With big changes to tax laws and a rapid shift to cloud-based accounting services, more clients will seek help from experienced pros
NEWPORT BEACH, Jan 22, 2019 — ClientWhys, Inc., connecting taxpayers with top tax and accounting professionals via its TaxBuzz® and CountingWorks® marketplaces, today released their 4th annual TaxBuzz list of top tax professionals and 1st annual CountingWorks list of top cloud accounting experts. The TaxBuzz list includes 100 highly-rated independent tax professionals around the country, while the inaugural CountingWorks list showcases 50 accounting providers who operate outstanding cloud-based practices.
“With the growing tax complexity and technology disruption, it is more important than ever to have a qualified human watching your personal and business finances. Our TaxBuzz and CountingWorks lists include the best of the best, as ranked by the people who know them best: their clients,” said Lee Reams II, CEO of ClientWhys. He continued, “Tax law changes, automation, AI and the cloud are all shifting the roles of tax and accounting professionals and are altering how these pros engage with their clients. Tax pros and accountants are now able to provide much more high-level expertise, coaching and strategic insights to their clients, and the cloud allows virtual working relationships that can make it affordable for on-demand engagements. The professionals on our lists are second to none when it comes to cloud accounting and virtual services. Trust is a huge factor and the pros on our lists have many glowing client reviews to demonstrate how well they serve their clients.”
Online reviews continue to be one of the most important criteria used to select products and services, including services from local professionals like tax pros and accountants. A 2018 survey by BrightLocal showed that 86% of consumers used online reviews for local businesses and 78% trusted online reviews as much as personal recommendations.*
One of the professionals on the TaxBuzz Top 100 list, Terrence Hawkins, EA, noted, “Although we started to see changes to the tax law beginning last year, this is the first filing season when taxpayers will see how it actually impacts them. Because of this, taxpayers should choose carefully when getting help. With all the changes, there may be a higher risk of making mistakes when using self-service software options or hiring tax preparers who have not been properly vetted and reviewed.”
“With all the changes in tax laws in 2018, it’s rewarding to be recognized by our clients during such tumultuous times. Rather than going it on their own, taxpayers and businesses really do need qualified professionals to advise them through this tax season, and it’s not too late to get help now,” said TaxBuzz Top 100 professional Alexis Gallati, EA.
The TaxBuzz.com site includes an option called “MatchMe” which allows site visitors to provide information on the types of help needed, geographic location and other preferences. TaxBuzz then matches the taxpayer with highly-rated accountants and tax professionals based on its proprietary algorithm using factors such as review quality and quantity, TaxBuzz Verified status, services offered, industry specialties and more.
CountingWorks.com, launched in the summer of 2018, provides a marketplace for clients to find qualified cloud accounting and virtual finance help, including CPAs, virtual CFOs, bookkeepers and other accounting professionals. Similar to TaxBuzz’s “MatchMe” feature, CountingWorks matches clients with their ideal professional based on service desired, company size, industry, accounting software and more.
Inclusion in the TaxBuzz Top 100 and CountingWorks Top 50 lists was based on several criteria including the number and quality of five-star reviews received during the 2018 calendar year. Professionals included on the list will be awarded with a unique badge that will be added to their TaxBuzz and CountingWorks profiles and their practice websites demonstrating this honor.
“It’s very exciting to have been selected for the first ever list of the Top 50 CountingWorks professionals,” said Christopher Cherico, EA. “As a small practice that puts so much effort into keeping up with the latest cloud technology, it’s great to be recognized. CountingWorks has helped us connect with and inform small business owners about our expertise and I am sure the demand for our cloud services will continue to grow in 2019.”
To see the full list of the TaxBuzz Top 100 Tax Professionals, visit:
To see the full list of the CountingWorks Top 50 Cloud Accounting Experts, visit:
With the tax season officially starting on January 28, 2019 and the individual deadline coming on April 15, 2019, taxpayers are well advised to start early by visiting the TaxBuzz.com site to schedule an appointment with a qualified professional. Some of the highest-rated professionals on TaxBuzz regularly stop taking new clients early in the tax season.
Additionally, the beginning of a new year is a chance to start fresh with your small business accounting and finances. There is no better time to find a top-rated cloud accounting expert, virtual CFO, CPA or accounting professional using CountingWorks.com to get off on the right foot in 2019.
TaxBuzz, a service of ClientWhys, Inc., connects taxpayers with top-rated tax and accounting professionals around the United States. With more than 500,000 accountants and tax professionals, millions of visitors and hundreds of thousands of connections made, TaxBuzz is the easy and fast way for small business owners and individuals to find five-star tax professionals. With its proprietary MatchMe algorithm, TaxBuzz matches users to pros based on factors such as the types of services needed, geography as well as the industries and specialties of the small business. For more information or to find a tax professional, visit www.TaxBuzz.com.
CountingWorks, a new service of ClientWhys, Inc., was established to provide a marketplace for small business owners to find top-rated cloud accounting and virtual CFO help, including CPAs, EAs and accounting professionals. Clients can search by service type, industry specialties, location and more. By comparing rich, in-depth profiles and showcasing background-screened professionals and verified client reviews, business owners can be confident that they will discover the accounting pro that best meets their needs. For more information or to find a cloud accounting professional, visit www.CountingWorks.com.
For tax or accounting practices wanting to be included in the TaxBuzz and/or CountingWorks marketplaces, contact our CountingWorks PRO team at www.countingworkspro.com or call 1-800-442-2477 x3.
About ClientWhys, Inc.
Trusted by thousands of tax and accounting professionals and with award-winning marketing automation technology, ClientWhys has been helping professionals to build and grow five-star practices for more than a decade. With its CountingWorks PRO marketing automation technology, ClientWhys provides small firms with state-of-the-art digital marketing technology and automation solutions which include websites, blogs, email newsletters, secure client portals, appointment and e-sign tools, social media marketing, search engine optimization, reputation building and more. With its TaxBuzz and CountingWorks financial marketplaces, ClientWhys provides ways for millions of small business owners and taxpayers to connect and engage. For more information, visit www.countingworkspro.com or call 1-800-442-2477.
*BrightLocal Local Consumer Review Survey 2018 (https://www.brightlocal.com/learn/local-consumer-review-survey/)
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