After 20 years, my accountant a CPA in Buffalo NY, dropped me three days prior to taxes due, April 15, 2016. I live in FL and we kept him because he did our taxes when we lived in NY. We never signed a contract
, each year we just provided him the documents to do the taxes. We continued to do so by mailing him our documents after we moved to FL in 2004. This year, I sent him our 2015 tax documents early March. Two weeks later, we went to Buffalo, NY, so we asked him if he could have them ready. We discovered that he did not do our taxes correctly because he did not take into consideration the huge loss incurred on a recent sale of our house which would have made a difference of at least 5 thousand dollars as a refund according to his own words. So he asked for receipts and I made sure he got them asap and they were in his possession
on April 4, 2016. After two calls on the status of the taxes thereafter, he claimed he would have them done by April 10. By April 12 he still did not have them done. On April 12, I called him and he angrily said that he was sick, that I was too demanding, and that he was not going to do my taxes and would return my documents overnight. I am still waiting for my documents. I had to file an extension with the IRS. Luckily, I do not owe taxes, so no penalties will be incurred, but I will have to gather all my documents again and seek another accountant in FL to do my taxes. I want to know what recourses if any do I have against this CPA for his unprofessional, unethical, and borderline malpractice. Thank you.