Ninety percent of accounting firms offer free consultations to new clients, according to the National Society of Accountants. However, they will charge you to file a tax return. The exact charge often depends on the type of forms being filed. For example, accountants charge more to file a complex corporate tax return than they do to file a basic individual tax return. Fees also vary by region and firm size.

Average Tax Preparation Fees

The National Society of Accountants conducts an annual survey of its members to determine average fees for preparing a range of tax returns. The 2013 survey found that accountants charge an average of $261 to prepare and file an itemized Form 1040 with Schedule A and a state tax return. Taxpayers without itemized deductions pay an average of $152. Accountants charge businesses $218 to prepare and file Form 1040 with Schedule C. Other average charges range from $44 to file an individual tax extension to $806 to prepare and file Form 1120 for corporations.