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How To Procure The Services Of A Tax Accountants Who Wont Land An individual In Jail

Inquire any accountant regarding their profession and they will almost certainly tell you one general description of their trade: it is a highly painstaking calling. Accountants, the thing is, deal with details. They cant pay the slightest mistake as their job tackles amounts, and a single mistake would lead to the total failure of the purpose of their service. This is most especially true for any tax accountant, such as his hands lie the interests of his client along with the interests of the Condition or the Federal government.

Income taxes are the lifeblood from the economy. Seriously, how frequently have you heard that line? Its true though. Without taxes, we might too work for the French. The significance about taxes, however, is not a detriment to our personal interests. Keeping things in order is vital for us, so that our own financial well-being will not be jeopardized. And most of the time, this responsibility devolves within reach of the tax accountant.

Choosing the right tax accountancy firm for our needs is tantamount to choosing a company partner. It may even end up being tantamount to choosing any spouse, as some of the characteristics of the former are shared with the latter. Lets take a look at the things you should think about in selecting the perfect taxes accountant for you.

Is the tax accountancy firm youre eyeing faithful? He should be able to stay true to the interests without doing anything illegal on your behalf.

– Could you rely on this kind of accountant for his / her devoted support? There will be times when you would need him to attend to your needs on the fly. You wouldnt know once the IRS would call and question some pieces of your tax return, in the end. Could you count on your own tax accountant to be there for you whenever those possibilities take place?

* Does the professional youre considering have got credibility? If he has been involved in some fiasco previously, you might as well try to find someone else. Yes, folks should be given an additional chance to prove by themselves, but with delicate issues like your taxes, a lot more care should be observed.

* Does the particular tax accountant youre seeking profess mastery over the services hes offering? The reason why youre planning to get a duty accountant is to free you from the tasks that would usually require so much time to total yourself. You will want to avoid wasting time and effort, and only a veteran tax accountant can guarantee this.

Indeed, a tax accountant is utilized in a very sensitive area. Hence, you should also workout extreme care in choosing the one that would serve your requirements well.

Comments: 59

  1. Chana May 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm Reply

    Do I have to take a Capital Gain? Can I give the money as a gift to avoid being taxed on the money? What about my unclaimed salary as owner?

    I plan to speak with a tax accountant, thought I’d get some insight before hand.

  2. Jimmie June 9, 2013 at 4:38 am Reply

    Last month an air traffic controller let his kids give instructions to planes at JFK. Clearly, this was a bad idea.

    But what would be worse? Letting your kid take your place as a tax accountant? Dentist? Surgeon?

    C’mon, make us all laugh.

  3. Tressa July 26, 2013 at 2:26 am Reply

    Position is for a Tax Accountant I position, entry-level, no experience required. I have a Bachelor’s in Accounting, and working toward my MBA which they are paying for.
    Sorry, should have added this is private accounting, not public

  4. Idalia August 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    What is the best way to maximise my tax return? I have a very straight forward tax return, not in sales, can only claim a few things. Would I be better going to a tax accountant or should I do it myself online?

  5. Ariel August 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Don’t feel like paying a grand to CA that I supposedly “owe.” Could there be something wrong with online TaxAct service I am using? Is HR block or tax accountant a better choice?

  6. Casey August 24, 2013 at 4:51 am Reply

    I am a tax accountant and I would like to create POS system that starts at the tax requirements (sales and income) and works back to business functions. What kind of programming skills do I need and how do I create a POS system?

  7. Anton September 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm Reply

    My brother is 19, attends school, doesn’t/didn’t make any income.
    My dad’s income is too low to provide full support for 3 persons. So I pay support for my brother. Also, I made more than what my dad made in 2007.
    Tax accountant said me and my dad both can claim my brother. Is that true?

  8. Lorna October 3, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply

    I am a senior in accounting and plan to work in tax direction. I am thinking of being a tax strategist. Anybody know what it takes to become a tax strategist for a tax accountant? Are tax strategist and tax attorney the same thing? I don’t see going to law school is good for me because I am bad at English and it’s not my native tongue. Thanks!

  9. Tyson October 8, 2013 at 4:09 am Reply

    I am a full time graduate student. 24 years old. I wanted to know how I can maximize my tax refund.

    So far I am giving my tax accountant my W2, 1098t, Charity Donation receipts, parking permit fee receipt, textbook receipts, and laptop receipt for school. Is there anything else I can claim as a student to make a bigger refund check? Is there anything I can claim outside from being a student?

  10. Ranae October 24, 2013 at 5:09 am Reply

    My Tax accountant have all my tax papers, He filled for extension in April since he was too busy to file my returns then, a month ago he told me that he will get them done in the next two weeks, and now he is not returning my calls and his office is closed.

    Isn’t Monday Oct 15th by midnight is the next deadline for filing the taxes?

    Since he is not returning my calls, what are my options before the deadline?

    Once the deadline passes and since he has all my statements, what should I do as next step to avoid further losses of time, efforts and money??

    Should I contact the Better Business Bureau California? should I take him to small claim court? or would I need higher court for more than $5K?
    so what can i do before the deadline passes (Monday Midnight??)

  11. Monte October 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply

    What if someone didn’t file their taxes for a few years and most of the time they wouldn’t owe anything and some of the years they owed a little bit? And they hired a company called NADA and paid them a few thousand dollars and the company kept acting like they were helping but in the end kept acting like all the paperwork was lost and to keep resending it. Then the person hired a tax accountant who worked with them for a while and then the person started having their wages garnished and the tax professional won’t answer the phone calls. Can the person get the amount owed reduced? They can’t buy afford to buy groceries? Is there interest and penalities accruing on the amount owed even if wages are garnished? How can you sue NADA and/or the tax professional? If the person is married but the spouse owned their home previously, can the home be taken?
    The tax professional is an attorney. How can you know who is good and who isn’t?

  12. Ronny December 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I mean the Tax Code is so complex and include so many clauses and exceptions that it requires the help (and give work to thousands of them) of a tax accountant. Basically, declaring your taxes is something that is imposed by the society, so it should be easy.

    Why don’t we have a simple Tax system in Canada (such as, everybody is paying a 20% flat rate) ? Can I go to Court to challenge the actual Tax system?
    I would love to see those A-holes of accountants out of work for good…

  13. Granville December 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Hi everyone, I have always used a personal Tax account for my taxes. However, I was chatting with a co-worker who uses Turbo Tax and claims that it is just as good as using a Tax Accountant. I couldn’t confirm or deny for I have never used Turbo Tax. So my question is, is it in fact the same. The only difference is Turbo Tax being cheaper? Or is using a CPA better? And what is the difference between the two. Thanks!!!!

  14. Valda December 23, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

    Which accounting job is the most fulfilling and in demand? tax accountant? forensic accountant?

  15. Sherwood December 23, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    I know there is an audit and a tax accountant, but are there any other types of accountants?

  16. Reynaldo January 1, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply

    I am the treasurer on the board of directors at a small non-profit school. Our tax accountant did not file a schedule O on last year’s tax return and we have not been charged a penalty. We have been denied an abatement because the accountant did the same thing the year before. I didn’t know about the previous year’s problem (obviously we have to fix this communication problem). I am currently working on an appeal but I am curious about the accountant’s liability. I was told by the IRS that it is our responsibility to approve the return and I did, as far as accuracy. What I didn’t know is that a separate form was required. How is an organization to be held responsible for this when we hire a professional for this very task? Any opinions are appreciated.
    Sorry, we HAVE been charged a penalty.

  17. Marion January 14, 2014 at 6:03 am Reply

    I want to know how much tax accountants at the big 4 and large regional firms make. I’d also like to know their promotion track and their exit oportunities.

    I hard tax accountants can get jobs in mergers and acquisitions, i’d like to know how much they make and doing what exactly?

    Also how much traveling does a tax accountant have to do. I am more interested in tax than audit, one of the factors being travel.

  18. Odis January 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Me and my husband file our income taxes last year and our tax accountant filed me-( married filing head of household) and my (husband- married filing separate). Well evidently, that was wrong. I was just wondering if it is or not.

  19. Rey January 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply

    I’ve always used an accountant to file my taxes but need to cut back on expenses and thought about using Turbo Tax. I think my filing is fairly straight forward, disability income, medical & insurance expenses, interest income, contributions, etc. Does TT ask all the pertinent questions and provide the most current credits and deductions? I’ve become very accountant dependent and am concerned about filing a proper return…can I trust TT?

  20. Rosy February 14, 2014 at 8:06 am Reply

    i am overseas and had to fax all my income tax documents to my accountant in the States March 30th.. Today is the 14th and even though I bothered him often pressuring him to do my taxes he is taking his time and every day he tells me he is almost done. I really think I will not meet the deadline. I know that overseas you can file until June, but I think I owe taxes this year and know they must be submitted by the 15th. What are the penalties for filing late? What is the interest?

  21. Terrence February 21, 2014 at 4:48 am Reply

    My husband and I need to amend our taxes because previously we filed separately due to tax debt. Now that the debt is paid, we need to file jointly. I need to decide whether it’s more cost effective to hire an accountant or do it myself. They are charging $750 to amend six years. I am a full time graduate student; my husband is a half-time grad student; he works full time (my jobs have been small) and we have some interest income. Other than that, our taxes should be relatively simple. I anticipate getting marital tax breaks and student tax breaks, which should save us thousands, according to the accountant.

    Will I find the same breaks if I amend them myself? Should I amend them? If so, is Turbo Tax the best?

  22. Walton February 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Do you see yourself staying in your field for the long term?

  23. Carla February 22, 2014 at 1:44 am Reply

    I was given redundancy in aug last year. Do I pay tax on Notice pay – Redundancy and Severance – Redundancy payments received as I was not taxed on these on exit
    I only want answers from registered accountants in Australia. Thankyou

  24. Dorthea February 22, 2014 at 2:16 am Reply

    As in, who is his boss?
    Who is the overseer, the “higher-up”?

  25. Stacee February 22, 2014 at 2:16 am Reply

    I’m an undergraduate accounting student intrested in taxation, I looking for some info on what its like to work in the field; i.e. is there lots of auditing, etc.

  26. Britany February 22, 2014 at 2:41 am Reply

    Do you spend most of your time looking for loopholes and finding out ways for people and organizations to avoid paying taxes?

    When you do, do you feel as if you are doing something morally wrong?

    Many taxes are used for social servies to help people who are less well-off. Does the work of a tax accountant somehow work against these social services (because of the focus on finding ways for people to pay less tax)?

  27. Caren February 22, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

    I’m moving to Germany to teach English, and I am leasing out my condo here, so I have US rental income. This tax year is going to be very complicated, and I want advice from someone who does personal international taxes… Can someone point me in the right direction?

  28. Rodrick February 22, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

    smaller accounting firms that handle taxes for people and really small businesses,
    do the accountants that work there need to pass a test or get a license?

  29. Davis February 22, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

    Can someone explain to me exactly what a tax accountant’s job is? What do they do? How many hours they work a day? Is it hard? And things like that.

  30. Lauren February 22, 2014 at 3:30 am Reply

    If I amend my tax return already e filed by my accountant….will my accountant be notified i amended it ? I want to fix something myself, but didnt know if he would find out ? Thanks

  31. Chana February 22, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    As in skills, not qualifications. Can one do the other persons job?

  32. Ryan February 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm Reply

    my mom and i were discussing this:

    if you get arrested for tax evasion, does your accountant also get arrested?

    all answers and explanations are welcomed

    thank you =)

  33. Virgil February 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Are any of you particularly grateful at this time of year for an accountant who takes all of your records from the previous year and transforms them into a understandable document for the IRS?

  34. Eboni February 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Specifically, what are the unique job functions which separate one category of professional from the other? Does the attorney file tax returns? Does the accountant keep up with the tax laws? Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.

  35. Rosann February 25, 2014 at 9:12 am Reply

    I am a uni student with a part time job. Last financial year (mid 08 to mid 09) i earned $4985 from my casual job with $318 tax with held, and received $9,500 youth allowance (total taxable income $15000). My tax return was about $350, and I had almost no tax deductions.

    This financial year, I earned $19,900 from my casual job with $1694 tax with held, and received $4650 from youth allowance (total taxable income about $25,000). I had about $300 or tax deductions, but my tax return was $76. When the accountant did my tax return with no deductions (we both thought it was low), my tax return came to about $50.

    I dont understand why i didnt get at least the same as last year for my tax return. You dont get taxed on the first $5000 right? So shouldn’t I have gotten at least $318? I dont understand why it is so low.
    Thankyou in advance for your feedback.

  36. Rusty February 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm Reply

    I am considering changing careers and I would like more information on how to become an accountant or accounting clerk. Preferably what classes or degree you will need to become an accountant. If possible I would like to know what education (certificate or degree) is the minimum required to begin working in the field as I work on completing my education.

  37. Nolan March 6, 2014 at 4:58 am Reply

    I need to do my tax return and am a tax law retard. Can anyone recommend a good tax accountant in Adelaide? I am looking for a service that is cheap-ish, local and thorough.

  38. Nilsa March 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I need to know how many tax accountants there are (# of people) and the number of tax accountant practices, but haven’t been able to find the number…This is a challenging one!

  39. Lesley March 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm Reply

    What are the day-to-day duties of a tax accountant?

  40. Monte March 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I was wondering how people find good tax accountant other than word of mouth. I’ve gone to H&R Block and they’ve made mistakes on my taxes last year. I’m not sure who else I can trust.
    Thanks in advance.

  41. Crystle March 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Hi there,
    My husband and I bought Turbo Tax to do our 2012 taxes. After entering everything, Turbo Tax said we owed $600–hence no tax return.

    When I was on EI, I choose the wrong selection online and I did not have taxes taken off. I have phoned the government to inquire about this and they say I owe $1000 because I did not have taxes taken off.

    We donated $2000 for charitable donations, claimed $1900 for childcare, claimed our two dependents and claimed $192 for tuition for one of our sons. (This seemed to make no difference on our tax return when we entered the information!)

    I have EI overpayments to claim but what box do I enter them in?

    I went back to work two months early so I took a 10 month maternity leave only. While on EI, I made $17,384.

    We normally get a tax return of $5000-$6000. I do not know what to do…

    Is TurboTax junk? Would hiring an accountant make a difference? My husband does not want to hire an accountant and pay them $200 if we owe the Government money anyways.

    Please give me advice!
    I made 4756.32 while working. (Not net.)

  42. Reita March 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Is Accounting the same as a Tax Preparer? If so I know someone who is a Tax Preparer and did not go to school well she did but for something basic? Is an Accounting degree useless?

  43. Valentin March 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm Reply

    As a whole, I do believe it has a shot at making things better, but as an individual, a tax accountant, a CPA, I do not want this to pass. (I’m a new CPA, I have many years to go).

    This scares me that I will lose my job. I would think it’s fair that we all get reimbursed for school if that were to pass. (Imagine racking up a big debt to have your degree rendered worthless)

    Anyways sorry for babbling, what do you all think?

  44. Garry March 20, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    I decided to go into Tax Accountant Career. What options are there besides Public Accountant in Tax Accounting career with a CPA.
    Also-whats corporate tax accountant? IRS auditor? Do they need CPAs?

  45. Marshall March 20, 2014 at 6:49 am Reply

    Can anyone give me help or links on corporate tax returns…break down of its concepts and maybe a line per line summary of how each works. I’m starting a new job soon regarding corporate tax returns for a CPA firm, so if anyone out there are tax accountants responsible for corporate tax returns, please could you give me some tips on what to focus on and what I should really study before I start??? THanks
    I’m actually gonna work for a Big 4 firm so chances are their clientele’s worth are in the 10’s of millions…im just very doubtful so i figured i’ve asked a few questions for all you guys

  46. Hung March 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm Reply

    I took mat leave from January 2012 – November 1, 2012. I am worried about my tax rebate since I have read various things. Mat Leave Income Jan – Nov: $14,640 Work Income Nov/Dec: $4080. (After taxes.) LAST YEAR INFO Husband’s total income: $75,486.83, Taxable Income: $68,544.99, Net Income: $51,408.Husband basic amount: $10,527, 2 children X 2,131=4,262. cpp: $2,217.60, EI Premium: $786.76, Canada employment amount: $1,065. Donations and gifts $1,000. LAST YEAR INFO FOR ME–My income basic amount: $10,527, CPP: $1,525, EI: $609.82, Canada employment amount: $1065. THIS YEAR INFO Childcare expenses: $2,000. Tuition: $500 Universal Child Care/Other Child Benefit: $2,280. My husband’s income is pretty much the same as I provided, except for my info since I was obviously on mat leave. Do you think I will get a decent tax return or is it too hard to know? I have heard of people owing after maternitiy leave…

  47. Tristan March 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

    Hi everyone i have a question here. I recently am filing my taxes late for the previous year. However, i am having an accountant do it who lives in another state. I had to send him a copy of the documents he needed to do my taxes. At the moment, he is still currently working on it. The thing is i had to sign this document where it shows that i want him to do my taxes. I also have given him all my information such as my name, address, SS and everything else.

    The thing is i kind of want to have him not do it and want someone else to do the taxes for me. Would it be possible to tell him to not do my taxes and that i found another person? The thing is i kind of now want someone i want to meet face to face to do my taxes so he can answer all my questions. I know he started on my taxes already but if i just pay him whatever i was suppose to owe to him, would it be possible for him to just not file my taxes?

    I would like to know am i obligated to turn him down right now or is it too late? And whether i have my taxes done next month or say in September, would he know all this information?

  48. Dyan March 27, 2014 at 12:48 am Reply

    what’s the difference and how is job growth in these fields?

  49. Fermin April 21, 2014 at 2:19 am Reply

    My tax accountant asked to come to their office to pick up the tax return they prepared. I wanted to review the tax report before I pay for it. Can I ask them to e-mail it to me for my review first? I guess they may afraid that I walk away with it without paying. What is the common practice in such case?

  50. Quinn April 22, 2014 at 1:19 am Reply

    which one is better?

  51. Joellen May 15, 2014 at 1:06 am Reply

    nowadays, despite more and more people prefer to use the tax software to file their tax return, i think the a professional and sophisticated tax accountant is still needed to file those more complcated tax returns. right?

  52. Lonnie May 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply


    I started my business last year (May 2008). Is it best to use an Accountant for filing my taxes, or is Business Tax software better?

    If I went with an Accountant, what information is required?

  53. Fonda May 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Assume we’d need to start with the basics.

  54. Lillie May 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    I have been doing my taxes myself, and using standard deductions. I really didn’t have many expenses so it was pretty easy doing it myself.

    This year I purchased a house. The only expense I have now are the mortgage payments, and the other necessary basic expenses.

    Should I hire an Accountant this year?

  55. Antione June 8, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply

    I know the path to becoming either of these professionals differ.

    However, is the legal aspect only factor that separates the two professions? Which would have the most expertise on tax?

    Do tax lawyers make more than tax accountants?

    Do they perform similar job duties?

  56. Chas June 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I wanted to know what requirements do you need to meet to become an accountant, a successful one. I haven’t really taken any advanced math classes and haven’t been that straight A student either but I need to know if it’s too late to start training to be an accountant. This may sound odd but I really want to become an accountant, it just sounds like a really fun job. Anyway, I plan to go to college after high school, I am currently a junior, so what classes do I need to take to start becoming a tax accountant or any other accountant. What classes are required in college? How many years of college are needed? I basically want all the info you got on any type of accounting.

  57. Greta June 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

    I am 15, so please don’t give me answers with really professional words. I am having trouble understanding what Financial accountants do. I have a bit better of an idea of what a tax accountant does, but I am still confused. Could you give me a small summary about what each does? My mom, and sister both had/have the same problem of not knowing what they want to do after high school. My mom never really knew what she wanted to do, and my sister who is in college is having the same problem. I have been thinking for the past year of some possible things. All I know is that I love math. I am taking a financial Literacy class that is mandatory for all freshman to take and I think it is so interesting and fun. I was thinking of possibly going to college to be a tax accountant. But I wanted to get a better idea of what they do. Same thing with a financial accountant.

  58. Terry June 16, 2014 at 3:52 am Reply

    In preparing 2006 returns I have discovered my account may have incorrectly figured self-employment tax on several returns from past years, resulting in under-reporting of those taxes. I hold him fully responsible, after all this is what I pay him for. Is he financially liable for any taxes, penalties and interest that is owed as a result of those mistakes?

  59. Paulita June 17, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply

    I found a error on our taxes filed this year. They had filed my capatial gains all as short term gains vs long term. I had around 4,500 of long term capital gain. Our joint income was around 70,000. What is the difference on ther error of it all being in short term vs long term? I called out accountant and waiting for a reply back. What is the process and is there any additional cost to me? Also what is the tax saving from the mistake?

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