Basically the one I had before closed up his setup and didn't tell anyone so anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advanced!
Thanks everyone! I'm gonna do more research based on that people you've provided. I really appreciate it!
Heres who i've been using to do my taxes since 2011
Eric Feldman, CFP®
Four15 Advisors, LLC
Tell em Salih sent ya
Gina has been handling my taxes for at least 5 years now while I've been freelancing. She's always pleasant to interact with and has answers for all my questions. I'd recommend her.
I don't have any suggestions for CPAs but I do highly recommend doing a bit of reading. Over the years I have found that NOBODY will look out for you but yourself. After years of bad tax advice I finally learned my lesson.
For example: many CPAs will tell you that you need to open a S-Corp to save on taxes. Then they don't tell you the nitty gritty of how to actually do it (you set up payroll and pay yourself a salary and then take owner distributions that you're taxed 15% less on). So, you go on for years just taking salary and you're not saving a dime.
You should also educate yourself on what is fully deductible vs 50% vs. not at all. Also, look into retirement accounts and how SEP IRA, Simple IRA, and Roth IRAs are different and how they can help you save pre-tax or after tax.
Anyway, I hate to say it but most CPAs don't really do that good a job helping you save taxes. Most of them just run your tax filings, charge you $650-$1000 and move on to the next.
You should also know that 'Nolo small business tax books' are available to take out in Brooklyn libraries. I have not checked the NY library.
I have also found this resource straightforward and helpful:
The author, Susan Lee is here in NYC and available for consultation.
I met with Gina of Noy Tax near the flatiron. It was a very casual and enjoyable consultation in a wework style office. I had come in to discuss the pros and cons of starting an LLC vs SCORP as a freelancer. I was charged about $200 for the hour, which didn't really bother me. I had done a fair amount of research, and she mentioned that I was prepared to handle a lot of what we discussed on my own. That was a nice show of faith. Later, a few friends said that a consultation shouldn't cost that much. Overall I was happy with the experience.
As a side note, she represents the Bat Haus in Bushwick. I spend a lot of time there, and the connection was a nice feel good factor.
I'm thinking of switching my accountant... so bumping this thread. Also: referrals for bookkeepers welcome, too
Hi Mike! I use a fellow named Michael Eisenberg, and I've found him to be fair and patient. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org