Need a Hand?


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.”

NEWS

IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.