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Hey Bill,

First of all, thanks for actually answering my question as to audits!

Secondly, thanks for the gentle slap around you gave me. I re-read my post and I'm sure it came across reasonably snotty, especially to a CPA professional. That wasn't my intent, of course, but perception equals I was snotty.

This CPA more or less came with the company when we took over. We stayed with them based on the previous owner's recommendation as we had many other issues to work on and the pricing was reasonable.

For the last 4 years, we were billed a flat $500 for taxes, last year they bumped it to ~$750 (the $600 I mentioned was the delta between tax software and their pricing), something I found upon receiving the invoice.

I know this is also a reasonable rate in the grand scheme of things, but it was an unforecast extra expense and an irritant at the time.

In years past, my contact always initiated communication in late December with an end of year reminder email. It was something I came to expect and also something appreciated as my attention was usually elsewhere (as it has been this year until last week)

Given that their clientele is primarily much larger businesses and high net worth individuals, their location is in the high-rent part of town, the atypical lack of contact and the large price change...I figured they were paring their client list to the most profitable. I could be wrong, I am fairly often.

I may contact them anyway after I file the extension or search for another CPA or try it myself. All is still up in the air and I was mostly trying to get a feel for practicality of alternatives.

Filing an extension is not a problem for us and we will have no tax due.

My comment regarding less expensive was an assumption - I've done no research. You're response was useful to help me realize their pricing, even after the change, was not out of line.

Let me close by saying (in case there was any doubt) I have the highest regard for CPA's in general and the firm I have worked with in particular (even if they 'bumped me' &%$&!). You have reinforced that impression by your measured comments.


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