Busy Season 2015: Comprehensive Coverage

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In this directory, CPA Trendlines compiles complete coverage of the 2015 busy season.

IRS Seeks More Tools to Fight Refund Fraud

FY 2016 budget provisions would expand authority for regulation, correctable errors.

Workflow Automation Takes Root in Mainstream CPA Firms

Tax season 2015 sees 59% of firms using digital production systems.

z tax 2015 better or worseBusy Season 2015: Worse and Worser

After a bad year for many practitioners, watch for the consolidation and shakeout to come.

Busy Season 2015: Top Lessons Learned So Far

Doing the Tax Season Math: Regs + Staff + Clients + Tech + Self = Busy x Busy x Busy

Here’s Your New Tax Season Marketing Plan

Think now about June. Yes, June.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
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If You Thought Tax Season 2015 Was Difficult, IRS Predicts ‘Challenging’ 2016

Budget cuts remain a concern.

Tax and Accounting Industry Hits New Highs in Headcount and Wages

U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries remain among the bright spots in the nation's economy

Refund Fraud Keeps IRS Busy

Identity theft also is part of the program.

Chart of IRS staffing levelsIRS Criminal Investigations Drop with Staff Cuts

Investigations are down 20 percent.

IRS Defanged by 20 Years of Budget Cuts

Prosecutions down 16 percent in 2014.

Why CPAs Need to Worry about Cyber Crime (Especially in Tax Season)

And what to do about it.

SURVEY RESULTS: Latest Comments on Busy Season 2015

Verbatim practitioner reports from the front lines

Busy Season 2015: Fixing the Tax System

How tax professionals would remake the tax code.

Could You Use More Energy This Tax Season?

10 habits to start now and keep all year.

Busy Season 2015: New Lessons in Time Management

Lesson learned: Plan, prioritize, repeat.

IRS FILING STATS WEEK by WEEK: 

Week 1: Tax Pro E-filing Gets Off to Fast Start 

Week 2: E-filing Levels Off from Initial Burst

Week 3: E-filing Holding Steady

Week 4: E-filing by Tax Pros Slows

Week 5: E-filing Slows Again

Week 6: Tax Pros Start to Make Up for Lost Ground in Pace of 2015 E-Filing

Week 7: Tax Pros Gain E-filing Market Share

Week 8: Tax Pros Cling to 57% of E-filing Market

Week 9: E-filing by Tax Pros Gains More Ground

Week 10: Tax Pros Do 59% of E-filing As Season Nears End

Week 11: IRS Reports Everything Went Up Except Refunds

Busy Season 2015: Vexed by Regs, CPAs Dismayed at Congress

“All reason has gone out the door.”

Busy Season 2015: When Clients Are the Problem

Top nine client management solutions

Busy Season 2015: Short-Term Staffing Problems Need Long-Term Solutions

Not enough trained staff, not enough seasonal staff, not enough staff

Affordable Care ActBusy Season 2015: Headaches from Obamacare

“ACA is PITA BS for CPAs.” Next year’s plan: “Become a monk.”

CPA Trendlines Subscribers Sound Off About 2015 Self-Filers

Some predict those clients will be coming back for cleanup.

When ‘Quick and Easy’ Tax Season Research Isn’t

Four reasons not to let one question stop a tax return in its tracks.

Tax Pros Start to Make Up for Lost Ground in Pace of 2015 E-Filing

IRS processing nearly 98 percent of returns received.

Ed Mendlowitz CPA The Practice Doctor Q and AClosed for Tax Season? Looks That Way

Automation can send the wrong message.

IRS Form 3115: a Sin and a Travesty

Write your Congressman!

14 Timely Questions for Tax Season Clients

If you don’t ask, you can’t know. If not now, when?

11 Clear Client Instructions to Make Your Tax Season Easier

Help them help you.

3 Ways to Build a Tax Season Team

It’s a long season. Make it a happy one.

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Key competitive comparisons.

Tax Season Marketing: 3 Simple Ideas for 2015

It’s Opportunity Season.

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Build Client Relationships this Tax Season

Use these busy days to get to know your clients better.

Top 21 Reasons Clients Switch Tax Accountants

How many of these do you need to fix in your firm?

Great Tax Prep Reviewers Aren’t Just Born

Top 5 skills of great tax season managers

Making Digital Tax Process Easier Is All About the Workflow

4 ways the new breed of workflow application can simplify your tax season.

8 Tips for Building Busy-Season Stamina

No, coffee is not one of them.

40 Chances, 40 Tax Seasons

2015 is another opportunity to fine-tune your business.

3 Ways to Build a Tax Season Team

It's a long season. Make it a happy one.

11 Clear Client Instructions to Make Your Tax Season Easier

Help them help you.

Six Steps for a Better Tax Season

How some smart firms spent their summer vacations

Identity Theft: Clients Wonder if They Can Trust their Accountants

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The do's and don'ts clients should hear from you first.

10 Ways to Get New 1040 Clients

And 5 ways to get more business tax clients…

Consistency Simplifies Tax Season

Apply it to service, processes and standards.

Tax Season Urgency: It’s a Bad Thing

Six ways to eliminate stress and potential mistakes.

Tax Return Reviewer Ticking and Tying

And complaining and correcting…

SCORE-Infographic-Tax-Accounting_0-590x1735The Real Reasons Small Businesses Love Their Accountants [INFOGRAPHIC]

Accountants relieve their worst headaches.

How to Get Paid Faster This Tax Season

It's good for business and considerate to clients.

5 Personal Touches for Tax Season

One is a can't-skip.

23 Reasons Clients Really Need YOU for Taxes

The checklist

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Build Client Relationships this Tax Season

Use these busy days to get to know your clients better.

Closed for Tax Season? Looks That Way

Automation can send the wrong message.

Have Fun This Tax Season!

No kidding! Here are 12 ways.

Tax and Accounting Employment Hits New High, Surpassing January 2008 Peak

It's a 1.8 percent hike from boom times. We'll take it.

Accountants See Solid Business Gains in 2015

CPA Trendlines Strategy Shift Report

Accountants Start 2015 on Strong Hiring Trend

The best December in the last decade.

2015 FORECAST: Healthy Revenue Gains Nationwide for Firms of All Sizes

New MAP survey projects third year of improvement

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Six Steps for a Better Tax Season

How some smart firms spent their summer vacations.

Tech Drives Tax Season Growth

Accountants gear up, from paperless to cloud.

FREE eBOOK: The Tax Season Opportunity Kit

10 Easy-to-Follow Checklists. More than 244 Great Ideas for a Smoother, Happier, and More Profitable Busy Season

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