Congratulations! You made it! Tax filing season has finally drawn to a close so it's time to catch a breath and celebrate your accomplishments of the last few months.
Whether you're a semi-senior who’s been burning the midnight oil, a manager shouldering extra responsibilities, or a partner juggling team management and client relations, we extend a virtual high five to you for all your hard work. As you transition into this newfound period of tranquillity, now is the opportune moment to reflect, strategise, and position yourself for success for the upcoming tax season.
At Pro-Recruitment, we engage in insightful conversations with tax candidates, and it's evident that (as in previous years) the last tax season posed its own set of challenges – late nights, increased workloads, and the relentless pursuit of client data (despite firms implementing innovative strategies to encourage early submissions).
But now that the dust has settled, it might help to consider what changes and improvements can be made to enhance your professional life. This could be an opportunity for personal and professional growth, whether that involves refining the firm's structure, optimising organisational processes, or strengthening your team. Here are some of the key things you might consider:
Assess performance: It’s first worth assessing the firm's overall performance during the tax season. Were there areas that can be streamlined or enhanced? Are there technological solutions that could make processes more efficient? Evaluating current processes and considering potential adjustments can only help to create a more robust tax compliance powerhouse.
Improve staffing levels: If you found yourself managing a heavier workload due to staff shortages, now might be the time to address that challenge. Exploring opportunities to improve staffing levels, whether through recruitment, training, or restructuring roles within the team will be key, because building a resilient team will be crucial for future success.
It’s also a good idea to review your flexible work arrangements and remote collaboration tools - the experiences of the past couple of years have underscored the viability of remote work, and incorporating these flexible approaches can contribute to both employee satisfaction and operational efficiency.
Increase client engagement: Reflect on client interactions during the past season. Are there ways to improve communication and client engagement? You could consider implementing client relationship management tools, automation tools, and other creative strategies to foster better connections. Satisfied clients are obviously more likely to return, and that all stems from proactive communication.
Consider the implementation of advanced client relationship management (CRM) tools that go beyond basic tracking. These tools can provide insights into client preferences, behaviour patterns, and potential opportunities for cross-selling or up-selling services. Automation technologies can also streamline routine communication, freeing up time for more personalised interactions.
You could also explore the possibilities of client education programs. As tax legislation constantly evolves, keeping clients informed about changes that may impact them demonstrates proactive engagement. Webinars, newsletters, and interactive workshops are effective channels for disseminating information and enhancing client understanding.
Moreover, consider leveraging data analytics to gain a deeper understanding of client needs and preferences. By mining data from past interactions and feedback, you can tailor services to align more closely with client expectations.
Water the seeds and pluck the weeds: The final consideration is to assess your client portfolio and identify areas for growth or diversification. Are there specialisms you could explore that you aren’t currently offering? Are there some aspects you are focusing on which just aren’t worth the hassle?
And perhaps more importantly, did you pay enough attention to your most valuable clients? Can you add value to them going forward? Don't overlook the potential for growth within existing client relationships. Undertake a thorough analysis of the time and resources allocated to each client, comparing it against the revenue generated. This exercise provides clarity on the clients that contribute significantly to the firm's success and those that may be more resource-intensive than beneficial.
Conversely, now might be the time to bid farewell to clients who prove to be neither time nor cost-effective.
The post-tax season period is not just a breather but an opportunity for strategic planning and improvement. By addressing key areas such as team structure, performance, client relations, and portfolio management, you can set the stage for a more successful and less stressful 2024/25 tax season.
As specialists in recruiting tax advisers and accountants within the UK market, we understand the unique challenges you face. Our expertise lies in connecting professionals with opportunities that align with their skills, aspirations, and the needs of firms. Whether you're looking for a better work environment, a change in portfolio, or improved staffing, we can assist in ensuring you are better situated for the challenges and opportunities that the 2024/25 tax season may bring.