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Schools for Tax Professionals Planned for Two Locations

Burlington--The Affordable Care Act and its tax implications, divorce tax issues and changes in Vermont and federal tax laws top the agenda at the 2013 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Income Tax Schools.

Tax practitioners, accountants and other professional tax preparers are invited to attend the annual school at one of two locations: the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Nov.6-7 or the Killington Grand Resort Conference Center, Killington, Nov. 13-14. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and the schools fill up fast.

Registration is $299 if paid by Sept. 16, $339 after that date with an additional $100 charged for registrations received within five days of the event. The fee covers all sessions and course materials including a copy of the 2013 National Income Tax Workbook and a CD containing more than 7,000 pages of indexed and linked information from current and past workbooks. Lunch and refreshments on both days also are included in the price.

In addition, participants may sign up for a bonus session on ethical tax practices for an additional $25. The session, taught by Max Gavin, owner of Vermont Tax Pro in Barre (and known as the singing CPA), and Joan Holloway, a certified public accountant (CPA) from Monkton, will focus on record retention, consents, data security and other technologies used in tax practices.

To register online or for course information, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/taxschool. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Elaine Burnor at (800) 639-2130, ext. 430, by Oct. 21.

"This is the best and most comprehensive tax school of the year," says Glenn Rogers, UVM Extension tax school coordinator. "The schools boast an impressive roster of instructors, all leading experts in their fields.

"Almost one-third of the nearly 1,350 registered professional tax preparers in Vermont attend the schools each year for the latest information and updates on tax legislation, regulations and rulings that will affect tax preparation for 2013," he adds.

Instructors include Rick Wolfish, a CPA with Gallagher, Flynn and Company in Burlington, who will demystify the complicated rules of the Affordable Care Act. Devon Green, a Montpelier attorney, will complement his talk with a presentation on the state's role with the Affordable Care Act.

Claude Schwesig, a Burlington CPA and internationally recognized expert on Canadian and foreign taxation issues, will discuss individual taxpayer issues. Joe McCarthy will talk about issues concerning the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He is a CPA based at the regional IRS office in Connecticut. 

Tax professionals also will hear from Jeff Fothergill, CPA and president of Fothergill, Segale and Valley in Montpelier on reporting, excluding income and deductions from construction contractors. Todd Fothergill, president, founder and managing director of Strategies for College, Inc., in Lebanon, N.H., will speak on education savings plans and taxation issues.

Other presenters will cover tax practice ethics, itemized deductions and tax issues relating to natural resources/agriculture, Schedule E reporting and Vermont income taxes, among other topics. Continuing Professional Education Credits are available.

The schools are sponsored by UVM Extension in cooperation with the IRS (Vermont District), the Vermont Department of Taxes and the Vermont Tax Practitioners Association. For questions on program and facilities, call Peggy Manahan at (800) 639-2130, ext. 431.

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