With recent tax law changes and continued cybersecurity threats facing the tax community, the IRS is encouraging tax professionals to sign up for this summer’s Nationwide Tax Forums.

Each of the five IRS Nationwide Tax Forums is a three-day event with more than 40 seminars and workshops. These focus on a wide variety of Federal and state tax issues presented by experts from the IRS and partner organizations. Tax professionals can earn up to 18 continuing education credits.

The five 2018 Forums will take place in Atlanta (July 10-12), National Harbor, Md. (July 17-19), San Diego (Aug. 7-9), Chicago (Aug. 21-23) and Orlando (Sept. 11-13).

For more details, and to register online, visit www.irstaxforum.com.

This year’s agenda includes seminars on the recently enacted tax law changes. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about the risks posed by cybercriminals and how to create an effective security plan to protect clients and themselves against identity theft.

The IRS Nationwide Tax Forums are designed specifically for tax professionals — enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and Annual Filing Season Program participants as well as uncredentialled tax professionals. This is the 28th year the IRS has hosted these Forums to help educate and interact with the tax professional community.

Case Resolution Program: The IRS Nationwide Tax Forums offer tax professionals with unresolved client cases the opportunity to meet face-to-face with IRS representatives in the IRS Case Resolution Program. Since 2011, case resolution staff have worked over 5,000 cases with a resolution rate of more than 97%. A Forum attendee must bring a valid power of attorney for any case he or she wishes to work with the IRS. Tax businesses should bring only one client case per Forum.

Registration: Tax professionals who pre-register by June 15 will receive an early bird rate of $235 per person. The standard rate of $255 is available starting June 16 and ends two weeks prior to the start of each Forum. Attendees registering on-site or after the deadlines below will pay $370.

Location Forum Dates Registration Deadline
Atlanta, GA July 10 – 12 June 26
National Harbor, MD (near Washington, DC) July 17 – 19 July 3
San Diego, CA Aug. 7 – 9 July 24
Chicago, IL Aug. 21 – 23 Aug. 7
Orlando, FL Sept. 11 – 13 Aug. 28

Participating Associations: Several national associations form key parts of the Nationwide Tax Forums. Members of these participating associations qualify for a discount of $10 off the early bird rate if they register by June 15. Participating association members should contact their association directly for more information:

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA)
  • National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP)
  • National Society of Accountants (NSA)
  • National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP)

Further Details: The Forums also feature a two-day expo with tax and financial businesses offering products, services and expertise designed with the tax professional in mind. IRS experts will be on hand in the exhibit hall to answer questions on a variety of IRS programs and services.

In a survey of 2017 attendees, the Forums received an overall 96% satisfaction rating. To view presentations from the 2017 Tax Forums, click here.