Website of the Month Overview of Organizations for Tax Professionals

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Website of the Month Overview of Organizations for Tax Professionals


Anders, Susan B., The CPA Journal


While tax professionals await the legislative outcomes of the recent national election, they should remain cunent on tax issues. The following websites can help.

Tax Executives Institute

The Tax Executives Institute (TEl) is an association of corporate tax executives that fosters networking and exchanging information on tax issues. Its website, http:// www.tei.org, includes articles, reports, blogs, and Tax Executive magazine. The TEI's tax news blog includes a tax reform survey and a postelection analysis. Its state and local tax blog addresses a variety of tax topics, including international issues. Users can view The Tax Executive's bimonthly issues as webpages or PDFs. One recent article discussed five myths about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), such as the notion that FATCA is a tax and that it does not apply to nonfinancial companies.

National Association of Tax Consultants

The National Association of Tax Consultants (NATQ provides publications, education, and advocacy for its members, as well as information for the general public. Its website, httpy/www jiatctax.org, allows users connect to federal and selected state tax forms, and find information on becoming enrolled agents (EA) or registered tax return preparers (RTRP). Nonmembers can access articles about choosing a tax preparer and search the NATC membership list by geographic area and specialization. The website also contains details on the IRS's EA enrollment examination and the RTRP examination.

The education webpage features links to IRS webinars and Tax TaDc Today programs, and it provides the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for EAs and RTRPs. The additional resources webpage offers external links, grouped under general, federal government, state/local government, professional organizations, and tax research categories.

Council on State Taxation

The Council on State Taxation (COST), a nonprofit trade association for multistate corporations, represents corporate taxpayers on state tax issues. Its website, http://www.cost.org, provides access to state and local tax policy information, a public job bank, and links to tax organizations and government entities.

The state tax library section presents a variety of documents, including COST policy statements, amicus briefs, studies and articles, and state tax policy reports. Policy statements are short PDFs that cover official COST positions on topics such as financial accounting for state and local taxes. Amicus briefs support COST members on issues of general importance or for which COST can provide a unique perspective. Studies, articles, and reports address subjects such as amnesty programs and business tax burdens. …

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