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Is the cost of a tax preparer deductible (on my 2021 tax return)? I.e., next year?

Generally, no. If your return includes a business, you can deduct the cost of preparing the part of your 2020 tax return (in 2021) related directly to that business (for example, the cost to prepare the Schedule C) as a 2021 expense. But the ability for most people to deduct the cost of preparing a tax return went out with the changes to the deductions rules that were implemented in the TCJA. That said, if the current law doesn't change, the previous deductibility rules will come back in 2026, so you could potentially deduct the cost of preparing your 2025 personal tax return.

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