April of each year is not the only time you may need the services of a certified public accountant. If you are like many Americans, filing your own taxes can be too complicated a process or maybe you want to find every little deduction possible, so you seek out a reputable CPA. Taxes can be an overwhelming discussion, let alone the actual process of figuring and filing them can be very, well, taxing.
So, if you are in need of a CPA what do you look for in their services and who do you trust? First of all it will depend partly on the need you have for your taxes. If you are looking for a CPA to handle business taxes, then that can be sometime different then just looking for a CPA to figure your personal taxes. Determining your need will help you narrow down the list of CPA’s for your choosing.
As with any service, you will want to research the company or individual CPA to see what is their reputation and even ranking with the Better Business Bureau. Once you have established credibility, then you may want to look at some other criteria. Other things to consider are experience, size of the firm, and rates.
Find out how much experience they have in the type of tax preparation they would be doing for you. If they do not have the experience you are looking for, then maybe look elsewhere. Also, look at the size of the firm. If you only need personal tax preparation, then a large CPA firm may not been the service you need. An individual CPA may meet your requirements.
The rate being charged will be a selling point. Most firms will have a set rate they charge according to the amount of work required, or dollar amount expected from the tax return. It may be a good idea to take your previous year’s tax filings with you to an initial meeting with a CPA so they can accurately quote a rate to you for their services.
Interviewing the potential CPA is important and can give you valuable information on which to base your decision to hire them or not. You need to feel comfortable talking with the CPA in order to help them carry out their job. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking with a certain individual, then you will not want to speak to them on a personal matter like finances. Finding a reputable CPA is very doable, just be sure you feel at ease with them handling your personal matters.