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SIGN OF THE TIMES

ole practitioners tearing their hair out as April 15 approaches can Google virtual assistants (VAs) and find cyberoffice help for all types of support services. Paid hourly or on retainer, a VA can manage your Web site, assist with newsletter development, schedule and confirm appointments or even produce and submit client extensions and estimated (ES) payment forms. Phoenix-based VA Amber Miller says, “Tax-season overload can clog CPAs’ daily business operations, but a qualified VA can help them manage despite the paper tornado.” She’s at www.smarttofinish.com . Another site, www.theoutsourcedoffice.com , promises all its VAs are “homegrown in the United States.”

SPONSORED REPORT

Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.