to the tax needs of freelancers, gig workers, independent contractors and sole proprietors. Using a powerful A.I., FlyFin tracks all your business expenses automatically. But anyone can file taxes through FlyFin! Our CPA team files a guaranteed 100% accurate tax return for you – to save you a couple thousand dollars and a ton of time on your taxes. You can download the FlyFin app and have your taxes filed in less than 15 minutes, saving you time and money.
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On average users save $3,700

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