How do I fix what my AWOL CPA broke?
June 20, 2012 4:29 PM Subscribe
I just found out my accountant screwed up and never filed my 2011 taxes. No one at her office is returning my emails or messages. My tax situation is now a complete mess. I don't know where to start to fix this. Help?
posted by thewrongparty to Work & Money (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, here's the story. This was my first time filing as an independent contractor and was relieved when I was able to make an appointment with this accounting firm before April 15. My check towards a chunk of the taxes I owed went through, so I thought everything was cool. I only started to get an inkling of something being not quite right when I tried to set up a payment plan with the IRS. I couldn't get a human being on the phone and kept getting error messages when I tried to sign up online. It wasn't until this week, that I miraculously, finally got a helpful human being on the phone I found out exactly why that online form wasn't working. My taxes were never filed. They had been submitted with an error, an incorrect EIN, so they'd been rejected. On top of that, they weren't submitted on the 14th, as I'd been told. They actually been submitted 5 days late, on the 20th.
Unbelievably, my CPA and her firm never informed me about ANY of this. I sent an email in May when I first had trouble setting up the payment plan, but never got a response.I've left messages with the secretary, but no one called back. (I may have also left a kind of crazy, angry, 2-part voicemail after figuring out exactly how much they'd screwed up.) I know I just need to take a deep breath and get a grip (I have money/tax issues outside of this particular situation that are at the root on my anxiety about this), but seriously, what should be my first step? Should I...
Just pay another CPA to re-file? How do I find a decent one? The place I went to was recommended and had good reviews online! I don't really have the kind of friends who need to hire accountants, so I can't ask them. Even if I find someone I can trust, isn't it stupidly throwing my money down a hole to pay another $200--or more!--for services I already paid for once? Honestly, I'm not sure I can afford something like that right now.
Push through and file them myself? Honestly, with the combination of a 1099 and multiple W-2s and deductions and everything else, it completely confuses me and turns my brain to mush. Especially considering that now I might need to add extra forms. For extensions? For 1st time penalty forgiveness? (The latter involves an essay, oh god.) Maybe there are other forms I'm forgetting?
Go back to the people who screwed me over in the first place? Since they are clearly never going to call me back, I'll have to confront them in person. I feel like they are going to somehow put the blame on me, treat me like a crazy lady, and refuse to refund me or submit them properly for free because I probably signed something that absolves them of all responsibility. It it possible that I am not a crazy lady and am justified in feeling wronged?