Complex changes to tax laws and uncertainty around regulations - and 2010 saw almost unprecedented levels of both - always drive more taxpayers to turn to professional tax return preparers.

Facing this onslaught of confused clients, firms need to make sure that they're fully staffed, that their practitioners are trained and ready (and registered with the Internal Revenue Service, where appropriate), and that they're up to date on the latest tax law changes. For all this and more, see our "Tax Season Kickoff" special report, beginning here.

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