Tax season is in full swing and that means referrals are more important than ever.
There have been many changes in the tax legislation this year and the topsy-turvy economy means that the difference between finding an accountant, and finding the “right” accountant, is that much more important. Find accountants that others refer to you.
Most state agencies and watch-groups agree that having friends, family, or a colleague refer you to the right accountant is the way to go. The consequence for haphazardly hiring an accountant can range from mediocre service to malpractice.
“Get referrals from your financial institution, attorney, family or friends.”
Nashville Business Journal
If you’re a small business owner tax season means you have a few weeks left to send some business referrals to your trusted accountant. You can be certain that your accountant will have plenty of time to think about returning the favor; after April
And if you’re seeking your own personal accountant, then be smart about where you look. Avoid decisions based on advertisements. Literally, anyone can print up an ad but not just anyone can build an enduring reputation for quality work.
“Initially family, friends and associates can be a reliable source…”
Eric Taylor, Helium
If you don’t know any good accountants, you may want to check a business directory. Look for peer and client reviews. Avoid “pay to list” directories as any accountant with a few dollars can pay to be on a list, thus it is an advertisement and not a referral.
It’s your money, be smart about it.