I have also had my ?share? of ?doozies? for accountants and CPAs these past couple ?o years. - Posted by SusanL.–FL
Posted by SusanL.–FL on February 11, 2000 at 09:53:06:
One that Kenny and I had used for years and years [Person: A] was ?good? but he also had a shyster side to him and he didn?t mind ?$gouging$ people.
I had opened a corporation late in ?96 (but never used it). (What we had intended to use it for, never materialized.)
When ?Person: A? was doing my ?96 taxes, he charged me $950.00 (!!!) for filling out the one or two Corporate forms for my tax return. I thought this was outrageous! First of all, he knew I was having SERIOUS financial problems that year. Secondly, I had referred a LOT of business his way over the years (not to mention the slew of letters I had sent out [on my own for him] to my renters ?n friends trying to help drum up business for for his new insurance company!) Howz that for a kick in the chops.
(We have since parted ways, and not amicably either?)
After that little episode, I interviewed MANY CPA?s before I found a ?reputable? one. Palatial offices in a highrise right in the heart of $Sarasota$. Thought I had hit paydirt.
I submitted all my 1997 ?stuff? to him in December, 1998. I was running late that year (and was ?on the cuff? for a $1,000 late fee?right from the git go).
Told him that I wanted this ?return? submitted on for BEFORE the April 15 deadline—so that I could ?get back on track? again. Good luck Charlie?.
I hounded this guy for months and MONTHS to complete this return ! He kept losing papers; I kept faxing duplicates. I finally had to call the owner of the firm to get my dang tax return back. R U ready for this? It took me S-E-V-E-N months—for which I paid MORE late fees!!!
?And get this—I asked for a quote from him before he started?.They sent me a bill for DOUBLE the amount originally quoted!!! (probably storage fees for my paperwork) I paid the original quote, marked ?paid in full? on my check, and sent it back to the owner with a letter. They cashed it and I never heard another word from any of them.
P.S. ?Persona B? had to ask ?Person A? for a copy of my depreciation schedule. ?Person A? refused to provide it.
?Person C? (This was the magic number! )
I asked for an approximate quote from her at the start. She completed the return in a timely fashion and had to correct several mistakes from ?Person B?s along the way.
It turned out that she put in 26 hours total on my return—far and above exceeded her original quote. In this case, I insisted on paying her for the time she had put in but she absolutely refused to take a penny more than what she had quoted me.
(I sent her a gift certificate from a store near her office afterward.)
Happy ending though. I finally found someone who knew what she was doing!