I went to Anderson Tax Service thinking I would find an accountant that would actually help me find the best way to manage my tax bill and find deductions etc.
I had previously had H&R block do my taxes for years, and then had done my own taxes using TurboTax for the three years prior to going to Anderson Tax Service.
I ended up getting an accountant who initially mistakingly claimed that we owed over $8k to the state of California by marking us full year residents even after she knew we had moved here mid-year.
Because of this fact, I sold my boat to cover the cost of my CA tax bill.
Exactly ONE DAY after I sold my boat, I get a call saying she was mistaken and that I only owed $200 as a partial year CA resident.
Whoops! I had to stop payment on the check I sent to CA, and she still charged my wife and I $400 for this “service”.
I did better managing my taxes MYSELF using TurboTax.