(Closed) Back Taxes – Accountant Screw up

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d go complain to the accountant and see what they’ll do to help make this right for you.  You paid good money to have a professional do your taxes correctly, and they apparently didn’t.

Post # 4
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That is ridiculous! At the very least they should be refunding what you paid them and handling working this out with the government on your behalf, especially if you are being charged any sort of penalties or interest. I would say THEY are responsible for that since they are the professionals and screwed up!

I’m not sure how it works in Canada, but in the US if you owe back taxes you can typically set up a payment plan. It stinks you will still have to come up with quite a bit of money but it might not hurt as much if it is over an extended period of time.

Post # 5
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3145 posts
Sugar bee

It sounds like an original Revenue Service error and not the accountant’s fault originally. I used to work for a CPA (in the USA) and this happened often. It seems like they probably accidentally refunded you too much money, fixed their error, and now they want their money back. If the accountant you used is anything like the accountant I used to work for, you’ll never see him or her give you a refund.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@Elky:  Oh that’s too bad and very shady! The CPA I worked for always made sure we checked, double checked, and sometimes triple checked things. I know if a lot of accountants and tax preparers who do not and that’s how the CPA I used to work for got a lot of his business – from people who relied on others who did a terrible job and then we needed to fix their mistakes. Had he made a mistake though, he would not refund you too. Words cannot describe this man.

Post # 8
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3689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Maybe there’s a regulatory agency or professional association that at least you can make a complaint with about that accountant.  Other people need to know he sucks at his job.

I can screw up my taxes on my own.  I don’t need to pay someone big bucks to do it.

 

Post # 9
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Agreed with Strawbabies…check into where you can report this guy. If it was his choice to apply a deduction that wasn’t applicable to you, that is a major mistake on his part and he should be paying the interest/penalties and refunding the fee he charged you.

Sometimes the threat of reporting him to any applicable agencies can get people to react. First, find out what organizations are responsible for licensing/overseeing accountants in your country and if there is an organization for handling consumer complaints for issues similar to your’s. Once you have those names in hand, tell him you expect him to refund his fee and pay the interest/penalties which total X. If he does not pay within 30 days, you will be forced to contact A, B, C, and post reviews warning other potential clients of your experience.

Does he work for a company or is he a solo deal? If he works for a company, I’d go above his head first and see if you can get recourse that way. He might not want to tell on himself if that’s the case.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@Elky:  Oh yeah. Like everyone else says, if he is a professional CPA equivalent (don’t know what it is in Canada), you can definitely report him to his board. My old boss was always worried that somebody somewhere was going to report him even though he is generally very careful with things. One of his worst fears was losing his CPA license. No license means he can’t charge as much as he does and his business loses its reputation.

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