Wednesday, February 24, 2016
I fired my accountant
I had used the same CPA firm for many years, continuing to do so, post divorce. Tax filings were complicated, returns had to be amended. Fees charged seemed appropriate.
Fast forward to my 2014 return, for which I had submitted my paperwork to an associate in the firm really early (I am asked to fill out a worksheet, provide some documentation)who appears to do nothing more than type the figures into the computer, print out the returns and have the head CPA/owner "sign off" on them. It took them months to complete my returns. I wasn't happy with that at all; never did get any explanation for the delay.
Once they were done, they mailed my documents back along with a copy of my returns; I blanched at the enclosed bill for services. I e-mailed the associate and questioned why, yet again, the fees are up, yet 2014 was a very, very imple return. She wrote back, advising that the CPA owner was deducting $25 as a courtesy. @@ They lost my business.
It's tax time again, and after getting some recommendations, I have an appointment this weekend with a local CPA. We spoke on the phone today. Her guestimation is that the return she prepares would be approx. 1/3 of what I had been charged last year.