You can use a service like Thumbtack to find accountants in your area. We recommend speaking with a few, running your questions by them, and meeting them in person.
The following is our recommendation on how to find a great accountant for your LLC:
1. Create questions
Write down your top 4-5 questions about taxes and LLCs and put them in a Word document or a Google document.
2. Clone questions
Copy and paste those questions 7 times, and create a horizontal line between each section of questions.
3. Google searches
Do a Google search for “business accountant + CITY, STATE” and browse websites very quickly (1-2 minutes each) and then enter the contact information of 7 accountants in your document. The reason we say fast here is because you want to be using your gut/intuition on your initial decisions. You’ll be able to make a better judge of character over the phone.
Note: If you are a non-US resident and own an LLC, add the word “non-US resident”, “non-resident alien”, or “foreign national” to your google searches. You’ll want to make sure you’re dealing with someone who is familiar with your situation.
If the Google search wasn’t helpful, you can check with your local Society of CPAs or Accountancy Board.
4. Call ’em all
Spend an hour or two and call every accountant. You can introduce yourself and say, “I’m starting a new business and I have a few tax questions about my LLC. Do you have a few minutes?”
We don’t recommend leaving messages and waiting for calls back as this can slow down your momentum. If someone isn’t available, ask for an ideal time to call back. Or just call another accountant.
Most accountants will be happy to spend 10-15 minutes with you on the phone at no cost.
Write down their answers to your questions and any other notes about the call.
By calling 7 accountants, you’re comparing the answers you get and you’re getting an initial feel of what it may be like to work with them. You’ll notice some people may be far more detailed and confident in their answers than others.
At the end of your calls, you’ll be mentally tired, yes, but you’ll have learned a lot.
You’ll likely gravitate to one or two people. We then recommend asking them to meet in person or via a video call. The in-person meeting or video call shows that they are willing to invest time in you, builds rapport, and it allows you to get a feel for what it would be like working with them.
Do this and you’re likely to find a great accountant for years to come.
Need help finding an accountant?
Most states have an organization or society that many of the state’s Certified Public Accountants are members of – often called the Society of CPAs.
And usually the state Society of CPAs has a “Find a CPA” tool on their website which will give you a list of CPAs. Some of them let you filter the results by accountants in your town/city, or accountants who specialize in working with small businesses.
In some states, the accountant licensing board has a search feature that gives you a list of CPAs.
Once you have a few names of CPAs in your state, we recommend that you Google search them. Read any reviews from other small business owners that hired that accountant, and check out the accountant’s website.
Then you can add these accountants to your list of people to call in Step 4 above.
Here’s a table of the CPA society or accountancy board in every state:
|State||Organization||Link to CPA Finder Tool|
|Alabama||Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy||Find a CPA|
|Alaska||Alaska Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Arizona||Arizona Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Arkansas||Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|California||California Board of Accountancy||Select a CPA|
|Colorado||Colorado Society of CPAs||CPA Referral Service|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Delaware||Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|District of Columbia||Greater Washington Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Florida||Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Georgia||The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Idaho||Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA Directory|
|Illinois||Illinois CPA Society||Find a CPA|
|Indiana||Illinois Professional Licensing Agency||Search for a License - set Profession to "Accountancy Board"|
|Iowa||Iowa Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Kansas||Kansas Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Louisiana||Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Maine||Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Maryland||Maryland Board of Public Accountancy||CPA Public Query|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Michigan||Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Mississippi||Mississippi Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Missouri||Missouri Board of Accountancy||License search|
|Montana||Montana Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy||Searchable License Database|
|Nevada||Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|New Jersey||New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find-a-CPA|
|New Mexico||New Mexico Society of CPAs||Find-a-CPA|
|New York||New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants||Contact your Local NYSSCPA Chapter|
|North Carolina||North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners||Search the CPA Database|
|North Dakota||North Dakota State Board of Accountancy||Search for an Accountant|
|Ohio||Accountancy Board of Ohio||Accountant License Look Up|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Society of CPAs||Find your CPA|
|Oregon||Oregon Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants||CPA Locator|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Board of Accountancy||Accountant Licensee Lookup|
|South Dakota||South Dakota CPA Society||Find a CPA|
|Tennessee||Tennessee Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Texas||Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants||How to Find a Texas CPA|
|Utah||Utah Association of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Vermont||Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|Virginia||Virginia Society of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Washington||Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
|West Virginia||West Virginia Society of CPAs||Find a CPA Firm|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Institute of CPAs||Find a CPA|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants||Find a CPA|
An accountant is the small business owner’s best ally when dealing with taxes and bookkeeping. Finding the right accountant for your LLC is important, so take your time to research this decision.