Lessons from the Trenches of Tax Season

The points not taught in college.

By CPA Trendlines Research

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  • How other practitioners are doing this season
  • How this season compares with last year’s
  • What other practitioners are doing differently this year
  • What practitioners have learned since last year
  • How others feel business and the economy will go – for the nation, for their firms, for their families
  • How practitioners rate their own firms – and why

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What tax preparers have learned since last year is always especially interesting. The comments of professionals in the trenches are a list of all the lessons not taught in college. Here are a few of them…

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