It doesn’t matter if you are trying to take care of your taxes, or just figuring out your finances, hiring the best accountant you can is important. Unfortunately, there are many out there that have less experience than an accountant needs to properly manage your money.

Before putting your full trust in somebody for your finances, look at the warning signs that show a bad accountant.

Unreasonable promises

Some accountants will try and make you unreasonable promises. If what they are saying is too good to be true in any situation, then you need to look further into what they are doing to find out how much of what is being said is accurate.

If they are making these promises before even seeing your finances, walk away from that situation.

They probably will leave you in a worse predicament than you started.

Find an accountant who can promise to do your work honestly, without cutting any corners. They can still find you the best deals they know how, but in an upstanding way. This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. When it comes to finances, it is better to get it right the first time.

Altering the truth

There are some areas that are not completely clear when it comes to finances. A good accountant will talk his clients through these points, outlining everything they can to ensure you get the most for your money, but that it is all done in the right way.

Anything that you do with your taxes that seems suspicious will make you the perfect candidate for an audit, which is a hassle whether you did things the right or wrong way. An honest accountant should not encourage you to exaggerate finances beyond what they are, but rather take advantage of what you do have.

The credentials

Before filing your tax return or seeking financial advice, make sure that your accountant has the credentials to help you out. Anybody can file their own taxes, but only those with the credentials required can receive payment for assisting others with the process. Choose an accountant who has the proper education and knowledge to conduct business.

Before hiring an accountant, do some research to make sure they have a Preparer Tax Identification Number. To further ensure your accountant is upstanding in their business, look into their ranking at the Better Business Bureau.

Here you can find how long they have been in business, what their professional history has been, and what other credentials they have in the field. Those who are hesitant of putting their fiscal responsibility in the hands of another can find the best accountant with the longest history of excellence in the business.

Before hiring an accountant, do the research. Look out for the sings that reveal an awful accountant. You can never be too safe when you are dealing with your money, especially when it comes to taxes. Find the accountant that will save you the most money, in an honest way.

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Cassie Costner writes for honest accountants, and how to detect those who are not. She is interested in financial responsibility, and when the best time is to hire an accountant.