Attention tax preparers. Does the complaint below sound familiar?
Attention tax clients: Is @taxmegan talking about you?
Now I'm sure -- OK, pretty sure -- that Megan is kidding about inflicting physical pain on her less-than-ideal client.
What not to do: Failure to provide all necessary information to your tax preparer is a major complaint from those who make their livings doing taxes and tax planning for others.
Being very late in finally getting your tax pro the material is right up there with client haphazardness.
And as Megan pointed out, while it royally irritates your tax pro, it also is likely to cost you money.
You're going to have to pay for the additional time your preparer spends filling out and then re-filling forms as you straggle in week after week with additional information.
And if you never get all the tax material or provide wrong data to your preparer, he or she won't be able to find all the tax breaks to which you're entitled, meaning you'll likely leave some of your money in Uncle Sam's hands.
Hellish tax clients: Last year, I asked readers Are you a good or bad tax client?
Given that we're into crunch tax filing time and that I've heard from a fair share of tax pros who are venting about clients from hell, it's time to reprise that post.
Here are a couple of this year's comments via Twitter:
From @joebwan, "The time to tell the tax pro about big tax events is before they happen, not when you bring in your stuff." Also, "Nothing costs more than cheap tax advice."
And both Joe and @going_concern note that if you're just now getting in touch with your tax pro, be prepared to file for an extension.
In addition to being timely, the high points from my earlier post apply this, and any, filing season:
- Be professional.
- Be responsible.
- Be thorough.
- Be honest.
I'll leave it to you to look in the mirror and truthfully answer the question about your tax client worthiness. But you might want to check out that earlier post just in case you're not sure.
- Are you a good or bad tax client?
- Picking a tax pro
- Do taxes yourself or hire a pro? (Bankrate)
- Economy's effect on tax filing methods
- Are you ready to file your taxes?
- E-filing 2010 is here ... except for homebuyer credit claimants
- New forms this filing season
- 7 new tax laws that could save you money
- Don't overlook these tax breaks
- Don't forget your Daily Tax Tip!
- Don't forget your state taxes!
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