Topic: tax

Trending in Comments: The Right Software?

“What software are you using and why?”

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Sound Off: Accountants See Opportunity in Obamacare

In Comments, it gets political. By CPA Trendlines Call it what you will – The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare – accountants are calling it opportunity. When we asked recently, “What’s the future of the professional tax preparation business?” a number of respondents called out the Affordable Care Act. “I think as ACA takes effect we will be busier than ever before,” said Jay D. Parks of Jay D. Parks & Associates, CPAs in Edmond, Okla.

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As Market Share Slips Away, Accountants Look Beyond the 1040

Last-minute surge closes Busy Season 2014 with strong gains in e-filing. By CPA Trendlines In a late-season rush, tax professionals eked out their first volume gains in three years, and continued to lose market share to do-it-yourselfers, according to a preliminary new analysis by CPA Trendlines. The data shows professionals e-filed 69.99 million returns by April 18, a 6.5% year-over-year gain and a remarkable last-minute surge after running behind all season. As late as April 5, accountants had still filed 0.7% fewer returns than the year before, and were closing the gap, behind 0.3% by April 14. But many of the nation’s professional tax preparers see a day coming soon – if it isn’t already here – when they will […]

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NEW ANALYSIS: Tech Drives Tax Season Growth

Accountants gear up, from paperless to cloud. By CPA Trendlines Many of the most successful accountants in tax season 2014 found new growth and profits by leveraging new cloud and paperless technologies, according to the CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer. Join the survey; get the results. Today’s bonus question: Plans for 2015

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Celebrating the End of Tax Season 2014

Some of our favorite comments from some of our favorite readers…

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Tax Season Success Drivers: Better Software, Easier Clients, Higher Billing Rates

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Tax Professionals Plagued by Tough Competition

Trials and tribulations…

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When Is It the Reviewer’s Job to Fix Preparer Errors?

QUESTION: Your book recommends having the preparer fix all errors. However, this is not always possible and our main concern is to get the returns out, so we usually have the reviewer make the changes, except if it looks like there will be extensive changes. Isn’t this the way we should do it? RESPONSE: I receive the most comments about this issue, so I usually spend a lot of time rethinking this.

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Tax Season Success Starts and Ends with Training

QUESTION: What do you think is the key to a successful tax season? RESPONSE: There are many things needed for a successful tax season, but training and supervision are at the top of the list. This is being written in the heat of the tax season crunch and I don’t know many people who will change their procedures at this stage, but the truly successful practitioners will adapt and make changes as soon as a change is indicated. It’s called OJT – on-the-job training. It works. Ed Mendlowitz is the creator of The 30:30 Training Method

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