Friday, July 15, 2011

FYI: IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in San Jose

We've been asked by our National Public Liaison Team to help promote the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in San Jose. This is the first year an IRS Nationwide Tax Forum has been offered in San Jose!  Thus far the registration has been low compared to other locations. If you've been to the Forum in Las Vegas, you have probably dealt with crowds and long lines.  The Forum in San Jose will provide a much more relaxed and comfortable experience since there are fewer registered. You will have easier access to all of the same sessions offered in Las Vegas with smaller crowds Also, the California Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization will have representatives at the San Jose Forum but not at the Las Vegas Forum.  Please encourage your members to attend the Forum in San Jose! 


 Dear California Enrolled Agent: 

The IRS invites you and other tax professionals to register early for one of the six IRS Nationwide Tax Forums being held this summer. Those who take advantage of the early registration save $129.  The enrollment cost for those who register early is $206 per person, a savings of over 38 percent off the late or on-site registration price of $335. The early registration period closes two weeks prior to each forum.
The forums are three-day events presented by IRS experts and partner organizations that offer up-to-date information on federal and state tax issues and the opportunity to receive up to 18 continuing education credits. In a 2010 survey, the forums received a 95 percent satisfaction rate.  This year, 40 different topics are being covered, each qualifying for continuing professional education credit for enrolled agents and certified public accountants. 

In addition to the seminars and workshops, the forums feature a two-day expo designed with the tax professional in mind, with representatives from the IRS and other tax, financial, and business communities offering their products and services.  Attendees can also visit the IRS Preparer Services Room and learn about the agency’s e-Services to benefit their business, offer comments on various initiatives and programs, or participate in a focus group session.

Finally, attendees are invited to bring their most challenging unresolved case to the Case Resolution Room.  Participants are encouraged to bring the case resolution data sheet (see the Forum website) completed to speed the process faster.  Last year, a total of 1235 cases had a 97 percent on-site resolution rate. 

The only Forum being held in Californiwill be in San Jose. To register for this Forum, visit   Thank you! 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #94-07690
Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
SBSE Communications, Liaison & Disclosure
510-637-2199/ fax 510-637-2434


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