IRS Announces End of Unannounced Taxpayer Visits (Mostly)

States. The change in policy does not impact Special Agents.

Safety

Why the shift to (mostly) eliminating surprise visits from IRS Revenue Officers? Safety is cited as the main concern. Unannounced visits to taxpayers, whether at home or their business, can be risky. Historically, IRS Revenue Officers faced contentious and sometimes dangerous conditions during their unannounced visits.

Taxpayer Confusion

There is also a growing number of scam artists pretending to be IRS agents or officers. As a result, taxpayers are increasingly wary of unannounced visits, and this causes confusion for both the taxpayer and law enforcement.

The difficulty in distinguishing between IRS representatives and fakes has caused concern for taxpayers already on guard for scam artists. The IRS believes that maintaining trust among the public will go a long way to maintaining the legitimacy of the organization.

Appointment Letters In Lieu of Visits

In place of these previously unannounced visits, the IRS will contact taxpayers through a 725-B letter, more colloquially known as an appointment letter.

An appointment letter will facilitate scheduling in-person meetings, with the opportunity for the taxpayer to prepare any information and documentation beforehand, allowing for quicker resolution of cases. These meetings occur at a pre-determined time, date, and place.

Limited Visits Will Still Occur

The policy change does not completely eliminate unannounced visits by the IRS. In “extremely limited situations,” such as serving summonses and subpoenas and the seizure of assets, unannounced visits will still occur. To give some perspective, these types of visits will account for only a few hundred per year compared to the tens of thousands of unannounced visits under the old policy.

Conclusion

Unannounced IRS visits are (almost) a thing of the past. They will be carried out only in rare, necessary cases, with most Revenue Officer visits being pre-scheduled. This should ease taxpayer anxiety and make case resolution more efficient.

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How to Write an Awesome Accounting Bio

Engaging

Yes, attention spans in our world are woefully short, much like that of gnat. You have seconds to grab someone’s attention. Write your bio as if you were looking for an accountant. How would you word it? What would catch your eye? Of course, you’d start with your name and title, but what after that? Spend time thinking about this.

Don’t Use First Person

While social media is all about saying “I this” and “I that,” when it comes to bios, it’s best not to do that, use the third person as if you were talking about someone else. For instance, “John Davis is a CPA at Ernst & Young.” After that, you can launch into telling the world just how awesome you are.

Use Active Voice

And avoid passive voice. An example of this would be something like, “John’s team was involved in the overhaul of the payroll system.” For active voice, you’d write it like this:  “John’s team overhauled the payroll system.” See the difference? You’ve cut out extra words and adjusted your verb to be active. A quick way to check your writing for passive voice is to do a search in your document for an “of.” If you spot these babies, fix them right away.

Update Your Social Media Profiles

While most people use LinkedIn, many others who are looking for a job include their bios on their social media pages. In fact, you might update your bio on your LinkedIn page and then share it on Facebook, Instagram, or other platforms you use. This way, when employers are casually scrolling, you’ll appear in their feed. And if they’re looking for someone, all the better.

End Strong

The abbreviation in the marketing world is CTA, or Call to Action. You see it on nearly every digital ad as a button. But if you reimagine it in terms of the last sentence of your bio, it can leave a lasting impression and, hopefully, trigger a response. You might end your bio with a short, friendly statement, your email, and your phone number: “John is actively seeking employment, can be reached at [FILL IN INFO], and is just a ping or phone call away.” No matter what you choose to end with, it should reflect you and your personality.

If you need a little help to get started, here are two different samples:

Sally Smith is a CPA and a Senior Accountant at ABC Company, a full-service tax and bookkeeping firm in Home Town, USA.

John Jones joined ABC Company in 2000. In his current role, he is a seasoned tax preparer with a focus on international taxes. This involves staying up-to-date with current and future tax regulations for foreigners living and working in the United States and abroad, as well as state tax regulations in California and Florida.

Writing an accountant bio that will stand out from the crowd will take a bit of time, but it is well worth it. You want to present yourself in the best possible light to your audience. When you do this, you’ll get more traction and, in turn, more business.

How Businesses Can Leverage Data and Personalization for Targeted Campaigns and Growth

analyzing, and leveraging data to make informed decisions. Therefore, business owners need to understand how to harness the power of data and personalization to create targeted campaigns that drive growth.

Importance of Data and Personalization in Modern Business

Businesses today collect loads of data, enabling them to understand their customers’ preferences, behaviors and interests. The data comes from different channels, such as a business website, emails, or social media. It is then used to identify patterns and trends to make informed marketing decisions. This yields valuable insights that help craft highly personalized and effective marketing strategies.

Data is the foundation of personalization strategies. Personalization involves tailoring customer experiences to meet individual interests, needs, and preferences. It aims to build strong customer relationships, encourage engagement, and drive revenue and growth.

Personalization takes different approaches, such as recommendations based on previous purchases, creating unique landing pages, or sending emails based on customer browsing behavior. For example, e-commerce websites recommend products based on user browsing history and search queries.

Business owners can’t afford to ignore personalization since customers today are more informed, can easily access information, have more options, and have more control over purchase decisions. Furthermore, customers are more demanding and want to be recognized as individuals, expecting to receive personalized experiences. This has rendered traditional, one-size-fits-all marketing strategies obsolete.

How Businesses Can Use Data and Personalization for Targeted Campaigns and Growth

Using a data-driven approach, a business can create campaigns that deliver the right message to the right audience at the right time by doing the following:

1. Audience segmentation

Capturing the attention of a specific audience segment leads to higher conversion rates. To do this, a business can leverage data insights to segment the target audience. This means it is possible to categorize potential customers based on demographics, interests, or browsing behavior.

2. Crafting personalized content

Once segmentation is complete, it becomes possible to create tailored campaigns that resonate with each segment’s unique preferences. Aside from addressing customers by their names, it involves delivering content that speaks directly to their needs, interests, and pain points. This could include product recommendations based on past purchases or sending targeted offers that align with customer browsing history.

3. Omnichannel personalization

Customers interact with businesses using various channels, such as a business website, social media, emails, and mobile apps. A business can integrate data and personalization efforts to ensure a seamless journey for customers, regardless of where they engage. Additionally, it is crucial to deliver consistent and personalized experiences across these channels.

4. Continuous improvement in data-driven campaigns

Data insights also help guide businesses on the most suitable content and distribution strategies. They can analyze types of content performing well and in which channels. For example, a business can conduct A/B testing to compare campaign and content variations to identify the most effective approach for each segment.  

5. Measuring and analyzing results

To establish the effectiveness of personalized campaigns, a business will need to develop clear key performance indicators (KPIs) and measurement methods. One way to measure the impact of personalization is through customer engagement. This is done by measures such as click-through rates on personalized emails, customer retention rates, customer lifetime value, customer feedback, and number of sales.

It is worth noting that to make the most out of data insights. It is helpful to invest in advanced analytics tools or collaborate with data experts.

6. Adapting to changing trends

The digital landscape is evolving constantly, with new technologies and trends emerging regularly. Businesses must stay updated on these changes and adapt their personalization strategies accordingly. Remaining flexible and open to innovation ensures that the company’s targeting efforts are relevant and effective.

Data Privacy and Security

Although personalization in modern business is crucial, it must be balanced with privacy concerns. First, a business must be transparent about the data it collects and how it will be used. In addition, businesses need to be careful with the data they collect. They must ensure data security by safeguarding data storage and using safe transmission methods, have access control limits, and regularly audit data privacy policies and practices. Customers should be allowed to opt out of data collection and personalization efforts easily.

Customer data must be well protected to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. It also helps build trust with customers. Besides, a breach of trust can severely affect a business’s reputation and growth.

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