“Tested Tax Attorney and Certified Public Accountant help New York State and IRS taxpayers with tax issues, including the filing of returns, late payments, unpaid tax bills, and investigations and audits. Call now for an easy no-cost evaluation and consultation.” This quote from a website of a tax attorney in my hometown is quite common.
Free consultations are not always available and the ones that do are usually limited to tax attorneys and CPAs in my town. Most people who get these free consultations are very disappointed with the services that they get.
Tax attorneys and CPAs can offer an attorney-like service. A free consultation is meant to help the client with his or her tax related issues. A free consultation will include advice on filing of taxes, payment of taxes and related procedures and advise clients on the filing status of their returns and the correct filing status of other financial documents.
Most tax attorneys and CPAs offer their clients a free consultation as a courtesy. In exchange of a consultation fee, the attorney and CPAs give the client a free initial assessment of his or her case and recommend options to resolve the case.
The free consultation will only last a short period of time, depending on the level of expertise of the attorney. For example, some CPAs may only offer a free consultation to the first five clients that contact them. If you need a free consultation as soon as possible, do not hesitate to call the number given on the website and ask for one.
When you sign up for a free consultation, expect to be told all kinds of information, but don't take it at face value. You should be able to ask questions and get answers. If the attorney or CPAs don't answer your questions or aren't very responsive, then there is something wrong.
An attorney or CPA can be very helpful if you have a tax problem or concern. However, when it comes to choosing the best attorney or accountant for your tax needs, it is important to consider the amount of time and effort he or she has invested into your tax problems. This is true regardless of whether or not they charge a consultation fee. Since the amount of work that goes into a tax attorney's or CPA's practice is relatively low compared to a professional tax service, there are going to be few people who are qualified to provide the same level of care in your case.
Remember that an attorney is going to be a much more experienced person than a CPA or lawyer. Even though the attorney will cost you money upfront, they will have done the necessary homework to determine whether the problem is serious enough to warrant charging you for services. If they find that there is a problem with your return that warrants a consultation fee, he or she can explain to you how to pay for their services, but there will most likely be a set monthly or annual fee.
An attorney or CPA is an asset in helping you deal with your taxes. If you are able to find an attorney or CPAs near me that you are comfortable with, make sure you thoroughly discuss all of your options with your attorney and make sure that he or she is fully prepared to handle your case.