Tax Practice Management

    Tax Practice Management 


    Light houseWhen it comes to running and managing a successful tax practice or tax department, you need the right tools and resources. CPA tax practitioners have unique and distinct needs – we understand them and have the resources to help you succeed! This page offers guidance, practice aids, tools, and educational resources specifically designed to help CPA tax practitioners better understand and deal with the day-to-day issues they face running a business that delivers tax services.

    Tax practice management topics include operating procedures (e.g., tax service delivery workflow), quality control procedures (e.g., technical review, compliance with tax practice standards), client communication strategies, managing technology (e.g., client portals and digital signatures), and billing practices. Tax practitioners also have unique staffing challenges, such as hiring for busy season, leveraging tax staff year-round, and retaining staff with the right mix of technical competency and business acumen to assure continued growth.

    More generalized firm practice management guidance in areas such as firm-wide operations, peer review and accounting and auditing issues, succession planning, and more is available in the Firm Practice Managements – PCPS interest area. The AICPA’s PFP Practice Center offers specialized resources for adding or expanding into personal financial planning and wealth management services. The AICPA’s Information Management and Technology Assurance interest area offers more substantial resources related to information assurance, internal controls, business process improvement, data analytics, and enhanced business reporting. We encourage you to learn more about all of the AICPA interest areas for more specialized guidance and resources related to managing all aspects of firm operations, management, and technical service delivery.

    Browse our complete library of tax practice management resources using the predefined search filters on the left. Clicking on these filters will result in a list of resources based on your choice. “By Topics” will result in a list of different types of resources and documents related to that topic. “By Document Type” will result in a list of resources of a particular type (e.g., checklist, sample letter, or engagement letter) regardless of topic. You can apply multiple filters to narrow your search. For example, if you select a topic (e.g., 7216), and then select a document type (e.g., practice guide), the results list will include a link to our 7216 Practice Guide.

    Tools & Resources

    We are constantly in the process of developing new or updated existing resources. Below are some of our highlighted resources.

     

    Learning

    Virtual
    • Tax Power Hour: Data Mining Your 1040 Database, Dec. 18: Learn how to use your Form 1040 client database effectively to extract information that can enhance or add client services. 

    • Hidden Treasures: Maximize Your Tax Section Membership, Jan. 8:  The Tax Section offers a variety of resources, tools, and practice aids to help make your life a little easier. Hidden Treasures is a FREE informational webcast that reviews all of the Tax Section membership benefits (for prospective members) and highlights newly added resources (for existing members).

    • Fundamentals of Tax Information and Data, Jan. 12: Hosted by the AICPA's Tax Information & Operations Management Task Force, this webcast will break down the various elements of the tax operations framework in detail, starting with tax information and data.

    Self-Study
    • Managing Your Tax Season: Reduce stress and make the most of your staff's time and skills with this hands-on guide to improving your tax season. Filled with checklists, sample letters, and worksheets to help keep your clients happy while effectively managing workflow during the busiest time of your year.


    This symbol identifies tools and resources available exclusively for Tax Section members. When accessing premium member-only content within the Tax Resource Library, you will be prompted to enter your user ID and password to validate your Tax Section membership. Not a member? Learn more about these premium resources along with the many other benefits of membership in the AICPA Tax Section.

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