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Chapter News - Current Edition

January 3, 2017

This e-newsletter will keep you connected with all that’s happening in your Chapter and Chapters around the country. Volunteer leaders provide these updates on state tax issues, newsletters, educational events and much more.

Alabama: Hello Alabama tax preparers! With the new year beginning, I wanted to remind everyone of a few dates:

December 1, 2016: The IRS launched a new online tool called StraightForward. This will help taxpayers view their accounts online. Read more about this great new tool!

December 19, 2016: The IRS launched the Small Business/Self-Employed (SBSE) Program. Read more about it.

January 23, 2017: Tax filing season starts.

February 15, 2017: The IRS will begin to release Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) refunds. Most processed refunds will be available the week of February 27.

Wishing you all a fantastic tax season!

Alaska: Join us for our Board Meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at Sherry Whah’s office:

Sherry Whah, EA & Associates, LLC
Tax Professionals of AK
431 E. 45th Avenue                                  
Anchorage, AK  99503                                                                    
907.677.2977  Fax: 907.677.2907

Kansas: Happy tax season!

Tax Tip: A subtraction modification is still available for Learning Quest and contributions to another state’s 529 Plan, for the purpose of paying qualified higher education expenses of a designated beneficiary at an institution of post secondary education. The subtraction adjustment is limited to $6,000 per student for married filing jointly filing status, and $3,000 for all others. The subtraction modification is recorded on Schedule S, Line A21.

Tax Tip: If you have clients who are deemed to be distributors of consumable materials, such as electronic cigarettes, the effective date of the consumable material tax has changed from July 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.  Read more about the registration and reporting requirements in Notice 16-06.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center’s January schedule for in-class and online courses at Johnson County Community College is now available. This is a great resource for you, your staff and your clients.

Kentucky: As noted in the December 28 TAXPRO Weekly, the CPE System is now up and running. The Kentucky Chapter will post CPE for the September and December Seminars by January 4, 2017. Please allow 2-3 days for CPE to show up in your PTIN account.

If you don't see them by January 11, 2017, please contact Martha Nest, Chapter President at 502.349.0471 or westview0922@gmail.com for assistance.

The Kentucky Chapter has some exciting training sessions in 2017. More information to follow, but here are the dates:

  • Summer Session in Louisville KY - June 23, 2017
  • Summer Session in Paducah KY - June 26, 2017
  • Annual Meeting & Conference in Berea, KY - September 30, 2017
  • Lunch n Learn in Lexington KY - December 4, 2017

Michigan:  Our Last Chance Tax Seminar will be held on January 6 in Lansing. Don’t miss your last-minute tax details! Register today.

At the seminar, you will get the latest information on ACA, Michigan, cities and details on the latest tax issues. Included with your registration is a deluxe copy of TheTaxBook, which we will use to do taxmania from. This fantastic reference book will be a great resource to have on hand during tax season.
Our Basic Tax Review & Office Procedures course will also be held on January 6 in Lansing. This is a great class for the newest members of your staff!
More details are available on our Michigan Chapter website. You can register online on our Chapter Education page.

Minnesota: In need of a last-minute tax update? Earn 8 CPE by joining us on January 5 at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Chris Bird will discuss Federal Tax Law and Tax Updates. Register today!

Stay informed on what is happening in Minnesota by reviewing our latest newsletter.

New Hampshire: Your January 2017 newsletter is now available. Be sure to check it out! It includes a note from our past President, a note from our new President and other useful information.

New Jersey: Happy New Year from the NJ Chapter! We are putting the finishing touches on our first seminar for 2017. The kick-off event is our Famous NJ State Tax Seminar on Saturday, January 14 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ.

Registration will be begin at 7:15 a.m. and the seminar will begin at 8:00 a.m. The seminar is always filled to near capacity and features several speakers from the NJ Division of Taxation, who will present on several topics, including but not limited to tax updates, property tax relief and tax audit procedures. In addition, we will have other NJ NATP member-favorite speakers. This is a great event for professionals looking for state information that is not readily available elsewhere.  
Please visit our website for additional information, an agenda and registration. We look forward to seeing you there!
We’d also like to remind you of the special IRS Northern New Jersey Working Together Tax Institute event, which will be held on January 4 at Seton Hall University.
We wish you an exciting year of health and happiness.

Pennsylvania: Make sure you’re prepared for tax season! Our Winter newsletter contains highlights and tips to keep in mind over the coming months. We also encourage you to visit our website for additional resources and information.

Vermont: Check out our latest newsletter for the latest state and national tax news!

Washington: Happy New Year!

We are working hard to find all the best ways to communicate with our members. Visit our website to view our new Member Spotlight and get all the information you need about upcoming events.
Want to be highlighted on our Chapter website or know someone who would? Send contact information to Kellie Hall-Strehlow at kellie@financialadvisorskms.com. This is a great way to learn about some of your local colleagues!


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