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With new tax codes, there are a lot of changes for a tax professional to understand. And if new tax codes are already a lot for experts to understand, it is fair to assume they’re even more challenging for the average person. If you or your staff aren’t tax pros, or if you’re considering finding a new tax firm to help, now is a great time to find someone who’s a good fit. Missing out on potential deductions and various tax incentives costs you money, and often, the cost of having a professional review your tax information is small compared to what you can save. Having the right guidance might actually pay for itself.

Whether you need someone to help you understand the new tax laws, or if you’re just curious to explore if there’s someone who might offer better service or advice than your current tax consultant, here are some steps to take.

Determine What Kind of Tax Service You Need

First, consider what sort of help you need. Do you need more general accounting services including management of things like payroll or are you just looking for general help with navigating new tax codes, finding deductions, and filing your documents? Maybe you’re hoping to buy audit protection, so a tax pro can support you if the IRS scrutinizes your submission? Maybe you’re hoping someone can offer help with broader financial considerations like investments and retirement funds? Think about what you need before you start your search.

Ask Your Peers

The nice thing is that because everybody pays taxes, most of your peers will likely already work with a tax professional to help them make the process easy. Once you know what type of help you need, ask your friends, family, partners, and business relations if they have someone they’d recommend and find out why they’d recommend them. Asking around is the easiest way to find someone trustworthy, plus you can benefit from the personal insights of people you already know and whose opinions you value.

Research Online

Do a few online searches for words like “accountant,” “tax preparation,” “tax help” etc. to see what names pop up. Look at their websites, see what types of services they have, and write down a few that stand out. You may wish to read some of the reviews listed on Google when you search for these businesses, so you can gain some insight into their processes and what people like and dislike about working with that firm or independent tax pro.

Meet in Person

It’s not always easy to tell who is the right fit until you can meet someone in person. Qualifications are key, but you also have to trust the person you’ll be working with. Take your top list and see if you can schedule some time to discuss your tax needs and see what a few people would recommend. It’s usually easy to see who’s willing to put in the extra work for your company and who will make you feel like you’re just another client. Ask them if they have recommendations for you, explore their full range of services, and see how well they take care of you. You’ll know when you’ve found the right choice.

Conclusion

Tax pros get incredibly busy this time of year, and if you hope to find help and get your taxes filed by April 17, it’s wise to start your search right away. Once you find a good match, you should feel confident that at least for this year—and hopefully beyond—you have your taxes handled.

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    • Hi John,

      I'm glad you asked! I believe your company is in New Zealand, is that correct? You'll probably want to contact our sales team in Australia at sales[at]storagecraft.com.au or call +61 2 8061 4444. If you are interested in signing up in the United States or Canada, you can either submit an inquiry here: http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow-protect-msp.php or contact our sales team directly at 801.545.4700 or via email at sales[at]storagecraft.com.

  • This is good news that Shadowprotect will be supporting Linux OS. What if we use the current iso to take backup of linux OS, can it work for backup and restore? Let me know.

    • Hello Vinod,

      Yes, we believe this is great news that StorageCraft will be releasing a CrossPlatform version of ShadowProtect which supports both the Windows and Linux platforms. We're very excited about this news.

      The current release of the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment - CrossPlatform is a positive step towards supporting the Linux OS. Currently this CrossPlatform Recovery Environment is intended only for backing up and recovering Windows OS systems (including Windows 8 and Server 2012). Another release will have the complete tools for backing up and recovering both Linux and Windows systems. I can tell you that this later release will be out before the end of the year. Until then, thank you for your kind comments and we we're looking forward to providing you with more information about this exciting update in the near future. Check back with us again soon.

  • Thanks, Casey. This was a really interesting take on the NSA's new local data center. Despite the privacy concerns, I'm excited to see what this means for the state. Silicon Slopes is definitely filling up with some great names!

  • Rather than placing it somewhere that looks nice or aesthetically pleasing, make sure that it is located at a place that allows proper circulation of air.

  • Wow is this for real? You cover how easily a host can get a virus and how the tech runs at the base level?

    Has a vmware host ever gotten hacked or got a virus?

    Has a windows computer ever gotten hacked or got a virus?

    I almost spit out my water when I read the part about Hyper V and stability. We have both Hyper V (2008 R2/2012) and VMware. Some REAL facts.

    * We have gone over a year on some of our vmware clusters with out patching or rebooting a host. NONE of our Hyper V hosts have reached 90 days.

    * Install and setup of a clustered Hyper V host takes about 10 times longer than a clustered VMware host.

    * Upgrading a Hyper V cluster....IS NOT POSSIBLE. You cant have two versions in the same cluster so you must build a new cluster and migrate the VM's over. The migration requires downtime for all VM's on a SAN volume. Ugrading a typical 8 node VMware cluster takes about 90min as upgrade the hosts one at a time and reboot them. (VMware supports mixed versions on a cluster.)

    * Many functions in Hyper V are POWERSHELL only. For instance you cant mass upgrade the "VM additions" in SCVMM unless a guest is off. In VMware you can highlight 50 (or more) running VM's and update the vm tools. It requires a reboot but the effort is 10x easier to complete.

    * We have NEVER had a VMware host go down, at all, not once. We have had MANY hyper v hosts drop all of their VM's for many different reasons. 99% of the time its YET ANOTHER hotfix you cant get from Windows update, to fix a storeport driver, or a MPIO issue, or a failover cluster issue. There is NO WAY we would run our production servers on Hyper V.

    * Drivers....for Hyper V you can get them from your hardware vendor (Dell, HP, etc) or Microsoft, or right from say Intel or Broadcom. Often MS Premiere support will tell us to go to the NIC drivers sight and get the driver vs the Microsoft driver or the Dell driver when we have a problem. VMware.....gives you the ONLY drivers you need. Yes they re-package the vendor drivers but you get them from one source, they are tested and supported.

    A real comparison is not a technical white paper, its in the trench usage of these products.

  • Casey, congratulations on this blog post -- I could not agree more. I am the editor of the Varnex Insider magazine, and would like to talk with you about the possibility of publishing this blog in our next issue (with full credit to you and StorageCraft, of course). Please email me at the address I provided so we can talk about this. Thanks very much. -- John

  • Great post, thanks Casey Morgan for writing such an informative post. Every body knows the importance of backup but no one takes care of it. Thanks fro reminding and guiding for backups.

  • Another win-win with image-based backups which ShadowProtect delivers is the ability to take a full "base image" backup and then "incremental" backups which only capture the changes that have occurred -- greatly reducing the storage requirements for image-based backups.

    Then with ImageManager, you can consolidate the image chain over time, set retention policies and even take advantage of the new rolling consolidation feature in ImageManager 6.

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