Tired of the painstaking task of figuring out your own taxes? Wondering why you have to waste your time filling out forms year after year? Thinking you should be able to get more money back when all is said and done?

Well, the solution to all your problems is simple. What you need is an accountant.

You could just wander around offering people money to do your taxes for you, but it’d probably be a better idea to find someone a bit more qualified. All you need to read this article and you’ll know just what to look for.

It’s time to pick the person to help solve your financial problems! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect accountant.

1. Don’t be cheap!

Yeah, okay, so the whole point of getting an accountant is saving money. There can be good, cheap accountants, and some accountants can be overpriced, but an accountant is also an investment.

A good accountant will save you money and leave you so satisfied you’ll know he was the worth the price you paid for. When it comes to investing your money, it isn’t a good idea to skimp.

2. Know how much you’ll spend

With number one in mind, you don’t want to go to someone you can’t afford. But if you spend so much you end up living in a cardboard box on the side of the road, getting your taxes filed right isn’t going to be a big help. Be thrifty, not cheap. Know what you’re getting.

3. Look out for the scam artists

When you see a sleazy accountant in a movie, you can spot him a mile off. Those shifty eyes, that evil smirk, that slicked back hair. This guy is up to no good. Unfortunately, real-life accountants won’t have any of those signs to give them away so easily – well, except perhaps for the slicked back hair.

Seriously though, not being stylish doesn’t mean an accountant is bad at his or her job. No, you have to be on the lookout for the people who guarantee lots of refunds. Yeah, I know, you *want* refunds. But promising you’ll get them is a sure sign the man is shady. Don’t trust it.

4. Get an experienced accountant

If you don’t want a fast go-over, it’s time to shop around. There are plenty of up-and-coming accountants who know their stuff and need to break into the business. I’d advice against going to them.

Accountants who have a successful and long-standing business have not only proven they can make it but will have customers whose reviews you can find online.

5. Like your accountant

You don’t need to go out to dinner with the guy or ask him out to the rugby, but be honest, do you want someone you think is a total creep handling your money? Of course not! You need someone who is not just a pro, but a friendly one. Get to know him before handing over your hard-earned cash.

6. Get the facts

As the last point noted, you want an accountant you can learn about. If you can’t get referrals from friends or family, look for reviews of the accountant online. Look for detailed reviews that will help you narrow down whether or not the accountant will be able to solve your particular needs, as an accountant who does well in one situation may not be as skilled in another.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

These are your taxes, even if you do want to pass them off to someone else. You know them, you love them, and you hate them. You know what problems you have. Ask your potential accountant any questions you have about them. If he can’t give you a straight answer, he’s not the man for you.

So you’ve read this article, and now you’re excited! Your heart’s racing, your mouth is spreading into a maniacal grin; you just can’t wait! You never thought you’d feel this way about an accountant, right? Well, that’s just because you didn’t know how good they could be until now.

An accountant can save you money, whether you’re a single person or an entire business. They can help you talk to the guys hoping to collect your debt. They can even become your friend. That’s some pretty exciting stuff right there, wouldn’t you agree?

Well, then, get off your computer and get searching. It’s time to find yourself an accountant!

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