Income and Fees Survey

2020-2021 Income and Fees of Accountants and Tax Preparers in Public Practice


NSA conducts a periodic survey of members to gauge the average cost of preparing many types of tax returns. NSA's Income & Fees Survey contains detailed information on fees charged for tax preparation and accounting services, broken down by state, geographic region, and practice size. Operating expenses broken down by category are included, in addition to, information on billing practices, succession planning, and other business practices. 

Highlights Include:

  • National, regional, and state average fees for federal tax returns by form and by schedule along with average minimum and hourly fees.
  • National, regional, and state average hourly fees and fixed monthly fees for write-up work and additional client services such as payroll, etc.
  • Additional fee averages for IRS representation, expediting returns, extensions, etc.
  • Average frequency of tax and accounting fee increases & office billing practices.
  • Practice management data including average operating expenses, marketing, technology, practice mix and more.


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