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Millions of people lost their jobs and filed for unemployment benefits each week for the past year. There are10 million Americans still unemployed, according to the latest Labor Department statistics. After a hard year during the pandemic, many people couldn’t wait to get their taxes done to close the chapter on 2020 and start fresh in 2021.
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“When a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.” — Plato
Well, here we are again — talking about tax busy season. It isn’t because it’s my favorite topic. But it might be one of the most important topics to tax practitioners and taxpayers. In a good year, I know tax busy season is a challenge. Both 2020 and 2021 have been, how should I say, memorable.
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It’s tax season.
That means it’s showtime for CPAs, and the show must go on. You are the star of the show, and your script constantly changes, making it difficult to keep yourself up to date and focused.
So, how can you motivate the rest of your hardworking team? Many activities and steps can motivate your team. Here are five that are the most critical for success.
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Around this time last year, 12 months and 135 years ago to be exact, we binge-watched “Tiger King” and pondered Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal departure. In early March 2020, we also worked through what we thought would be another conventional tax season. Remember when we were laser-focused on improving our client services and figuring out the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the term Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) wasn’t in our vocabulary? That all feels like a lifetime ago.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives, communities and ways of working upside down. We grappled with remote working and technology, dealt with IRS operational issues, struggled to keep up with new tax laws and guidance and took on new advisory roles while dealing with a never-ending tax season.
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If you are like many of the tax practitioners I’ve talked to lately, the 2020 filing season felt like a rambling run-on sentence.
Because of the pandemic, last year’s April 15 filing deadline was extended to July, which ran into fall extension season and bled into more tax legislation. Now we are staring down another April 15 deadline probably not as rested and refreshed as we usually are in late February.
However, to put things in perspective, I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes (I routinely say some version of this to my teenager, whether she wants to hear it or not):
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett
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