For those who know nothing about filing or organizing their taxes, hiring a tax accountant is a must. You do not just hire any accountant to do organize your finances for you however; you must find a good one so you’ll be sure that your taxes are handled properly. Hiring just anyone off the street is risky-you’ll be hiring an accountant to make things easier for you, to guide you and help you with your taxes and you shouldn’t risk relying on someone you don’t have the confidence in to do that job.
If you are one of those people who are looking for a tax accountant, consider these pointers first before hiring anyone.
Ask for recommendations. This is always a good start-off point in hiring a tax accountant. Ask people you know who have their finances in check if they can recommend someone who can do your taxes for you. Business associates or friends are good people to go to to ask for recommendations since they will give you an honest opinion on how their accountant performs as well as the good and bad points about the accountant that they hired. Be sure to ask several friends and colleagues as well, not just one or two.
Once you have asked for accountant recommendations, list down their names and contact information for easy reference. If you can remember the good and bad points given by those who have recommended them, it is good to note them as well in pros and cons.
Once you have five or more accountant recommendations, give each one a call to talk about having them take care of your taxes for you. You will get an initial feel of how the accountant works this way; if they are attentive, if they are accommodating and so on. It is also good to find an accountant who can be easily contacted in case you have an important matter that you have a tax matter to discuss immediately. Be sure to ask for their price ranges as well, especially if you have to consider the amount you’re going to have to pay your tax accountant for their services. Don’t be afraid to spend on a good, highly recommended accountant; it is better to pay someone extra who can do the job well than pay someone little who does a sloppy or bad job-again these are your taxes we are talking about and if they are not organized well, you could have a lot of trouble later on.
Lastly, try to interview the accountants thoroughly, it is good to find out if they have previously done accounting similar to your accounting needs (for example if you are engaged in an e-commerce business, or if they have done taxes for someone with debts) as going with a candidate who already has experience in handling taxes similar to what yours will potentially look like will be helpful.