10 Good Reasons To Change Your Accountant

Most people pick an accountant and stick with him or her throughout their entire lifetimes or the lifetimes of their businesses.  Though this is perfectly understandable given the human tendency to “stay the course”, it can be counterproductive in the long run.

I’ve put together 10 reasons you should consider changing accountants.  Though not all may be applicable to your situation, I encourage you to give the following reasons to switch accountants some thought.

Scott’s 10 Reasons to Change Accountants:

1.  Your accountant doesn’t explain his/her ideas to you.  Instead, he/she simply acts “the expert”, expecting you to find enjoyment and value in listening to him/her pontificate.

2.  Your accountant is constantly saying “no” rather than listening to what you want to do.  He/she doesn’t even attempt to formulate ideas to help you reach your true goals.

3.  Your accountant doesn’t listen to you when you tell him/her what you want to accomplish long-term or short-term.

4.  Your accountant thinks he/she is an expert on everything – including items that have nothing to do with finances.  Consequently, he/she speaks off-the-cuff and rarely researches the ramifications of his/her suggestions.

5.  You only see and/or talk to your accountant once a year, providing very little opportunity to create a relationship.

6.  Everything with your accountant is always “last minute”, affording you practically no time to make changes or ask questions.

7.  Your accountant doesn’t provide a prior-to-year-end tax projection or update.

8.  Your accountant offers one-word answers that make you wonder if he/she even fully understands the situation at hand.

9.  Your accountant agrees with everything you say, which makes you wonder if he/she is simply avoiding telling you things that might be hard for you to hear.

10.  Your accountant only talks numbers and taxes, nothing else.  You feel absolutely no connection with him or her.

If at least 2 of the 10 statements above describe your accountant, you really should make a change.  You’re paying for a service that your accountant isn’t giving you.  And that never makes “cents”.

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