Tax Preparation Checklist for New Tax Preparation Offices
- EFIN- Electronic Filing Identification Number
Is your EFIN approved? If not, where are you in the process? Have you started your registration for your tax business?
- PTIN- Preparer Tax Identification Number
Is your PTIN renewed for the upcoming season? Are PTINs renewed for all the tax preparers in your tax business? Are you AFSP? Did you consent to circular 230 in your PTIN account?
- Is your tax office fully trained? – Software and procedures
Has each tax preparer in your tax office gone through tax software training on the current year tax software program? Have they done practice returns and completed any appropriate IRS continuing education courses? Are your tax preparers doing AFSP?
- Tax Office Marketing- Winning clients
Have you solidified your marketing budget for your tax business? How many marketing channels are you using? Are your marketing plans in order? Are your employees familiar with current promotions? Are you effectively tracking your marketing efforts? Are you setting goals for yourself and tracking effectiveness to determine a return on investment?
- Software & Network- Programs and tax prep workstations
Is your 2017 tax software installed? Are all of your workstations networked properly? If you’re on an online tax software platform, do you have your favorites updated? Do all tax preparers know how to access the tax software?
- Bank Products- No up-front cost options
Do you want to offer the Tax Refund Advance? Are you enrolled for bank products? Have you already received your bank-issued check stock and pre-paid debit cards? Are you prepared for the facilitation of bank products?
- Hardware- Computers, printers and scanners
Is all of your hardware hooked up and functioning normally? Printers set to print? Ink replaced if necessary? Has anti-virus software been installed on all workstations?
- Resources- Worksheets and other information
Does everyone in the tax office know where to access tax office resources, tax support and technical support? Do you have important IRS numbers listed for easy access?
- Filing & Office Procedures- File and follow-up
Does each tax preparer know the tax office procedures for tax filing and post-filing follow up? What is your documentation procedure? Are all tax preparers familiar with how to scan, label and store clients’ sensitive tax information? Are you using your digital filing cabinet?
Posted: December 5, 2017