Say you've been using an online tax program for several years to do your taxes. Your needs were simple, so the program was all the help you needed. Suddenly, you find yourself self-employed or with a change in your life that requires the services of an accountant. Whether you own a small business, are self-employed or just have questions about your situation, an accountant can be an essential partner in your quest to minimize taxes and maximize deductions.
When shopping for an accountant, or even if you've used the same one for years, you need to be sure you're asking the right questions. Here are 10, in no particular order, that you may not have thought to ask, but that may be important to your finances. Many of these questions don't have a right or wrong answer, so find an accountant who doesn't mind the questions and provides the answers that make you most comfortable.