Accounting Firms: Why You Need One, And Where To Find Them

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Why get an accountant? Thanks to software like QuickBooks, Quicken, and others, it's become easier for people to manage their own finances. Many small business owners and other individuals handle their own finances without professional help.

However, accountants can provide much-needed expertise across a number of fields, particularly as it relates to byzantine and ever-changing tax laws. They're also able to help you save money and navigate any debt problems you may have, possibly getting you in the black more quickly than you may otherwise have on your own.

Here are a few other reasons why you should consider using an accountant (with a hat tip to firmfinder.org for ideas):


  • To save time. We get it. You're busy. You have better things to do than sit around and crunch numbers and try to decipher unreadable forms. That's what the pros are for.
  • Your financial picture is complicated. If you got married, started a new job, bought a house, received an unexpected windfall, or even a combination of all the above, that's a lot of moving parts to keep track of. Accountants are equipped to handle this sort of complexity.
  • Moving large sums of money. Let’s say you're saving up for a house. Or your kids' college tuition. Or building up a reserve from which you can open and operate your own business. Where is that money going to come from, and what's the best way to save, invest and spend it? If you're not sure what the answer is, that may be a sign you need expert advice.
  • You hate math. If looking at numbers fills you with a sense of unease, then why torture yourself? It is literally someone's job to be comfortable with navigating the world of numbers and finances. Let them help you.

If you're convinced, then all you need now is to find an accountant. Use the directory below, courtesy of FindtheBest.com, to find an accounting firm that's suited to your needs.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



This article appears in: Personal Finance , Banking and Loans , Basics , Credit and Debt

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