Sunday, December 6, 2020
As 2020 winds down so do my continuing education events for the year. These late year events are important for practitioners that need additional education credit by the end of the year. I have six more events remaining this year, some in-person and some online. One event is a two-hour ethics session for those still needing ethics credit before the year ends.
Year-end continuing education opportunities – it’s the topic of today’s post.
This week finds me in Salina, Kansas for the second day of a two-day professional tax training event. This is a comprehensive conference digging into the specifics of what practitioners need to know for preparing 2020 tax returns for clients. Included will be up-to-the-minute relevant developments from the courts and the IRS as well as all trust return preparation issues and examples. More information about the Salina event can be found here: https://www.agmanager.info/events/kansas-income-tax-institute.
Later this week, on Wednesday, I will be speaking at the AICPA Agriculture Conference. This national conference is online. I will be speaking on financial distress tax and non-tax issues facing farmers and ranchers that are struggling financially. You can learn more about this event here: https://future.aicpa.org/cpe-learning/conference/aicpa-agriculture-conference. The next day, I will be doing another Day 2 of a tax conference. This event will be online, originating from the campus of Kansas State University (KSU). This is an approved NASBA event. Thus, CPAs can receive CPE credit for viewing online. You can learn more about this event here: https://www.agmanager.info/events/kansas-income-tax-institute.
On Friday, I will be doing a two-hour tax ethics session. This session originates from Washburn Law School and will involve discussion of ethical issues that tax practitioners face when representing clients with tax issues and the preparation of returns. Also, addressed will be Circular 230 issues and various ethical rules that CPAs and lawyers are subject to when representing clients. More information about the ethics event can be found here: https://washburnlaw.edu/employers/cle/taxethics.html.
The following week finds me in San Angelo, TX on December 17 and 18. This event is sponsored by the San Angelo Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs. I will focus on farm estate and business planning as well as farm income tax. More information about this event can be found here: https://www.tscpa.org/sanangelo/news/details/2020/11/05/dec.-17---farm-and-ranch-estate-and-business-planning and here: https://www.tscpa.org/sanangelo/news/details/2020/11/05/dec.-17---farm-and-ranch-income-tax-update. The San Angelo event is my last scheduled event for the year. It’s been quite a year. While all of my professional engagements moved online from mid-March until mid-June, about half of them remained online since mid-June. I start out on the road during the first week of January 2021.
2021 summer events are being planned for Missoula, Montana as well as east Tennessee. There possibly will be a third national event in late September. I also do a number of in-house CPA and law firm training each year. If your firm is looking for in-house training in 2021 and have an interest in what I can offer, please contact me and I will do my best to get you on the calendar.
Also, tune in to RFD-TV/SiriusXM each week to hear the hosts interview me concerning various ag law and tax topics. You can also find me every other Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. (central) on WIBW radio (580 a.m.) and every other Wednesday on KFRM 550 a.m. discussing the biggest and most critical developments in agricultural law and taxation. All of these shows are captured and posted to the media page of the Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report – www.washburnlaw.edu/waltr.
2020 has been a challenge for many and has involved modifying the practice of law and/or tax and how client representation is engaged in. It’s also been a challenge given the new virus-related legislation and the frequent changes that have come by way of questions and answers and various notices, news releases and postings on the IRS website. Strange times, indeed.