We formed our LLC a few months back. We're developing a software product and we're planning to launch a very small private beta test in about a month. I'll be doing our bookkeeping, but I need help setting up. I'm looking for an accountant to help me set up our books, help with end year tax stuff, and anything else that comes up through out the year. I'd like to meet and interview someone before making a decision to trust them with our finances.
What questions should I ask potential accountants when interviewing them?
Here are a few I've come up with:
Great question, but as a side note the best thing you can do is find outside references.
Interviewing an accountant is like interviewing a lawyer or doctor -- in fact there's nothing you can ask to truly know if they'll be capable and attentive and not screw something up and not charge you too much.
You're really interviewing for red flags and personality mis-match. Everything else you have to absorb from references.
Those are all great questions. Here are some that are worth adding:
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I didn't have that problem because I'm using the same accountant that is filling my personal income taxes for the last 10 years.
I think you should find an accountant firm with a good reputation in your area if possible so you can visit often if needed. Then you can choose from the accountants that work there to pick the one with the most experience in LLCs.