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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.”

PODCAST

What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.

VIDEO

What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.