How to Find a Reputable Tax Accountant?
Emily wants to know:
How do you find a reputable tax accountant? Should I see one before the end of the year or wait until tax season? Also, what's a reasonable amount to pay ?
I recommend that you work with a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) because they're held to the highest educational and professional standards in the industry.
Meet with a few CPAs in person to make sure that you like them, get a chance to see their staff, and feel comfortable discussing the financial details of your life. Be sure that they have extensive tax preparation experience for your situation, no matter if you’re an employee, contractor, small business owner, or real estate investor.
Tax accountants get flooded with work during tax season, so never just show up on their doorstep right before April 15th. Choose a professional and start working with them as early as you can. Ask for tax planning tips that will help you cut your taxes and simplify your paperwork.
The fees CPAs charge vary widely and depend on the complexity of your tax return, but could be as low as a few hundred dollars. The time and money that a good accountant can save you typically makes their fee well worth the investment!
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