The late comedian David Brenner used to perform this routine he called “the worst doctor.”
The premise of the shtick was that of all the people who were awarded medical degrees, someone somewhere in the world had to earn the dubious designation of being the “worst doctor.”
I would think the long-term effects of being treated by the worst doctor would far surpass having your 1040 prepared by “the worst CPA.” After all, undergoing an audit is far better than the potential horrors of medical malpractice.
Not being a CPA myself, I cannot vouch for the skill set or lack thereof of questionable practitioners but it’s safe to say that many of them can and have made some of the worst decisions in recent memory.
Case in point.
We recently took on the plight of a sole practitioner in the Northeast, who had a profitable practice generating slightly over $1 million in billings. He was in his mid-60s and plainly speaking he had “had it.” The tandem of annual tax season pressures and the COVID-19 pandemic resigned him to the fact that it was time to take down the proverbial shingle and take up pickleball in a warmer climate.