Prepping for Busy Season

It's back! Are you ready for the forms, the calls, the emails, the extra staff, the right tools in place? This series will focus on best practices and tips to help you ensure this “season” goes as smoothly and successfully as possible.

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If workflow and efficiency are a top priority and you are interested in identifying areas where processes could be improved before tax...
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A new IRS schedule of user fees is now in effect and applies to taxpayers who have entered into installment agreements. An installment...
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It’s here! Accountants often share stories of working 87-hour weeks or gaining 20 pounds from all the stress over this few-month period...
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Writers and other freelancers know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overhauled the rules for medical insurance. What they might not know...
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Accounting and tax-preparation firms are the target of a new email scheme in which cybercriminals pretend to be clients in need of their...
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It remains to be seen if 2017 will be a sea-change year for the US tax code, but you can still count on using Microsoft Excel to compute...
Form 1040
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Taxpayers who make mistakes on their 1040 forms are subject to stiff penalties and interest charges, all nondeductible. Are taxpayers...
Form 1040
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Despite continuous cuts to IRS budgets and shrinking staffs, the agency remains able to deal with taxpayers who fail to file returns. The...
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If you’re anything like me, you were sitting there waiting for e-file to start on Jan. 23. This must be what IndyCar drivers experience...
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This is the time of the year when tax professionals work six-seven days a week and very long hours. Thus, it’s critical for them to conduct...
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Come April, the annual rite of passage known as filing your income taxes will be upon us, but this year there is some good news for...
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During a hectic tax season, any time away from actual accounting can be problematic, and this is especially true when scheduling your...
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There are valuable tax breaks for volunteer workers who perform chores for religious institutions and other charitable organizations...
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For accountants and tax return preparers who wonder if they get paid enough for the lunacy that is busy season, a recent survey by the...
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It is important to take an interest in your clients outside of their business accounting needs and there is no better time to do this than...
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To hold down a job, do you pay someone to care for a child under the age of 13, a disabled dependent of any age, or a disabled spouse?...
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It’s the second year of employer reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and while the law might soon be altered or replaced, for...
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The IRS has issued final versions of 2016 Form 1120, US Corporation Income Tax Return ; Form 1120S, US Income Tax Return for an S...