I’m realizing the accountant I have used (family friend) is probably not a great fit for me. I have been steered incorrectly in multiple scenarios. Any suggestions for how to find a trusted accountant? My taxes are not overly complex, but they are not simple. I have a couple properties (one I rent on Airbnb and one 2 unit property that I live in and rent out the other; I am strongly considering an LLC in 2019) and do some contract work, along with my full-time job. I do plan on itemizing this year.
I am not sure what a typical rate is for taxes, but I’m willing to pay in the $300-500 range annually. I’m not sure if this would also include answering some basic questions here and there and some quick phone calls, but I would also be willing to be hourly for this type of service. I live in Chicago, but I do not need a local accountant. If/when my current technology employer is acquired (likely within a couple of years), I should have a lot of capital to invest and know I will pay an accountant significantly more. Maybe I should be looking for an accountant and financial advisor in one person that I can grow with as my assets and income increase?