Corp Accountant Dispute
I've got a problem with my accountant that I recently used to file my corporation's tax for the first time. The dispute is about their fees, I was verbally quoted an amount, this quote was given to me after I had provided all the details about my corporation including all bank statements and other papers. After filing the taxes the accountant sent me an invoice that was much higher than what was originally quoted (3x more). When asked why, he stated that this is the price due to the amount of hours spent on all the paperwork and this is the new fee I must pay. Up hauled by this, I told him that I would not pay this and that I would only pay the originally agreed upon fee. He stated that he'd send it to collections if I don't pay the full amount he's asking for. 2 weeks later, he sent me a second invoice that included some interest and an administrative fee, which increased the total amount owing to him by another $900. I contacted him again and told him that this new invoice is bogus and again requested to clear this up by accepting the original fee. He then told me if I don't pay in 2 weeks he is going to send it off to collections. Fast forward to Monday of this week, I received a notice from a collections agency requesting the total amount from the two invoices this accountant sent me, debtor is my corporation.
Some further facts:
-There is no contract between the accountant and my corporation or myself stating this accountant would get paid an X amount. There is no paper trail stating that my corporation or myself have agreed to any value for the accountant's fees.
-Accountant was given "representative" authorization to the Corporation's CRA account
I wanted to know how I should go about this? It looks like the accountant can make up any fee in the invoice and send it off to collections? How can I dispute this debt? Does an accountant have grounds to send this unpaid amount to collections? How can a collections agency accept this debt without verifying if there was a contract between the accountant and corporation? Clearly the accountant lied to me about what he would charge and the amount of paperwork involved was minimal. I consulted with two other accountants who I was referred to by friends and after giving them all the details and papers they told me that this accountant is trying to charge me a ridiculous amount of money for the work involved.
I have learned my lesson, obviously I will not be using this accountant in the future. When hiring a new accountant I'll get everything in writing pertaining to the work they would be performing and their fees. Any help with this would be highly appreciated.