BUSY SEASON: Fear, Hope & Frustration

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By Rick Telberg
CPA Trendlines

America’s tax practitioners are in a swirl of fear, hope, and frustration as they recover from the IRS shutdown, present their clients with the realities of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, and scramble to deal with new regulations, unobtainable IRS forms, obsolete software, and inevitable filing extensions.

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The 2019 CPA Trendlines Busy Season Barometer is forecasting a profitable year, but the higher revenues are coming with higher anxiety.

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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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