That would be great, right? Working as hard as you possibly can for 4 months then taking a nice, leisurely, long as heck vacation… traveling the world year after year, 8 months at a time. Why doesn’t everyone choose this career path? Because it’s all a myth. Dump that guy/gal!
Recently I provided services for new clients who, for whatever reason, were not able to make an appointment with “their current tax preparer’. I wondered.
- Why do tax professionals stop working after the main filing season?
- Where do they go? What do they do?
- How much revenue are they earning compared to expenses?
- How many clients do they have altogether?
And probably the most important question:
- What do their clients do if they need something like copies or advise for tax planning during the year?
In an unregulated system it’s difficult to find answers to these questions. Even google doesn’t know much on this topic. However, the closest I came to finding anything about it was written by the IRS pertaining to fraud prevention (http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/27/pf/taxes/tax-preparers/).
The IRS said: Pick a preparer who will be available after April 15. You need to know you can contact your preparer after your return is filed should questions arise.
Literally, just be informed about your tax preparers business habits. If your tax preparer simply closes up shop April 16th, they may not be a viable resource for you and it may be best to find someone who will be available year round.