Analysis shows smaller firms having the most trouble. CPA Trendlines Research This year’s busy season was a tough one for America’s tax preparers. CPA Trendlines’ surveys reveal a panoply of gripes from sea to shining sea: Affordable Care Act problems. New regulations problems. Computer problems. Client problems. Even health problems and weather problems seemed worse.
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Multi-partner firms show bullish signs. Soloists turn bearish on the U.S. economy. CPA Trendlines Research CPAs aren’t economists, but they do know numbers, and they have their fingers on the pulse of the flow of money in their local areas. They know how their own businesses and their clients’ businesses are doing, and they have at least an inkling of the causes. Remembering 2014 and living through the 2015 busy season, they are well placed to prognosticate on financial flows over the next 12 months. CPA Trendlines survey research detects a certain optimism, but it seems to be a bit more cautious among solo practitioners.
The National Trends and Averages By CPA Trendlines Research While tax professionals taking a well-deserved break this summer, they are also carefully assessing how well – or poorly – they fared in Tax Season 2015 and they are beginning to lay plans for Tax Season 2016. Chief among their concerns will, no doubt, be a thorough review of their mix of services and fees. Fortunately, CPA Trendlines has compiled authoritative data in an easy-to-use set of charts, graphs and infographics to guide the strategizing for 2016. In this report, CPA Trendlines reveals: The average time it takes an amateur do-it-yourselfer to do a 1040 – useful information in understanding and communicating to clients the true value of a professional. How […]
FY 2016 budget provisions would expand authority for regulation, correctable errors. Refund fraud, especially that caused by identity theft, remains “an ongoing battle” for the IRS, Commissioner John Koskinen said in testimony about the 2015 tax season before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight. “For that reason, and in spite of our budget constraints, we have continued to focus as much of our resources as possible on improving our efforts against identity theft,” he said, improving filters used to detect suspicious returns as they come in at a rate of more than 2 million suspicious returns so far, which is over 500,000 more than last year at this time.
Budget cuts remain a concern. By CPA Trendlines Research No matter what you think of your 2015 tax season, the IRS thinks it had it worse. Commissioner John Koskinen testified about the season before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, and said even opening on schedule was a “major accomplishment” because of additional preparation needed for the Affordable Care Act and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, as well as a system update reflecting December’s tax extender legislation.
Tax professionals kept 59 percent of the e-filing segment. When all the clicking and cursing was done, the IRS had received more than 132.2 million individual tax returns this year, up 0.8 percent from 2014. As of April 17, it had processed 126.1 million of them, up 0.4 percent from last year and a rate of 95.4 percent for the season’s receipts. RELATED: Tax Preparation Fees: The National Averages [INFOGRAPHIC] | IRS Form 3115: a Sin and a Travesty | Accountants See Solid Business Gains in 2015 | As Market Share Slips Away, Accountants Look Beyond the 1040 | IRS Emerges as Major Tax Season Competitor
Receipts, processing, refund numbers all down. With only five days left in the tax season, the IRS had received more than 110.7 million individual tax returns and processed 108 million of them. The April 10 data showed receipts down 1.8 percent from 2014 and processing down 2.1 percent. Processing for 2015 continued in the same range, at 97.5 percent. RELATED: Have Fun This Tax Season! | Tax Preparation Fees: The National Averages [INFOGRAPHIC] | IRS Form 3115: a Sin and a Travesty | How to Get Paid Faster This Tax Season | Accountants See Solid Business Gains in 2015 | As Market Share Slips Away, Accountants Look Beyond the 1040 | IRS Emerges as Major Tax Season Competitor | Tax Pros […]
Nearly 100 million individual returns have been filed. With the tax season winding down, the IRS had received more than 99 million individual tax returns as of April 3, down 0.8 percent from 2014. More than 97.9 percent of those had been processed – 97 million, down 1.2 percent from last year. RELATED: Have Fun This Tax Season! | Tax Preparation Fees: The National Averages [INFOGRAPHIC] | IRS Form 3115: a Sin and a Travesty | How to Get Paid Faster This Tax Season | Accountants See Solid Business Gains in 2015 | As Market Share Slips Away, Accountants Look Beyond the 1040 | IRS Emerges as Major Tax Season Competitor | Tax Pros Losing Market Share to Self-Filers
The CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer 2015: Join the survey. Get the results By CPA Trendlines Research As results pour in from the final days of the CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer 2015, it’s clear that practitioners’ experiences range widely, from outright euphoria to bleak despair. See Comprehensive Coverage of Busy Season 2015 Here are a few the latest comments, verbatim… Better than last year. Volume is up significantly and good smoothness of preparation svc and knowledge of clients. We added a small tax practice in an adjoining town I didn’t have any clients with Obamacare non-compliance