OCTOBER 24-26th, 2013
(SEE LOCATION, PRICING, AND DISCOUNTS BELOW)
Discounted Early-Bird Registration ends
September 24th. Extended through October 10th!
Earn 18 Hrs CPE/CLE
Available only once a year, you can’t miss this 3 day course featuring 5 of the country's top key note speakers in tax problem resolution.
This event covers the most in depth range of topics including IRS Transcripts, Frivolous Tax Arguments, Penalty Appeals, Criminal Tax Issues, and much more. You will become a highly skilled tax practitioner after attending this seminar, that is if you aren’t already.
Join us at the recently renovated Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for the most important seminar this year in tax problem resolution. The Early-Bird registration discount ends
September 24th October 10th. Registrations must be received by ASTPS no later than 11:59pm ET on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to be eligible for the discount. Members receive an additional 5% discount after all other discounts are applied.
Find more information below regarding topics and presenters, as well as registration pricing and hotel details.
TOPICS & ALL-STAR PRESENTERS:
Thursday, October 24th:
LG Brooks, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow - Frivolous Tax Arguments – 3 Hours
You have heard of frivolous tax arguments (FTA), but do you really know what a FTA is? Frivolous Tax Arguments are a Challenge to the American Tax System.Surprisingly, numerous taxpayers pose FTAs at an alarming rate. A wide range of inappropriate contentions are made including: filing of a federal tax return is voluntary, the payment of federal income tax is voluntary, and (believe this one or not) taxpayers can reduce their federal income tax liability by filing a zero return.
Unscrupulous tax advisors and tax preparers that have no respect for the administration of our American tax system typically promote FTAs. Taxpayers are duped regarding the legal basis of frivolous tax arguments. The duped taxpayer is unaware of the crippling tax penalties they will incur and the potential for criminal prosecution. After three entertaining and informative hours with LG, you will have grown a solid understanding of FTAs and what clients to avoid. LG will use relevant real-life scenarios to make this important topic clear and understandable.
Patti Logan, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow - Understanding IRS Transcripts – 3 Hours
Pack your toolbox with the wealth of information buried in the IRS transcripts that you have complete unobstructed access to. The knowledge Patti hands to attendees is used every day in every representation practice. In addition to reviewing the codes on various types of IRS transcripts, Patti will assist you to practice reading sample transcripts during the session.She also gives you samples and practice guides to use back to your office.
Friday, October 25th:
Robert E. McKenzie, Esq., EA, CTRS - Defense of Alter Ego, Transferee Assertions, and Fraudulent Conveyances – 2 Hours
What do you do when IRS claims your client has formed an alter ego company? How can you defend a taxpayer who IRS is asserting to be an alter ego? When will the IRS attach transferee liability to an asset sale?
Bob will cover real-life scenarios including: 1.)Taxpayer abandons troubled company and forms a new corporation – Are the assets of the new entity subject to federal tax lien (FTL) and how could you avoid having the FTL apply to the aforesaid assets? 2.) Taxpayers’ spouse or family member start a new business to do the same thing as the taxpayers’ abandoned business – What should the practitioner do to avoid having the IRS prevail in asserting the business to be an alter ego of the prior entity? 3.) Taxpayer is employed by a newly-formed company that does what his failed business (with tax debt) but he no longer owns it - What is the likelihood the IRS will pursue the new entity as an alter ego of the prior entity?
Bob will discuss how the IRS views taxpayers who frequently form new corporations and abandon others that have unpaid tax liabilities. He will discuss how theIRS employs nominee liens, theimpact of alter ego assertions, and recommended defenses. Issues like related parties and the use of assets of a predecessor entity are the subject of this brand new look at this IRS tool.
Robert E. McKenzie, Esq., EA, CTRS - IRS Update – 2 Hours
Bob’s update on what is happening in the IRS is always a favorite thanks to his access to the latest information on IRS current and upcoming activities. Bob keeps this topic up to date to guarantee your readiness to deal with IRS actions without being blind-sided. You will take away up-to-date knowledge of the IRS, making youprepared to show clients that you have your finger on the IRS pulse. There is no better way to build client confidence than by having access to and knowledge of the latest IRS initiatives. Bob will place special emphasis on the collection issues.
Robert E. McKenzie, Esq., EA, CTRS - Penalty Appeals – 2 Hours
Tax problem resolution professionals regularly hear clients bemoan the onerous penalties heaped on by the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers often express willingness to pay the back taxes they owe, but believe that they will never be able to become current because of the penalties that they have incurred on top of the tax and interest due. This session is a problem-based approach to winning penalty appeals. Bob will use several problems to illustrate the recommended approach successful abatement. Abatement of the penalties also eliminates the interest accrued on the penalties abated making this tool invaluable to the practitioner, but more importantly it increases your value to your client.
Saturday, October 26th:
Eric L. Green, Esq. - Egg Shell Audits& Criminal Tax Issues – 4 Hours
Practitioners frequently represent taxpayers in civil examinations. Things can change drastically once a practitioner becomes aware of potential tax fraud. Everything the practitioner knows about examinations suddenly goes out the window. Eric will provide a practical review of examination procedures and the key issues involved once that civil exam becomes an "eggshell audit" - meaning there are firm indications of fraud.
Issues discussed include fraud indicators, IRC §7525 Accountant-Client privilege, how to use a practitioner in criminal tax cases, and potential pitfalls for both the practitioner and the taxpayer. Eric will discuss the use of Kovel letters and recent changes in the IRS investigatory process that make it more difficult to identify when a case is referred to CID. This session expands your knowledge of the role of the IRS Fraud Technical Advisor and the role of federal sentencing considerations in dealing with the exam.
Lawrence M. Lawler, CPA, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow - Economic Hardship – 2 Hours
You have probably argued the issue of economic hardship in a case or two. However, do you really know how the regulations define it? Do you know the source of economic hardship in the IRC? There are several types of cases where economic hardship is a viable defense. This session will cover the various scenarios where economic hardship is applicable and will give you a quick reference tool to add to your tax problem resolution toolbox growing your worth to clients.
October 24-26, 2013 | Las Vegas, NV
Flamingo - 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Room block of $99 for Wednesday & Thursday. $205 for Friday.
Use code SFASP3 for discount. Expires October 10th.
"All of the continuing education courses offered by ASTPS are pivotal and critical to the effective operation on our tax resolution practice. I've attended several courses and sent our practitioners to train with ASTPS" - Hudson Etienne, Sr., EA, NJ
Registration Fees & Discounts
Regular Registration Fee: $997
Early Bird: Sign up before
September 24th October 10th and receive $100 Off.
ASTPS Members can take 5% off registration fee after all other discounts are applied.
• 2nd Person Reservation - $897.00
• 3rd Person Reservation - $797.00
• 4th Person Reservation - $697.00
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