Topic: busy season

Busy Season 2015: Headaches from Obamacare

‘ACA is PITA BS for CPAs.’ Next year’s plan: ‘Become a monk.’ Next question: The smartest moves this busy season? Join the survey; get the results By CPA Trendlines Research As Busy Season 2015 grinds down, tax prep professionals are grappling with myriad and continuing issues with new rules, thin staffing and difficult clients, according to the CPA Trendlines annual Busy Season Barometer. But the new Affordable Care Act seems to be causing the most widespread aches and pains among accountants.

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BUSY SEASON SURVIVAL TIPS: 5 Ways to Turn a Tough Day Into a Great One

Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s how to combat it…

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Make Busy Season into Business Development Season

Five reasons this is the wrong time to take your eye off the ball. Firms need to look at the busy season as a stepping stone, while their clients are focused on taxes and accounting more than any other time. Here’s why you need a business development strategy in busy season:

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8 Tips for Building Busy-Season Stamina

No, coffee is not one of them. By Sandi Smith Leyva The Accountant’s Accelerator Busy season is just around the corner. Can you feel the excitement? Or the dread? Here are eight ways to boost your stamina and minimize burnout for those of you who are working long hours in the weeks ahead.

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Six Steps for a Better Tax Season

How some smart firms spent their summer vacations…

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NEW SURVEY FINDINGS: Tax Season Price Wars

Accountants scramble as competition surges for bread-and-butter tax work…

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Your Best Busy Season Survival Tips

How accountants survive and even thrive through busy season: Join the survey, get more answers

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Seven Busy Season Success Secrets

Tip #5: Get paid before filing. By Sandi Smith Leyva Accountant’s Accelerator Here are some fast tips to help you make the most out of busy season, which is when you have the highest amount of your clients’ attention all year long.

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EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: Practitioners Cite 4 Big Strategies for Success in Tax Season 2014

Tax professionals fight political uncertainty, ragged clients, toughened rivals.

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SURVEY REPORT: Busy Season 2014 Outlook

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By Rick Telberg CPA Trendlines Most tax practitioners across the nation are preparing for the 2014 busy season with the hoping it can’t possibly be as bad as last year’s “worst tax season ever,” according to exclusive CPA Trendlines polling. About 61% of accountants today expect at least a “somewhat” or even “much” better season this year, according to the CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer, a tracking poll now approaching its 11th year. Some 26% expect no change from last year, and 13% are bracing for “somewhat worse” or “much worse.” In the CPA Trendlines Special Report, responses and comments from more than 400 practitioners surveyed have been tabulated and analyzed. Key findings: Economic outlook for firms, clients, […]

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Busy Season Survey Shows Four Key Findings

Updated with responses from May 2013. The latest update to the topline results for the CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer shows additional confirmation of four key findings, beginning with the across-the-board problems of a late-starting season and buggy software. How did your season compare? We’d love to hear. Send your comments, rants raves, ideas, or questions to me here. – Rick Telberg Key Finding #1: Most practitioners, across all size firms, report a tougher 2013 than 2012. (See chart below for comparisons by size of firm.)

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Worst Tax Season Ever?

True or False: You had the worst tax season of your life this year.

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12 Fast, Low-Cost Tips for a Stress-Less Tax Season

Stress management is critical to a successful season. By Sandi Smith, CPA Accountant’s Accelerator I don’t want to stress you out, but we really do need to do something about our stress levels. The American Psychological Association says our kids are getting headaches, having difficulty sleeping, and eating too little or too much due to pressure from school and household finances. The worst part is that  most parents were not aware of the severity of their children’s stress. Many adults reported not knowing what to do to change their lifestyle so they could reduce their stress, so it just makes sense to talk about this a little. Here are the most common stress-reducing tasks that some people do, according to […]

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