CPA's are sometimes lawyers, as such, their success is dependent upon the illusion of "creating value". Perhaps they point out areas and methods of structuring your trading business for maximum tax advantage, perhaps they do better than your own efforts at record keeping, perhaps... Many CPA's and their firms take on an arrogance that's legendary and has a rather pungent odor. Many times we as sophisticated traders are not new to reading and understanding complex theorum, trading styles, taxation issues and business formation issues. Hence the "services provided" are invariably over priced, given that they are no longer "specialty items/services". Trader taxation is a new paradigm given the explosion of self employed individuals who've racked up substantial gains/losses in the recent years. The IRS has moved to address these issues and further clarified these categories so that more persons who have engaged in this endeavor would have taxation relief on varying scales. Simply put, what was not clear is becoming more clear and routine. What was the exclusive realm of the "specialist CPA" with their fancy websites and expensive retainer memberships and their over wordy Active Trader Magazine articles, has become part of the normal CPA domain. Given that time has "normalized" Trader Taxation Issues, have you considered employing a local CPA who no doubt can acquaint themselves with Trader Taxation issues for far less that these high profile "web enabled" CPA's? What were your experiences with your CPA?, particularly with these "web enabled CPA's"? What would you feel comfortable recommending or discussing or sharing?