Philadelphia University Graduate Business Programs Hosts Annual ‘Working Together Conference’

Philadelphia University’s School of Business’ Graduate Business Programs, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, hosted the annual “Eastern PA Working Together Conference” to educate and update professional tax practitioners on issues of tax administration.

The Working Together Program promotes the positive, ongoing relationship between the tax-practitioner community and two taxing agencies, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

The annual meeting, open to both IRS and Department of Revenue employees and the practitioner community, has become a “mark-your-calendar event” for many Pennsylvania tax professionals. The intent is to engage in ongoing, meaningful dialogue aimed at improving our dealings with one another, thereby improving service to our common customer ― the taxpaying public.

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the IRS,” said C. Andrew Lafond, assistant professor of taxation in the School of Business Administration. “The success of the Working Together Conference each year is a testament to the strength of our academic programs.”

This year’s conference, held May 20 in the Ravenhill Dining Hall, included substantive panel discussions of significant issues of tax administration and their impact on tax professionals.

Discussion topics included:

  • The 2009 exam program and priorities
  • Representation before the IRS Field Collection Function and various options to protect clients’ interests while meeting IRS procedural requirements
  • Current topics and issues impacting tax professionals and their business and individual clients
  • Automated Underreporter Program (CP-2000), Correspondence Audits, Automated Collection System and the IRS Practitioner Priority Service
  • Final IRC 6694 Preparer Penalty regulations, IRS 7216 disclosure and use regulations and Circular 230 issues
  • Voluntary disclosure procedures involving foreign bank accounts and transactions
  • What’s new in tax administration for tax professionals

Participants received eight hours in Continuing Professional Education credits and six hours in CLE credits.

Along with Philadelphia University Graduate Business Program, sponsors for the Working Together Conference included the Internal Revenue Service, Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Revenue, PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants, PA Society of Public Accountants, PA Society of Enrolled Agents, Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section, PA Bar Association Tax Law Section and the PA National Association of Tax Professionals.

The conference is one of the many offerings of PhilaU’s M.S. in Taxation Program, which prepares students for entry into professional tax practice in both the public and private sectors. For more information on the M.S. in Taxation, go to

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