Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I go to Tax Ninja?

Tax Ninja saves you money on your taxes!  What more could you want?

Tax Ninja specializes in the 21st century economy. Our clients are entrepreneurs and artists, freelancers, founders, gig workers, consultants, international travelers and people who live interesting lives.

Our staff has over a decade of experience in tax preparation.  They possess the knowledge capable of tackling the most complicated of tax returns.  Stock Options... Real Estate... International Tax Issues... S-Corporations... Back-Taxes... These are no problems for a Tax Ninja.

How does it work?

First, you contact us and make an appointment.  Our support staff then assists you every step of the way!  That means getting your tax information organized, uploading it to our secure document server before your appointment, notifying you of your returns’ submission, and notifying you when it’s accepted.  There’s a whole team to help you navigate the process.

Then comes your appointment.  Your preparer will already have your return drafted when you arrive.  We will then focus on hunting for additional deductions, answering your questions, and strategizing for the coming year.  When it’s all done you review and sign electronically, and we e-file the return.

Need help later in the year?  Whether you’re getting married, exercising stock options, or selling rental property—we are open year round.  Contact us anytime with your questions or concerns.  You can depend on us!

How do I book an appointment?

Contact us via the contact form, call us at 415-216-5064, or email us at

Can I speak to a human?

Sure!  We love humans!  Call us at 415-216-5064.

Who are your clients?

Programmers, artists, engineers, strippers, coders, photographers, creatives, Uber drivers, yoga instructors, current and aspiring real-estate moguls, expatriates and international travelers. People who work at Google, Apple, and the founders of start-ups you’ve never heard of. Among many others.

Where are you?

1970 Broadway, Suite 850, Oakland, CA 94612

Conveniently located above the 19th St BART station.

There are a variety of garages nearby as well as metered parking.

What are your hours?

During tax season, we are open:
10am-6pm Monday through Friday
11am-5pm on Saturday (for phone appointments)

How much does it cost?

Everyone’s taxes are different.  Our preparers bill hourly starting at $575 per hour with discounts available.  Contact us for an estimate!

What can I do to get a discount?

During tax season, time is at a premium.  The sooner we have your documents, the better we can work to make sure that nothing is rushed.  We give a $50 discount to anyone who sends their documents to us more than 3 business days before their appointment!

What type of appointments do you offer?

Video chat, phone, and in-person.

I don’t live in the Bay Area.  Can I still work with you?

Yes! We’ve actually had clients call in their appointments from ships in international waters. We can work with you wherever you are, so long as we can validate your identity.  Call us at 415-216-5064 and we’ll work out the details.

What if we get audited?

Audits happen.  However, using Tax Ninja gets you access to people who know what can trigger an audit and knows what can bite you during an audit.  That means that we do our best to prevent the audit in the first place and that we set you up to pass any audit you might have.  Most of our preparers are CPAs or attorneys with audit experience.  They can represent you independently of Tax Ninja.  All you have to do is ask!

How do I get my documents to you?

However you want. Our preference is for you to use our document uploader.  Alternatively, you can bring them in to our offices or fax them.

Please don’t send them via e-mail, as this is the weakest link in security around handling sensitive documents.  We also ask that you not share them via services like Google Docs or Dropbox, as these services don’t easily allow us to retain copies of certain documents as required by the IRS.

Will my personal data be secure?

YES! And great question. The IRS has minimum standards for privacy and security for all tax preparers.  We’ve dedicated significant time and money to making sure that we meet or exceed them.

We use state of the art encryption for all document submission and delivery sites.  We contract trusted (and audited) parties for our IT infrastructure.  We have strict paper document control policies.  All of our employees have passed a background check.  All of our preparation and archiving systems are encrypted at rest.  None of our digital data is stored at our branch offices.

What qualifications do you have?

All of our senior preparers are either tax attorneys or certified public accountants.  Yes, that means they have fancy letters after their names like CPA, JD, and Esq.

Does this make you my lawyer or CPA?

Not unless it’s explicitly agreed to. Just because we’re qualified lawyers and CPA’s doesn’t mean you’re retaining us in that capacity. Tax preparation is not a legal or accounting service, so we’re not acting as your lawyer or your CPA when we do your taxes.

If you need a lwayer or a CPA just ask.  Our partners can engage with you outside of the company as individuals in a variety of capacities.

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