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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.”

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