Post by: Eeliffee Garcia
I recently attended a national tax conference with the National Association of Tax Professionals in Washington D.C. NATP is the largest nonprofit organization, with members in all 50 states, focusing specifically on federal tax preparation. NATP is an IRS Tax Pro Association Partner.
This conference was a 4-day event with 16 sessions on specific tax matters from auditing techniques, retirement planning to IRS debt negotiation. These sessions are taught by top industry leaders that include practicing CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Certified Financial Planners and attorneys. All attendees enjoyed the presence of the IRS commissioner John Koskinen who allowed us to ask any question we had in relation to procedures, grievance or concerns we may have as tax professionals in representation of our clients.
Identity theft and internet crime is a big thing, and cyber-security was part of one of the sessions I took with Larry Gray CPA. For the session, he brought an IRS Criminal Investigation agent as special guest to discuss the importance of safeguarding our clients’ data. Larry provided us with a manual to tweak and follow. How secure is your personal data? Ask your current tax professional about data security and what methods is he/she using.
Recently I was nominated to serve with the board of directors of the NATP – Texas Chapter and it was an honor being able to represent my state in Washington D.C. If you’re a tax professional and would like to be a member of this great organization please leave me your contact information so that I can forward you more the details.
This was a great learning experience that has enriched me as a tax professional to grow and better serve my clients with the quality of service they deserve. Until next time.