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Fitting The Bill

How to select a small-business accountant who measures up.

This story appears in the December 1997 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

As the end of the year approaches, new goals and dreams for next year take shape. But no matter how successful or disappointing 1997 was for you, you can't leave it behind yet--Uncle Sam won't let you forget. So begins your first business decision of the year: Do you keep your own business records and file your own returns or hire someone else?

"It's very difficult and time-consuming to keep up with all the new tax laws and technical jargon," says Peter Pfister, a CPA at Kurchin & Co. in Red Bank, New Jersey. "By hiring a professional, the business owner can better use his or her talents to the fullest and concentrate on growing the business."

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