The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. A CPA is a Certified Public Accountant who has passed the CPA exam and completed the required number of hours in practice. CPAs have extensive knowledge about taxes, accounting, and finance that can be beneficial for complex tax situations.
Tax preparers are individuals or firms that are paid to prepare an individual's or business' taxes. They may have formal tax preparation education and experience, but they typically don't need to pass a CPA exam or hold a license. Tax preparers may be able to provide assistance in preparing tax returns, but their knowledge of the law is typically more limited than a CPA.
When making the decision of whether to use a CPA or tax preparer, you should consider the complexity of your taxes and finances. If your situation is complex with multiple sources of income, investments, estates, etc., then it may be beneficial to seek advice from a CPA. However, if your situation is fairly straightforward, then you may be able to get by with using a tax preparer.