Q: book keeper billing without any agreement on price?
We recently hired a CPA to get us caught up on back taxes for our small business. The only form that we signed was to allow him to order our tax transcripts. Later, we sent our bank statements. He said that our book keeper would cost us about $5-6000. Now, we have received a bill for $11,000. The charge says $1.00 per line. We have not seen what they have done, but all of the numbers sound way off. They have never called us at all to confirm anything, or ask any questions. We were expecting to give what we have to the IRS. Not be in more, unexpected debt. We are just trying to move forward in life and do things right. I just need to know what my rights or options are at this point.
A: You have the right to review all your CPA's bookkeeping documents, time records and other documentary information supporting all the CPA's billings. However, rather than make it look like you are considering going to war over the entire $11,000 you should first willingly pay at least $5,000 of the initial estimate--as you agreed--before you start demanding documentation for any of the rest.
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