I happen to have been set up with an accountant in Baden when I moved here and haven't had a chance to review the arrangement. Well last year my return was almost more painful than pulling teeth (I know I'm currently recovering from particularly difficult wisdom teeth surgery), and the 2,300.- bill I've just received from them rubs salt in the wound. It seems they're like lawyers in that they charge for every email/phone call/etc. maybe that's the standard in Switzerland, but with companies like Alpha Finanzplanung offering their services for 49 bucks on Groupon
, I'm wondering whether the extra 2,250.- is worth it.
Note that I'm not getting any advice for this cash, just returns. To be fair, my situation has traditionally been a little more complicated than usual thanks to existing overseas assets, but I've repatriated almost everything so it will be less complicated this year.
Any advice on changing tax advisors/accountants (I expect it needs to be done now?), and what I can expect in terms of service, advice, etc. as well as costs would be appreciated. Incidentally I'm an Aussie here on a B (soon to be C, when I get my German done) permit, so no complicated US tax or anything.