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By Scott Donnelly
I get anxious every January since it can be a bit slow. I also thrive on change. At the end of each year we brainstorm ways to make the next tax season a little more efficient. Challenging current procedures with an open mind is often productive. Our software programs are constantly changing. Sometimes we’re so overwhelmed just getting projects done that we don’t spend time reviewing new features. Involving less experienced staff can be enlightening since they don’t have old bad habits to break.
At the end of 2016 we brainstormed and created a list of options we believed would make our tax season a little smoother. After creating the list and reviewing our software we discovered there were features we were not taking advantage of that would make some of our procedures more efficient. As a result, we’re implementing a few new procedures that will hopefully reduce time and supply costs.
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