May 12, 2011

IRS Offers Continuing Education Opportunity

Now that the rigors of the tax filing season have eased a bit, it's time for those of us in the "tax professionals" community to start giving thought to the fulfillment of this year's continuing education requirements.

And the IRS has come forth with an offer -- forums for tax professionals in six cities, starting this summer. Enrolled agents, CPAs, certified finanacial planners and other tax professionals may wish to consider the offer -- three day events presented by IRS experts, discussing any number of topics involving federal and state tax issues. Some 40 different topics will be covered, each qualifying for continuing education credit, as may be approved by the various licensing bodies.

The forums will be conducted in the traditional seminar format, and will also feature a two day "expo," designed to fill tax professionals' needs, with representatives from IRS and other tax, financial, and business communities, offering their products and services. Attendees will also be exposed to the IRS "Preparer Services Room," to learn about the IRS's e-Services, offer comments on various initiatives and programs, or participate in a focus group.

And for those, perhaps, with unresolved pending problems, attendees will be invited to bring their most challenging unresolved case to the "Case Resolution Room," for some IRS assistance. The Service notes that last year, a total of 1,235 cases experienced a 97% on-site resolution rate.

Check out www.irstaxforum.com for details of dates, cities, costs and continuing education credits available.