Just to add a point. In about another 5-6 years I will be a CPA. My total education bill will be about $80,000 with about $12,000 in certification.
What do you think I would do if someone called me up and said “I just have a quick question that can be only answered by someone with your knowledge, that you paid $92,000.00 plus interest for and I want it answered for free?
I would politely tell them feel free to call turbo tax and see if they are will to answer their question.
It’s not that I am being greedy it’s just this is how I make my living. If I always gave away my knowledge, I wouldn’t be able to eat.
Obtaining skill takes time and money. Not to mention I have to sscsfice a birthday here and there to study. All that deserves compensation.
Same with lawyers.They need to eat as well. Everyone expects free advice but they would not walk into a store and expect free food.
Trust me, I am low income and know how much it sucks you cannot afford the advice you need.