Go to a tax seminar and retire at lunch
A very first happened this year. A gentleman at one of our seminars came out around 11:30 a.m. (right after the §199A discussion) and told me he didn't want to do tax returns any more. It was just too much. He explained that he had sold his practice around three years ago but still did returns for family and friends — you know, the people who pay little or nothing for your toil. He didn't know what to do.
I suggested that he contact the person who had purchased his practice and see if they would take these clients. Or, he could also refer them to other tax pro friends. I told him that my experience was that it's all or nothing. Don't just get rid of a few and still do close family. Imagine doing an IRC §199A return for your brother. The IRS audits it and now you're back in the grind.
He thanked me with a thoughtful look on his face.
After lunch he came up to me with his book in his arm. "Thanks," he said. "I've contacted the guy who bought my practice, and he'll take the clients and even pay me for them. I quit. Since I'm not doing taxes any more, I don't need to stay."
With a smile on his face, he said, "Thanks for everything. I especially enjoyed the chicken lunch today!"