Survey: Tax Season Launches with a Whimper

Tax practitioners say they're ready for anything. And they may get it.

CPA Trendlines readers speak out on Busy Season 2019. Clockwise from top left: Eckelkamp, Alexander, Lewis, Plum, Williams.

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By Rick Telberg
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Despite it all. Despite a brand new tax law with last-minute final regs. Despite a government shutdown that crippled the IRS – and the threat of another one in a couple weeks. Despite confused, price-sensitive clients, and the usual software glitches.

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Despite it all, tax accountants are going into Busy Season 2019 brimming with confidence – if doing at least as well as the last year can be considered confident, according to pre-season results from the 2019 Busy Season Barometer.

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Rick Telberg

Rick Telberg

About the Author

Rick Telberg is a veteran analyst, advisor, commentator, editor and publisher. He brings a unique background and perspective to research and advisory services for the professional services community.

Mr. Telberg may well be the accounting profession's most widely-known commentator through his long associations with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Accounting Today magazine, and today, CPA Trendlines.

As an expert in management, marketing, media and e-commerce, Mr. Telberg has served as Senior Editorial Director of Pro2Net Corp., now www.smartpros.com, and as Director of Online Content at CPA2Biz, www.cpa.com.

Previously, Mr. Telberg served as the early Editor-in-Chief of Accounting Today, and as Vice President/Group Publisher at Thomson Financial (now SourceMedia), overseeing Practical Accountant, Accounting Technology, and what is now AccountingToday.com.

Mr. Telberg was presented with a special citation by the National Society of Accountants for service to the profession and has served on a variety of boards and steering committees, including BKR International and the IBM Small Business Advisory Council. He is a graduate of New York University.

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