Answer by Wray Rives:
Fees for tax preparation do vary geographically; however, tax work is also an area of accounting that lends itself well to being done remotely which can eliminate that as a consideration.I won't say that no one charges based on income levels or perceived ability to pay, but they should not.Complexity of the return is going to be the significant factor as to what the return preparation fee is. That said, in my experience taxpayers are often poor judges of how complex their return is, so you may be well served to contact a few accountants and ask for an estimate of the fee.The things to look for are:
- Credentials-CPA or EA are both common licensing credentials
- Fixed (sometimes called Flat) Fees-Helps minimize surprise bills
- Knowledge of your specific situations-You hire a tax professional for knowledge and expertise not to fill in blanks on a tax form, so try to hire someone with experience with your specific tax situations.