Does my accountant need to be a professional?
In one word: Yes. Having a professional accountant is very important, especially if you are a small business owner. You will most likely end up saving money in the end if you pay a little more for a professional accountant. With their training and experience, they will surely find any possible errors that might otherwise cost you in overpaid taxes, penalties, and high-interest rates!
If my accountant has a designation, should I automatically trust them?
No. There are different types of "designations" out there. Be sure to seek out a Chartered Professional Accountant. Make sure you know what designation your accountant has and if they are the right one for you! Chartered Professional Accountants carry the highest-level certification available and the most experience. We are governed and monitored, required to follow specific standards and are also required to stay on top of our skills with required training and development every year. Leanne M. Goddard is a Chartered Professional Accountant with years of success serving the public. Rest assured knowing that, when you choose me as your CPA, you have a qualified accountant who puts your needs first.