Are you in the process of hiring an accountant? If so, then there are a few key questions you should be asking. Remember, you’re hiring an accountant for a purpose – prepare your tax return, bookkeeping, tax planning and so on. It’s your right to have your questions answered. Here’s what you should be asking:
How long have you been an accountant?
What time of services do you provide?
What are your hours?
What is your policy on returning questions and phone calls?
What are your fees and how are they calculated?
What continuing education programs do you attend or does your staff attend?
Can you provide me a list of references?
A majority of these questions apply whether you’re an individual or a small business owner.