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This story has a happy ending: we spoke with our accountant regarding our inability to continue to pay his fees, and also aired the communication problems and past mistakes.

He wanted to keep our business, so he essentially lowered his fees to about what some of you had said was ballpark for the services: around $2000 a year. I also discovered that he uses QuickBooks! So, I'm going to start doing our monthly bookkeeping in QB, he'll file quarterlies (and the annual return), and we're setting up payroll forthwith.

He was remarkably more communicative this time around and spent a long time explaining some of the things which had previously befuddled us -- really, it was just a matter of letting him know what we didn't understand and asking him to address those things in plain language. He also was not aware of the errors in the past and was glad to hear about them so they can be corrected.

Anyway, the lesson is that everything's negotiable, and good communication is key to any relationship.

Thanks again for the great advice, Fools!
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