Beth Tucker and Nina Olson of the Internal Revenue Service Keynote Presenters at AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference
Join us Nov. 3-5, 2011, in New York City for the 2011 Fall Meeting & Education Conference. Here the latest from high ranking officials at the Internal Revenue Service:
• Beth Tucker, Deputy Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
Deputy Commissioner Tucker will discuss how the IRS is strengthening its partnership with tax professionals to respond to today's challenges. She will touch on several of the new initiatives the IRS is facing, as well as the challenges, including workforce issues and enhanced technology. She will share how the IRS is helping taxpayers meet their responsibilities during economic hardship, and the continuing need to promote fairness in the tax system by employing enforcement tools when appropriate.
• Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
In her 2010 Annual Report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate identified three major challenges for the IRS over the next 10 years: the overwhelming complexity of the Internal Revenue Code, the delivery of social and economic program delivery into an IRS revenue collection structure and the movement toward greater automation at the expense of personal interaction with taxpayers.
Rates are available for day only education sessions and education only! Don't miss out! Register now by visiting us online at www.attorney-cpa.com.
AAA-CPA recognizes National Estate Planning Awareness Week (Oct. 17 - 23, 2011)
The NAEPC Education Foundation, the Synergy Summit, (www.synergypro.org), a unified think tank and voice of the leadership of following eight major financial and legal services organizations:
• American Association of Attorney - Certified Public Accountants
• American Bar Association - Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
• American Bar Association - Tax Section (Estate and Gift Tax Committee)
• American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Society of Financial Service Professionals
• National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
• National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
• Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
Other professional organizations representing over 400,000 attorneys, accountants, trust officers, life insurance and financial planning professionals, have made an ongoing commitment to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week, the third week in October each calendar year.
Click here for the full press release.
Call for Heckerling booth assistance
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist us at our booth during the 26th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning being held Jan. 9-13, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. If you are willing to assist us recruit new members, please download the sign-up form by clicking here, and place your name in an open time slot. Forms may be faxed to 888-272-2889 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Time slots are 30 minutes in duration and are during heavy traffic times in the exhibit hall. Final decisions on booth assignments will be made by the AAA-CPA Staff and volunteers will be notified by Dec. 15, 2011.
The AAA-CPA is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 officers for the Florida Association of Attorney-CPAs:
Chairman of the Board: Sydney S. Traum; President: Domenick R. Lioce; Executive Vice President: Merrill Bailey; Secretary: Traci Kratish; Treasurer: Michael Leone; Regional Vice Presidents: Southwest: Basil Bain; Tampa/St. Pete: Janette McCurley; Central: Anthony Diaz; Southeast: Vivian Rodriguez; Northeast: Hans Tanzler III; Directors at Large: JoAnn M. Koontz, Stephen L. Perrone, Gerard ("J.J.") Wehle, Jr.
Member Susan Krehbiel William named to 'Best Lawyers' List
"Best Lawyers", the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Susan Krehbiel William as the "Topeka 'Best Lawyers' Tax Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. William is a member of the law firm of Coffman, Defries & Nothern, a professional association, Topeka, Kan., and member of the AAA-CPA.
After more than a quarter of a century in publication, "Best Lawyers" is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year".
"Best Lawyers" compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.
Steven Naifeh, president of "Best Lawyers", says, "We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Susan Krehbiel William on being selected as the "Topeka 'Best Lawyers' Tax Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.
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