The most successful professional are those who keep up with the changing trends of their industry. For tax professionals, however, this can be a difficult feat to manage. In the ever-changing environment of tax work, here are a few tips to keep you informed of any tax updates.
Keep up with blogs that offer insight into tax news
Don't like reading through a lot of technical, bureaucratic language? Don't worry. Keep up with IRS and other federal news by subscribing to a newsletter or blog that puts it into simple, short news updates. Organizations like the National Society of Accountants (NSA) run frequently updated blogs with all the news on changing practices, deadlines, and possible scams the IRS warns of. They also provide links to the IRS homepages and other federal websites, making research even easier.
Blogs not enough for you? Consider enhancing your knowledge with some online education. Whether you're an old hat or still new to the game, a little extra learning never hurt anyone.
Spend some time engaged with webinars or other online resources to boost your knowledge and keep it updated. The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), for example, offers live and archived webinars on a variety of current tax policies and other news.
You can also use google alerts to stay on top of the latest trends in the industry. For instance, if you're interested in a topic like tax software, finding new ways to attract more clients, or tax law changes, you can set up alerts with the keyword "tax software" or "advertise tax business", and Google will send you push notifications about that topic. It's a fantastic way to get some quick updates throughout the year.
Join Professional Organizations
Those same organizations that run blogs and webinars also offer membership in their network of similar professionals. It's a great way to build connections real-time while keeping up-to-date on the latest tax news. Organizations like the National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP) host events ranging from special topics to larger seminars. Bonus? These events offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for certification or license renewal.
Don't run the risk of falling behind in your field. Keep one step ahead with these simple tips.