How Much Does It Cost to Get Taxes Done?

Every year during tax time, many people worry about whether they are preparing the tax return correctly.  In order to stop your confusion, you may want to have a company such as H & R Block do it for you.

How much are income tax preparation fees?

Professional CompanyType of ReturnCost
H&R BlockState and Federal$0 to $130
Jackson HewittState and Federal$0 to $150
Liberty TaxState and Federal$0 to $400
Private PartyState and Federal$0 to $200

Note:  These fees were conducted by calling the offices.  $0 can happen only if you meet certain income requirements.  All prices aren’t exact.  Please call directly for a quote in regards to your personal circumstances.

Online Preperation SoftwareVersionFederal Price (Simple 1040)State Price
At Home (TM) H&R BlockFree$0$28
efile.comFree Federal$0$20
Liberty Tax (eSmart)Basic$0$20
Tax Hawk's FreeTaxUSAFree$0$10
Jackson HewittBasic$0$30
Tax ACTFree$0$15
TaxSlayerFree$0$14
TurboTaxFree$0$29

Note:  Prices above are as accurate of 2016.  Some free software packages are limited to those who meet certain income requirements.

What is going to be included?

What are the extra costs?

Type of Schedule / FormAverage Additional Cost
Schedule 1040A$70 to $100
Schedule 1040$100 to $200
Schedule C$100 to $200
Schedule D$5 to $10 per transaction
Schedule E$60 to $200 per rental
Schedule F$100 to $200 each
Schedule M$10 to $20
Schedule SE$10 to $20
Form 706$200 to $400
Form 990$400 to $700
Form 1116$10 to $20
Form 1120(s)$450 to $800
Form 1065$400 to $800
Form 2106$10 to $20
Form 2441$10 to $20
Form 2555$20 to $35
Form 3903$10 to $20
Form 4562$20 to $35
Form 4684$10 to $20
Form 4797$20 to $35
Form 4952$10 to $20
Form 5405$20 to $45
Form 6198$10 to $20
Form 6251$10 to $20
Form 6252$40 to $75
Form 8253$10 to $20
Form 8824$40 to $80

Tips to know

How can I save money?


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Average Reported Cost: $158

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Less Expensive $1 $1.5K $3K $5K $6.5K More Expensive $8k

How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Tati (Boston,  MA) paid $0 and said:

    me and my husband went to H&R block to prepare and file jointly. we r both self-employed and work for cash. so the accountant charged us 650$. it is insane! we asked him why so expensive. he said because we’re self employed and did a lot of deductions. is it true?

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. casey (avondale,  arizona) paid $316$ and said:

    i went to h r and they charged me 316$!!! n my sister did too we have about everything the same but she was only charged 192$ i think they should tell u how much its gonna be its like the preparer decided what he can get out of you!!!!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Pat Jennings (Pittsburgh PA,  Pennsylvania) paid $ and said:

    We paid $400. We are retired, file jointly. Still using the tax man we’ve used for years. We have no idea if he’s overcharging us. Perhaps he’s basing his charge on the amount of our assets with little regard for how different our finances are in our retirement years.

    I am a musician, retired high-level professional. I know how many hours, over many weeks, I would have to practice to make $400.

    The tax man had our info for two days, e-filed, and sent us the bill. Seems excessive.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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