The IRS launched the new Voluntary Annual Filing Season Program.  The program is designed to encourage education and filing season readiness for paid tax return preparers.  You can access information about this program at


Look no further than the WAA education line up this year to find the education you need to fulfill your CPE requirements and get the most up to date information. 

The Individual Tax Update seminar provides comprehensive coverage of this year’s new tax legislation.  There is plenty to absorb with the individual mandate penalty, premium assistance credit and the new form 8965; as well as; tax safe harbor deduction for home office, phase-out for itemized deductions, reporting foreign financial assets on form 8938, and much more.  You won’t want to miss these important updates.

The two-day Business Entities seminar is designed for the practitioner working with small business clients.  The course will highlight new court rulings, regulations, and other relevant updates.  Discussion will include examination of the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act and the impact of the Health Care Reform in 2014 and beyond. 

The 2- hour Professional Ethics course is presented in the evening on the first day of each individual 1040 update.  There are 3 classes to choose from this fall.  Karen Hawkins of the IRS Return Preparer Office has been very busy, ensuring that Circular 230 practitioners follow the rules.  We will discuss what we can—and must—do to assist our clients while maintaining ethical integrity and complying fully with Circular 230 rules. Learn how to be a zealous advocate while playing by the rules. Join us for a highly interactive discussion on the topic of our professional responsibilities before the IRS.

The Washington State Agencies Tax Forum is back by popular demand.   This unique seminar brings together the experts from the Department of Revenue, Employment Security Department, Department of Labor and Industries, and the Secretary of State to bring you the most current information and answer your questions.  This seminar is great for anyone who provides accounting, bookkeeping or payroll services in your office.  Don't miss this event coming August 11th!

The IRS 20th Annual Working Together Symposium will be held on November 6, 2014 at Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center.  WAA is hosting this popular symposium featuring speakers from the Internal Revenue Service.  By attending you will have unparalleled access to IRS employees.  Registration opening August 4. 

In addition to the state-wide seminars, the individual chapters offer some great mini-seminars.  The Puget Sound Tacoma chapter and the Northwest chapter are each offering, ‘IRS Audits and Offers In Compromise, a 4-hour mini-seminar qualifying to IRS approved tax CPE.  This informative seminar will be presented by the Northwest chapter president, Ronnie Wright.  Ronnie is a MBA, EA and Former IRS Group Manager and Collection Officer.  See seminar details on the upcoming events panel.

All four WAA chapters meet monthly and offer 1-hour of CPE on a variety of topics.  If you haven’t looked at the education being offered at the chapter meetings lately, find a chapter near you and at and take a look at what’s coming up.   You will find warm and welcoming people at each meeting whether in Spokane, Puget Sound Tacoma, Seattle or the Northwest. 


Register today for upcoming events!