August 17, 2012 9:29 AM Subscribe
How can I best handle an invoice from an accountant that does not seem reasonable to me?
This is in Ontario, Canada, if it makes a difference. I found out I had to submit outstanding GST/HST (a kind of sales tax) returns for a corporation I had set up a while ago: 2 yearly returns that were missing. Each return is a one-page form where you fill-in the corporation's GST/HST account number and the amount of income it had that would be GST/HST taxable. Since the corporation did no business, it was just a matter of writing in a bunch of zeroes. He did that, sent me the forms... as well as an invoice for $500.
It seems unreasonable to me. He couldn't have spent more than a minute writing in the zeroes. He also forgot to write in the GST/HST account number of the corporation--I noticed and did it--if I would have the forms in as he gave them to me, they government would not have known which corporation they were for.
This whole situation arose in the first place because it turned out the dissolution of the corporation, which I had paid him to take care of for me a couple of years ago, had not in fact gone through due to some flawed detail in the paperwork submitted.
What do I do? What happens to me if I don't pay the invoice? Is there any process for dealing with this situation?