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Rated among Top 100 CA in Mumbai - Best CA Mumbai by multiple websites such as Justdial, Webindia, Topcafirms.com, etc. In India, CA (Chartered Accountants) are regarded as the maestros of Accounts and Taxes, just as Sachin Tendulkar is for Cricket! This is because it is the most comprehensive course that allows gaining extensive knowledge and three long years of practical experience and exposure in planning income and investment portfolios, calculating taxes and filing ITRs under the mentor-ship of an already experienced CA (Chartered Accountant). In fact, with the advent of comprehensive online tools in the COVID era, there are a lot of applications and websites that provide both automated and manual support to plan and calculate taxes. But there are still a lot of factors that need to be considered before settling on a CA (Chartered Accountant) to plan the tax liability on one’s hard earned money. Let’s have a look at some of the factors that are noteworthy before finalizing on a CA (Chartered Accountant) / Tax Advisor: 1. Finding out the entity’s status: This is an important step since this requires assessment of the status of the taxpayer. This is because there are varied complexities in every type of entity which needs to be addressed accordingly by a relevant tax expert. See the following scenarios: Individual Status: If the taxpayer is an individual, he/she can refer to an CA (Chartered Accountant) who primarily has expertise in Direct Taxation. Corporate Status: If the taxpayer is a corporate entity, the Directors of the company might want to refer to a more seasoned CA (Chartered Accountant) / Tax Advisor who primarily has expertise in both Direct Taxation and Indirect Taxation, in addition to Corporate Tax, as well as Provident Fund, Employee State Insurance advisors, etc. Others: If the taxpayer is a Partnership Firm, LLP, etc., the partners or members might have to refer to a blend of above. 2. Assessing whether the Income and Tax Structure of the entity is complex enough to hire a CA as the fee charged may or may not be justified to the taxpayer. Following the above scenarios, an individual might just as for guidance from an CA (Chartered Accountant) in the family or friends in case the assess able income is not too big, whereas a firm or a company might need a proper team of expert advisors to mitigate the tax burden at a large level. 3. Not every CA (Chartered Accountant) is specialized in the field of taxation. Taxation is an extensive field with various branches. Finding someone experienced and specialized in the branch that a person needs help with is quite important. This could be understood in terms of the large different types of tax advisors that exists, viz., Income Tax, Gift Tax, Wealth Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Corporate Tax, GST, Customs & Excise, etc. 4. It is necessary to ensure that the CA (Chartered Accountant) is always available and updated in terms of the recent Income Tax Notifications or the ever so changing Income tax Return Forms to address any immediate changes in the taxpayer’s income or status. For example, a Capital gain somewhere in the middle of the year could change the calculations and planning of taxes and give rise to a requirement to pay Advance Tax. 5. A few common factors such as the past experience and area of practice of the CA (Chartered Accountant), the clients or industries they have served, the reasonability of the fee charged with respect to the general market fee, an example of a fruitful advise they gave to some client which was a turnaround for the client’s tax burden. Choosing a CA (Chartered Accountant) carefully is important because the person entrusts all the income details and their sources to them. So, the focus should be on to retain the same person for as long as they can be as that would ensure no scattering of personal information to a lot many people again and again. This also helps in maintaining a close relationship to build trust and faith in each other. So, keeping these small things in mind will help a taxpayer go a long way in finding a perfect advisor, consultant and a partner!