Tax Preparation Fees and Services

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 9.19.17 PMThe National Trends and Averages

By CPA Trendlines Research

While tax professionals taking a well-deserved break this summer, they are also carefully assessing how well – or poorly – they fared in Tax Season 2015 and they are beginning to lay plans for Tax Season 2016. Chief among their concerns will, no doubt, be a thorough review of their mix of services and fees.

Fortunately, CPA Trendlines has compiled authoritative data in an easy-to-use set of charts, graphs and infographics to guide the strategizing for 2016.

In this report, CPA Trendlines reveals:

  • The average time it takes an amateur do-it-yourselfer to do a 1040 – useful information in understanding and communicating to clients the true value of a professional.
  • How many tax professionals give away over $100 per client in free consultations – and how competitive the market may be for practitioners.
  • Prices by type of form: Itemized 1040; State; Schedule C’s; 940s; 1065s; 1120Ss.
  • Prices by region: West, Midwest, Northeast and South.
  • How many preparers charge to file an extension and how much they charge.
  • Trends in 1040 business.
  • Practitioners’ age ranges and years in business.
  • The characteristics of the communities in which they operate.