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Two Certainties in Life, Freight & Taxes: Why LSPs & Preparers Matter

April 14, 2023 Kevin Baxter

Tax Freight

As Tax Day rolls around in the U.S., it's worth noting that freight and taxes are among the certainties of life. Neither one is going anywhere anytime soon (unless you're referring to the actual movement of freight, in which case, carry on), and the right help matters to make both freight and taxes go smoothly. Why? While freight is usually viewed more favorably than taxes, both can conjure feelings of frustration when it comes to paperwork, costs and the general amount of time & effort it takes to manage them. On top of that, there's the nagging worry especially for smaller businesses that a detail was missed that could lead to negative consequences. For help with the IRS and government levies, businesses can turn to tax preparers. And fortunately, there's a place businesses can turn for freight shipping needs as well: logistics service providers (LSPs).

Why a logistics service provider is like a tax preparer

Logistics service providers and tax preparers share commonalities when it comes to their roles helping businesses dot all the i's and cross all the t's that they may otherwise struggle handling with their day-to-day staff. Both are (ideally):

  • Experts who know the intricacies of laws, codes and regulations
  • Available to answer questions and make helpful suggestions
  • Detail-oriented, helping businesses avoid costly oversights and errors
  • Fighting for the best rates to keep customers' costs as low as possible
  • Always planning ahead and strategizing to anticipate issues and make adjustments
  • Looking to provide high quality service that keeps clients coming back
  • Able to take on an entire complex process themselves after an initial consultation, taking the burden off the business
  • Licensed/certified/registered with the ability to check their records and client feedback
  • There to provide peace of mind and reduce anxiety

On top of all these similarities is the additional value-add of an LSP: freight isn't a once-a-year proposition. Shippers are moving loads year-round amidst a constantly changing freight market. The right LSP is able to adjust accordingly, handling ebbs and flows in volume from the shipper and capacity & rate fluctuations from carriers. Again, it's all about allowing a business to focus on what they do best and taking worry away.

So as Tax Day approaches, if you've been using a tax preparer for your business filings, consider an LSP for your business's shipping needs. You'll likely be glad you did - and you also need look no further than the next sentence to find one. Simply fill in a few details and we'll get back to you to discuss how InTek can take your freight shipping burden away. For more information about InTek, or logistics and supply chain issues in general, check out our Freight Guides.

And by the way, we're pleased to announce we've been included in FeedSpot's list of the Top 45 Freight Blogs. Check us out at number 15 and please do peruse the rest of the list for other excellent freight resources, along with other FeedSpot lists on a variety of topics. You can subscribe to our blog anytime for the latest updates from us as well.

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