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Taxpayer Advocate Service at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums

Each year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) participates in the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals.

2014 Tax Forums
Previous Tax Forums

2014 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums – Dates and Locations
The 2014 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums will take place on the following dates:

  • July 1 – 3, Chicago, IL
  • July 15 –17, San Diego, CA
  • July 22 – 24, New Orleans, LA
  • August 19 – 21, National Harbor, MC (Washington, D.C. area)
  • August 26 – 28, Orlando, FL
For more information about the 2014 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums, visit

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TAS Seminars
 Our seminars allow tax professionals to get the latest information on key federal tax issues. This year, the TAS sessions will focus on:

Advocating for Levy Release and Return of Levy Proceeds
This session will provide information to tax professionals with clients whose wages, bank accounts, or Social Security Administration payments are levied. The discussion will focus on helping the tax professional determine if the taxpayer is experiencing economic hardship and is entitled to levy release. Tax professionals may also assist their clients by advocating for the return of levied amounts. 

Advocating for Your Clients during the EITC Process by Using Alternative Documentation
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation's largest means-tested anti-poverty programs. However, low income taxpayers often experience unique challenges that prevent them from successfully navigating the IRS system. Two main problems are inconsistency as to what documentation the IRS will accept, and inflexibility in accepting proof. The denial of an otherwise eligible EITC claim can deprive a low income family of a much-needed resource. It can also impair the ability to claim the EITC in future years. Tax professionals can help by advocating for the use of alternative documentation, such as third-party affidavits, when representing low income taxpayers with EITC controversies.

Helping Your Clients with Offers in Compromise 
This presentation will cover the types of offers in compromise (OIC), when each type is most appropriate, the costs and terms of an OIC, and the process of applying for an offer. The presentation will also highlight strategies for effective tax administration OICs and OICs when your client has a tax liability due to reliance on a payroll service provider.  

There is no advance preparation or prerequisite required to attend these seminars. Access a complete list of IRS tax forum seminars.

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Seminars Available for CPE Credit
Seminars from prior Tax Forums are available at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO). Tax professionals can earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits through self-study seminars that use interactive videos synchronized with slides. NTFO courses may be taken for either continuing professional education credit or audit.This allows you to obtain pertinent information about a wide variety of tax topics and IRS procedures. Topics include TAS seminars, 2014 income tax law changes, education credits, EITC due diligence requirements and more. 
Downloadable PowerPoint slides and a transcript are also available for each seminar.

In addition to the recently added seminars, NTFO offers many other seminars from prior IRS Nationwide Tax Forums (some seminars are only available for audit). 

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