By Mike Colgan, PICPA Executive Director and CEO
The IRS is underfunded and under-resourced, operating on the equivalent of 2009 dollars. Congress again delayed approving federal tax extenders, and tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act are now in play. Add to all this the IRS repair regulations. The 2015 busy season is shaping up to be one of the most challenging in years. To help navigate the changes and challenges that will be faced over the next several months, the PICPA has numerous resources for both members and consumers.
For members, the PICPA website resources including discounts on CCH and Quickfinder publications, on-demand continuing education programs on hot topics such as repair regulations, breaking news on tax topics, and the TaxAware Center, a 24-hour news aggregate of federal and state tax topics. There is also a Per Diem section in the Career Center for members looking to add resources.
Also, more than 1,000 PICPA members subscribe to our taxation listserv, where members can pose questions and get answers from other members. For those who prefer offline assistance, PICPA’s Peer-to-Peer Directory has many volunteers who are ready to assist fellow members with advice.
For consumers, checklists to help gather the proper documentation for tax returns are available, as well as a number of CPA videos on topics related to changes in both federal and state tax law, ID theft, home office deductions, and how to avoid filing mistakes. Numerous articles for both individuals and small-business owners provide advice from CPAs, and access to tax forms and a library of commonly asked questions are available within our Ask a CPA feature. These are all available on PICPA’s Tax Help page.
The PICPA is introducing a new consumer service this year – Tax Chat Tuesdays –hosted by CPAs through PICPA’s website to provide general tax advice and guidance.
I encourage both members and consumers to take advantage of these resources, and welcome your feedback. If there is additional information or resources you would find useful, please let me know. I hope that members are diligent about preparing to navigate busy season, and hope that your planning and these resources provide dividends.