Using a Tax Attorney Vs A CPA
I just got audited, and boy do I feel unlucky. An audit is probably one of the worst things that anyone can go through. This is pretty much my personal hell, and I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.
I been working with an accountant on this past year’s audit, but I really don’t feel like that person has given me a lot of help. Some of this audit stuff is really only difficult due to my bad record-keeping, and I feel like I get a lot of this stuff together myself without having hired an accountant to help me.
Bottom line? My tax attorneys are people who have help me far more than my CPA has, and I think that if you’re going through an audit experience, you have to ask yourself who you’d rather want on your side-someone who manages your taxes, or a qualified professional who manages your taxes and has little bit of legal experience?
I found my tax attorneys online. I was able to go in and explained my audit situation to them, and they’ve been nothing but extremely helpful and grateful for my business from day one. Tax attorneys are as different as the day is long, so you really need to sit down to make a list of what types of qualifications you’re looking for the tax attorney, and make this applicable to your search.
One of the most important things for me was a free consultation. I don’t really get these tax attorneys who are charging people by the hour just to talk and to see if it’s a good fit. I’m already in danger of losing my hard-earned money, so I’m not going to risk any more issues with this audit by going and spending a bunch of money on someone who isn’t willing to show me that the proof is in the pudding. My bottom line is all about my dollar, so tax attorneys who want to work with me better be willing to prove their worth.
I want to write more a little bit later about how this audit is going and everything I’ve gone through, but I just wanted to pop in and briefly explain how important it is, or has been for me, to work with tax attorneys rather than a CPA on my audit. I know that H&R Block and TurboTax and a lot of other tax software programs offer audit support or assistance, but my situation is actually really strange and I think having tax attorneys help me has been the best choice.
I can’t really tell you how to run your business, but I can tell you to go with your gut. Work on your audit with a professional you feel comfortable with, and someone who obviously knows what they’re doing.