The question that I get asked most frequently at seminars is, “How do I find a good accountant?” Sadly, it is very tough finding the right, knowledgeable accountant.
First, not all accountants specialize in taxes. Many accountants perform audits, computer studies, and the like. Second, many accountants are timid! They would love for you to send in 100 percent of your income (less their accounting fee).
Accordingly, there are some questions that you can ask in order to see if an accountant is right for you. Here are some suggestions:
1. What designations or credentials do you have?
Look for enrolled agents (people who pass a special IRS examination), certified public accountants, ex-IRS agents, ...