It’s officially 2020, and everyone is buzzing with renewed energy for self-improvement. Maybe you’ve even started working on your own resolutions (anyone else attempting to cut back on coffee?). This time of personal reflection is a great time to think about professional resolutions. To get you started, we rounded up seven resolutions for tax and accounting professionals to consider this year.
Tax season resolutions
Plan for a smoother tax season. For those who manage a tax practice, it may be helpful to plan an annual meeting with all employees so that everyone can brainstorm how to make processes and procedures better before tax season starts. Often tax staff and administrative employees have a lot of suggestions for improvement.
Commit to maintaining work-life balance. Even if you work a ton during busy season, set limits. For example:
- Never work past midnight
- Have dinner with your family three times a week
- Don’t check your work email while you are with family or friends
Come up with a team flexibility plan. For example, have certain nights during the week when people can go home early, eat dinner with their family, and work from home later that night.
Get your CPE credits done early. Make getting CPE credits a priority so that you’re not scrambling at the end of the year.
Learn how to use technology more effectively. Make a goal to learn how to more effectively use technology or find better tools to help manage your workload and practice more efficiently.
Become more efficient at one task. Identify a task that you do 10 times per day and figure out a way to do it just a little bit more efficiently. The time savings add up over weeks and months.
Provide more value to your clients. As tax preparation is becoming more and more commoditized, offering other services will help you stand out and add value to your clients. Tax resolution is a great opportunity to do this.
If you are interested in adding tax resolution to your lineup of services, download our ebook How to Start Offering Tax Resolution.