As a service to the professional tax community, I have created an online directory of licensed practitioners to help potential clients find you. This service is open to licensed CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys only.
Ever since the PTIN database become public record, numerous companies have created web-based tax preparer directories. They offer a free “basic” listing to everybody, and then spam the entire email list provided by the IRS in order to get you to pay for an “enhanced” listing.
Since these directories list EVERYBODY with a PTIN, there is no real quality control for those directories. On top of that, out of the four that I’ve taken the time to investigate, I have found no evidence that they are doing anything to actually bring web search traffic to the directory, which makes it essentially useless.
My goal for BestCPA.org is to create a manually edited directory of licensed tax professionals only. All directory entries are manually reviewed, possibly edited, and approved by me.
On top of that, I will be actively working to promote the directory itself to the general public, in order to get visitors to the site that are actually going to search for you. Also, when the directory gets actual search traffic, it makes the link back to your own web site have some actual value, as compared to the spam-directories mentioned above that provide no “link juice” for search engine benefit of your own site.
How to submit a directory listing: Everybody that has a login/password for the Members Area here on TaxMarketingHQ.com automatically has access to submit a listing on BestCPA.org. You have a login/password here if you have ever purchased any of our courses or have a Premium membership. Use the same login/password and login to the BestCPA.org listing submission area.
Review process:: After you submit a profile listing, I’ll receive an email to review it. I’ll take a few verification steps, such as checking with your board, bar, or the IRS OPR, checking your BBB record, poking around on Google, etc. It may take me up to a week to review profiles, and my approval or rejection of a listing application will be quite subjective, just to be honest.
Premium members: As an added benefit of Tax Marketing Premium membership, Premium members with approved listings on BestCPA.org will receive “featured” status in the directory.