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11 items to cover in a pre-tax season staff meeting
What to do during busy tax season
Procedures revised
after last year’s post-tax season wrap-up meeting

Changes to the organizers
, particularly those related to ACA, FBAR and FATCA filing obligations, and the sharing economy

Applicable professional standards
  • The AICPA
    Statements on Standards for Tax Services,

  • The AICPA
    Code of Professional Conduct
    , and
  • U.S. Treasury Department
    Circular No. 230 (Rev. 6-2014)

The firm’s tax practice quality control manual

Tax preparation process and procedures

Firm privacy and security policies
including how to respond if a “phishing” email is received

Engagement letter usage,
including usage for tax planning, consulting and tax audit representation services

E-filing procedures

Penalties applicable to taxpayers and preparers

Review the most frequent errors found by reviewers
on prior year individual and business income tax returns. Remind preparers to exercise due diligence in compiling and assembling tax information, and to communicate clearly with clients about any concerns

Emphasize the importance of documenting discussions
with clients