People trust accountants with their money. They trust that the accountant will manage their finances, make sure they legally pay the least amount of taxes and make sure all tax documents are prepared on time. While all accountants need professional training and have to pass a certification exam so accountants are better than others. There are some things to look for in a good accountant.
Professional accounts can help with everything from book-keeping for a small business to representing a person if they are audited. Before hiring an accountant make sure they are accredited and their license is in good standing. Be sure to ask about the services that are offered. Ask about the price of the services as well and anything that may be extra. It is important to know the fees so there are no surprises. Some people may need a certified public accountant while others may just need a good accountant to help file their tax return and answer some questions.
Be sure to shop around and speak with different accountants before deciding to hire one. A person should feel comfortable speaking with the accountant. They should also find out what services the accountant can provide and if they are a right fit for their needs.
This is something else that should be done before hiring a good account. To make sure the account is indeed good be sure to check out their reference. It is fine to ask to speak with clients to get a feel for how the accountant conducts their business. If a person is looking for a certified public accountant they should check out with the state CPA registries to make sure they are actually certified and their certification is in good standing. They should also check out the accountant on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to make sure there are no current complaints or judgments against the accountant.
Accountants are very busy. They have a lot of clients that rely on their services. This does not mean that they should not take the time to respond to any questions or concerns that their clients make have. A good accountant is able to communicate effectively. A person should get a call back from the accountant or a response to their email within a 24 to 48 hour time period. All reports and tax documents need to be filed in a timely manner. A person is trusting the accountant with their finances. If they are too busy to return phone calls a person may worry if they are too busy to file all of the documents on time.
These are just some things to look for in a good accountant. A good accountant is certified, in good, standing, able to communicate effectively, and is at the top of their field. A person is trusting the accountant with all of their finances. It is important to find someone that is knowledgeable and responsive before using their accounting services.