I found my accountant through a client-turned-friend a few years ago. I figured he was a good person to take a recommendation from because, at the time, he had a low W-2 income which he supplemented by selling high-end weed to a handful of customers and wanted to report enough to get a mortgage eventually (which he did, so I’d say his CPA did an excellent job). I mean, I tried to find an accountant on my own — one was a barter situation that went bad, the other was someone nearby I found on a “find an accountant” website who was just plain weird weird weird.
My accountant deals almost exclusively with the self-employed and tiny S-Corp businesses, so he’s had maximum exposure to cash businesses and what kinds of claims and deductions will keep us out of audits. In fact, that’s what he considers his #1 function: not raising any red flags with the IRS, even if it means not claiming certain legitimate deductions. His fees are reasonable, my IRS bill is always acceptable, the only notices I get from the IRS are when they think I’ve overpaid by $9 or something like that, and I’m comfortable being totally up-front about everything.
He sucks at deadlines and time management, and he sucks even worse at communication/keeping me in the loop. Emails and phone calls go unreturned repeatedly, to the point where I end up sending him a freaked out email asking him not to put me in a position to figure out what measures I need to take against a CPA with all my tax info who won’t produce my returns. I mean, I saw him in February last year, he ignored 3 emails and 1 phone call in the first two weeks of April until I begged to know if he’d filed for an extension. He lied to me about having them ready to mail to me, then I get them and find 3 mistakes, and he takes forever to send me a corrected copy. I mean, the customer service angle is horrible.
So I’m conflicted about what to do this tax season – find a new CPA or stick with the evil I know?
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