Find a tax preparation services in Chicago, IL

Find tax preparation services in Chicago, IL

Find tax preparation services in Chicago, IL

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Find tax preparation services in Chicago, IL

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Top 10 tax preparation services in Chicago, IL

Clients agree: these therapists are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Graves,  Johnson And Associates

Graves, Johnson And Associates

5.0(2)
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
20+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Richard P. says, "She is terrific and knowledgeable." Read more
Kenneth P. Rapoport CPA, Ltd.

Kenneth P. Rapoport CPA, Ltd.

5.0Exceptional(11)
Top Pro
Offers online services
7 hires on Thervo
33+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Susan I. says, "Years ago, Ken helped me with some difficulties with the IRS. He patiently worked his way through the issue and was able to reduce the amount owed and have the penalty waived. And Ken’s charge was very reasonable. Since then, my partner and I have over the last 8 years engaged Ken’s services for our annual taxes. Because of Ken’s extensive tax expertise, we always get a refund much larger than if we had used TurboTax, even allowing for his fee. Ken is also personable, attentive, and most importantly, honest. I highly recommend Ken!" Read more
Ideal Tax Group

Ideal Tax Group

5.0(3)
Offers online services
3 hires on Thervo
8+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
David E. S. says, "Thank you" Read more
Lanre

Lanre

New on Thervo
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
20+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Lanre's Tax Services is a private company and offers Tax Return Preparation, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and financial services to individuals and to small and medium size company at a reasonable rate. I enjoy do accounting work from payroll to bookkeeping to tax preparation by providing a stress-free work environment for my clients
Kmetz Financial Group, Inc.

Kmetz Financial Group, Inc.

New on Thervo
Offers online services
2 hires on Thervo
7+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Forward looking firm blending cash flow management with tax planning for individuals and businesses. As a firm we enjoy seeing how the value we provide to our customers benefits their business.
Fragoso Tax Service

Fragoso Tax Service

New on Thervo
Offers online services
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Since 2000 helping customers maximize their refunds.
Alexa CPA Group

Alexa CPA Group

5.0(1)
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
19+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Alex T. says, "Everything is straight and on time. " Read more

Your tax preparation questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does tax preparation cost?

Professional tax preparation costs $100 to $500 per return on average, with most individuals spending about $220. While your geographical location may impact the fees, the biggest factors affecting the cost of your tax preparation are the complexity of your tax return and the type of professional you hire. Certified public accountants (CPAs) and tax attorneys typically charge more than Enrolled Agents or non-credentialed seasonal tax professionals.

Is it worth it to pay for tax preparation?

Paying a CPA or tax preparer to do your taxes may be worth it if you have a complex return or have new items or calculations on your taxes that you are not familiar with. If you run a business, buy a house, manage multiple properties, or do anything requiring more than a simple tax return, professional tax preparation can save you time, ensure the return is done correctly, and protect you in the event of an audit or issue.

What is a tax preparer?

A tax preparer is a professional who prepares and files income tax returns for individuals or businesses. While all tax preparers have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), they have varying levels of education and credentials. The list below includes professionals who can prepare your taxes and represent you in front of the IRS if needed for audits, appeals, or anything related to your return.

  • Enrolled Agent (EA) – An EA is certified by the IRS and can prepare taxes anywhere in the United States.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – A CPA has education and licensing through the state in which they practice. CPAs
  • Attorney – A licensed tax attorney has passed a state bar exam and earned a law degree. A tax attorney may specialize only in tax preparation or offer several services.

Non-credentialed tax preparers include seasonal tax service employees and the IRS's voluntary Annual Filing Season Program participants. These professionals have a PTIN but may not have formal education or certifications and may not be able to represent you in front of the IRS.

How do I choose the best tax preparation service near me?

When searching for a tax preparation service near you, be sure to:

  • Compare preparation fees from at least three companies that are licensed, bonded, insured, and have been in business 5+ years.
  • Search the IRS's directory for a certified public accountant (CPA) or an Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP).
  • Check their licensing status and look for disciplinary actions against them.
  • Ask for a preparer tax identification number (PTIN).
  • Confirm the tax preparer can represent you for any related audits, payments, or collection issues.
  • Check out their reviews on Thervo and Google.
  • Avoid hiring a tax preparer who bases their fee on the size of your tax refund.
  • Confirm that the tax preparer will sign your return.
  • Never sign a blank tax return.

What questions should I ask when searching for tax preparation?

Asking the right questions can help you choose the best tax preparation service for your needs:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • What training and credentials do you have?
  • How long have you been preparing taxes?
  • Do you have a guarantee?
  • Can you represent me in front of the IRS if needed?
  • What kinds of returns can you prepare?
  • Do you file electronically?
  • How soon will I get my refund? 
  • What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

Reviews for Chicago tax preparation services

Recent success stories from people in the Chicago area.
Keith R.
Graves, Johnson & Associates has been doing my taxes for the last 3 years and for the past 3 years the IRS has accepted my returns without any problems or delays. GJA has been fast, professional and up to date with the many changes that occurs each year when filing a return. I would recommend them to anyone who needs their taxes done.
Graves, Johnson and Associates
Heather I.
Thank you very much for helping me with my taxes last year. I have not used an accountant before, and I must thank you for being so thorough, organized, and resourceful. I didn’t know what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised. You are obviously very good at what you do! Also I appreciate your help amending last year’s return to maximize my refund. It helped make a big difference! 🙂 All the best to you!
Kenneth P. Rapoport CPA, Ltd.
David E. S.
Ideal Tax Group
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