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How to Find A Tax Accountant

We know finding a tax accountant can be difficult, and we want you to find your perfect fit. Even if it isn’t us.

Taxes are stressful all around. Sorting through years’ worth of paper trails, putting together receipts, and tracking down tax deductions adds a lot to your plate. Finding a tax accountant can help you manage filing taxes, and advise you throughout the year to help make financial decisions that will benefit you most.

Unfortunately, finding a trustworthy, certified, and reliable tax accountant isn’t always easy. With tax advisor horror stories covering news feeds around the nation, it can also feel impossible to trust anyone. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure you’re in the right hands.

Assess Your Needs

Before the search begins, take a moment to assess your specific needs and preferences. Factors such as the complexity of your tax situation, your budget, and any unique requirements you may have - such as expertise in certain industries or tax planning strategies.

Look for Qualifications & Experience

When evaluating and comparing tax accountants, prioritize those who possess the necessary qualifications and experience. Look for certifications such as CPA (Certified Public Accountant), or EA (Enrolled Agent) – which demonstrate a high level of expertise in tax matters. Inquire about their experience working with clients of similar situations or industries to ensure they have relevant knowledge and skills to meet your specific needs.

Seek Recommendations

Recommendations from friends and family can be invaluable. Consider seeking recommendations from other professionals in your network as well, such as financial advisors or attorneys – those who might have insights into reputable tax accountants.


In addition to more personal recommendations, take advantage of online resources to research tax accountants in your area. Spaces like Yelp, Google, and professional directories often feature reviews and ratings from clients. This provides insight into the quality of service provided by the professional. Pay attention to both the positive and negative reviews to get a balanced perspective.


After narrowing down a list of potential candidates, schedule a consultation with each candidate to discuss your needs, and get a feel for their suitability. Use this as an opportunity to ask questions about their qualifications, experience, and approach to clients. Consider asking the following questions:

-          What are your qualifications and credentials?

-          How long have you been practicing as a tax accountant?

-          What is your experience working with clients in a similar situation or industry?

-          What services do you offer and how do you approach tax planning and preparation?

-          How do you stay updated on changes to tax laws and regulations?

-          Can you provide references from past clients?

-          What are your fees and how are they structured?

-          Do you have personal liability insurance?

Finding the right accountant requires careful consideration and research, but, the effort is worth it for the peace of mind and financial benefits they can provide. By assessing your needs, seeking recommendations, researching qualifications, and asking the right questions during consultations, you can identify a qualified and trustworthy tax professional who meets your requirements. Remember, building a strong partnership with your tax accountant is a collaborative effort – prioritize open communication and mutual respect.

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