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Connect right on your screen with a live expert to discuss your taxes this year. They can even customize your experience so you only answer questions that apply to you and your situation.

Connect right on your screen with a live expert to discuss your taxes this year. They can even customize your experience so you only answer questions that apply to you and your situation.

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We’ll ask about your work, family, and other things relevant to your taxes. We partner with hundreds of employers and financial institutions so you can auto-import your W-2 or investment info.

We’ll ask about your work, family, and other things relevant to your taxes. We partner with hundreds of employers and financial institutions so you can auto-import your
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If you have questions, just select the “Live help” button to chat with an expert or set up a video call at a time that’s convenient for you. You can even connect after
you file.

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Be confident that nothing is missed and you’re getting every dollar you deserve. An expert can go over your return with
you and make sure you have
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Start in TurboTax Live and, as an optional upgrade, have your own dedicated expert or CPA prepare, sign, and file your return. You can also select the “Do my taxes for me” button at any time.

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Gains and losses from cryptocurrency transactions
Ideal for self-employed (1099-NEC) income
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More About Tax Preparation


Searching for a Chicago CPA? TurboTax Live lets you connect via one-way video with experienced tax experts and CPAs who can help you file your taxes, or even do your taxes for you, from start to finish. See the articles below for more information about tax preparation services for the
Chicago area.

GUIDE TO INCOME
TAX PREPARERS

4 types of tax preparers

Chicago tax filers can choose between four main types of income tax preparers: 1) CPAs (certified public accountants), 2) EAs (enrolled agents), 3) tax attorneys, and 4) non-credentialed tax professionals. The difference between them can be important. Here's brief guide to what those differences can mean
to you.

TAX ACCOUNTANTS

What is a tax accountant?

Some accountants specialize in the government rules, regulations, and laws regarding the preparation of income tax returns and the accurate calculation of taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. These accountants generally are known as tax accountants. They provide a wide range of services to individual taxpayers as well as businesses. These services often include preparing, signing, and filing income tax returns for their clients.

DESCRIPTION OF EAs AND CPAs

EA vs. CPA tax professionals:
what’s the difference?


Both enrolled agents and certified public accountants are tax experts, but they can specialize in different things. See the article below to learn more EAs
and CPAs.

CPAs

What is a CPA (certified
public accountant)?


Many accountants work in the finance departments of businesses, but some offer their services directly to the public. These accounting professionals are known as certified public accountants, or CPAs. A CPA must be credentialed and licensed by the state or US territory where they offer their accounting services. The services they offer often include preparing, signing, and filing income tax returns.

ENROLLED AGENTS

What is an enrolled agent
for taxes?


Only a few, select tax preparers are authorized to represent their clients in tax matters before the IRS. Among these are enrolled agents, often called EAs. The IRS grants these highly credentialed tax preparers “unlimited practice rights.” This means that EAs are empowered to handle any kind of federal income tax issue—from filing tax returns and supplemental forms to defending taxpayers in audits. It also means they can represent not only individual tax filers, but also organizations
and businesses.

TAX DEDUCTIONS AND CREDTIS

7 best tips to lower your tax bill from TurboTax tax experts

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