Graduate Business Programs Hosted Annual ‘Working Together Conference’

The Philadelphia University School of Business Administration Graduate Business Programs, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and numerous tax practitioner organizations, hosted more than 250 accounting and tax professionals May 19 at the annual “Eastern PA Working Together Conference,” which educated and updated practitioners on tax administration issues. The event was held in the Ravenhill Dining Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 is open to IRS and Department of Revenue employees and the practitioner community and has become a “mark-your-calendar event” for many Pennsylvania tax professionals.

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the IRS, Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue and numerous area tax professionals,” said MarySheila McDonald, assistant dean of graduate business programs in the School of Business Administration.

“The success of the Working Together Conference each year is a testament to the keen interest these varied constituents have in improving communications and ultimately serving taxpayers in the most optimal manner. Hosting this conference is a natural fit for Philadelphia University and complements our graduate program and CPE courses in taxation.”

This year’s conference included substantive panel discussions of significant issues of tax administration and their impact on tax professionals.

Discussion topics included:

  • The 2010 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 the PA Department of Revenue, including the termination of Corporations and LLCs
  • IRS Appeals Program
  • Philadelphia Campus Compliance Programs and Practitioner Priority Service
  • Emerging issues for practitioners

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

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