Make sure your Financial Advisor is a Tax Expert (Geek)
Author: Robert J Falcon, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA
Release Date: 6/5/18
Those of us with tax expertise don’t get much respect. Seriously! What comes to your mind when somebody mentions “Tax accountant?” You think of the tax accountant in GhostBusters! OK, I get it! No offense taken. When I was a full-time tax professional working for Price Waterhouse in Pittsburgh, my older siblings referred to me (lovingly, of course) as “Tax Geek.” No respect. I know exactly . . .
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