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Everything I've read says that I need to make sure I find a real accountant, not just some guy who is competent to fill out your 1040-EZ for you. That makes plenty of sense, of course, but how do I tell? Obviously I don't just walk in to H&R Block, but that's as much as I know. If it makes any difference, I'm located in the USA in the state of Indiana.
When you have a couple of names - call and ask for an introduction session. You should be comfortable with them before you hand over your tax information.
Tax is a game - do you have time to learn the rules of the game and beat the inspectors at their game?
If yes, DIY.
If no, get the best accountancy firm you can find (Chartered in the UK, do not know the USA equivalent). They should save you at least 3 times what you pay them. Donít be afraid of checking out new firms from time to time if you think the company you appoint is not saving you as much as they could.
So it's a win win situation for you.
N.B. never use a company that ďbends the rules too farĒ. They will have a little black mark by their name and only means problems for you some time in the future.