Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Tax Schools


I have received numerous emails and calls from practitioners wondering where they can catch me this fall at a tax school.  You can find my CE speaking schedule on WALTR’s homepage –  Tomorrow, the teaching teams for the fall tax schools that will be held in Kansas on behalf of Kansas State University will be meeting at Washburn Law School to organize and plan the teaching of the material for both days of each of the eight schools across Kansas.  The schools have a long history in Kansas – the schools this year will be the 69th year of their presentation across the state. 

The tax schools are a primary source of continuing education and research material for practitioners that prepare tax returns for clients.  Of course, in Kansas, a significant part of a portion of one day at each teaching location focuses on agricultural tax issues.  If you haven’t ever attended one of these schools, either in-person or via the web, I would encourage you to try it out. 

Teaching Material

The material taught at the schools is contained in a workbook produced by the University of Illinois Tax School -  It is an outstanding workbook that is developed by numerous authors with many years of experience in the particular topics that they are writing.  The material goes through an extensive review process and is current through approximately mid-August annually.   It contains examples, problems, solutions, sample IRS forms, and lots of reference material.   

2017 Topics

The topics that are taught at the schools generally vary from year-to-year, but some are constant each year, such as those concerning ag tax, and recent developments/new legislation.  The topics to be covered this year are as follows:

New Developments

New Rulings and Cases

Employment Issues
Agricultural Issues

Individual Taxpayer Issues
Small Business Issues
Installment Sales
Partnership Issues
IRS Update
State of Kansas (Dept. of Revenue)

Partner Issues
Beneficiary and Estate Issues

I also teach from the Illinois workbook at schools this fall in North Dakota.  If you can’t attend in person, one school in Kansas will be simulcast over the internet.  That simultaneous broadcast will be of the tax school on December 13-14.  The two-day seminar in Fargo, North Dakota, will also be live simulcast over the internet on November 14-15.  For those interested in attending from other parts of the country, Kansas City is relatively easy to fly into.  One of the Kansas schools is in Overland Park, Kansas, a southern suburb of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


In Kansas, the instructors along with myself are Paul Neiffer of CliftonLarsonAllen and author of the FarmCPA Today blog - ; Andrew Morehead, an accountant from Eaton, CO, Bill Parrish, an accounting from Kansas City, Felecia Dixson, an enrolled agent from Rolla, Missouri and Ross Hirst, former IRS Practitioner Liaison for Kansas.  All have many years in presenting tax seminars and representing tax clients.  In North Dakota, my teaching partner is Chris Province, a CPA with many years of practice and teaching experience.

Registration Information

You can find registration information links on WALTR or here: or here:


I hope to see you at one of the locations this fall or online.  As we prepare for the schools, if you have particular issues that you would like to make sure get addressed, please drop me an email and we will do our best to get that issue researched and addressed.

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