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Audits and Appeals Seminar Draws 225+

Audits and Appeals Seminar Draws 225+

More than 225 TEI members and business guests participated in the Institute’s IRS Audits and Appeals Seminar, which was held in Orlando February 17-18. Although the 80-plus degree weather and sunshine might have tempted a less professionally inclined crowd, the Institute’s stable of top-notch speakers played to standing-room crowds throughout the two-day program.

The seminar, which TEI has held at least annually since 1983, featured a combination of lectures and interactive “open forums,” during which participants could ask questions of the speakers. In addition, participants could choose from among seven different breakout sessions on responding to information document requests, fringe benefit audits, international audit and appeals issues, mediation and interest netting, advanced audit issues involving mergers and acquisitions, capitalization issues, and tax litigation strategies. Finally, participants had the opportunity to attend several “private discussion groups,” where they could candidly discuss their own audit issues or explore the topics covered earlier in the session.

“A real key to the program’s success is the active involvement of TEI members throughout the program,” said Robert J. McDonough, Jr., chair of the Institute’s IRS Administrative Affairs Committee. “I want to single out Brian Ugai, Neil Traubenberg, Mitch Trager, Paul O’Connor, Sandy Carroll, Steve Boocock, and Mike Bernard for keeping our open forums open and our breakout sessions on track.” Mr. McDonough also complimented Yasmin Seyal, a vice chair of the committee, for the leadership role she assumed in planning the seminar. Noting that Ms. Seyal could not attend the seminar because of the press of company business, he said “Yasmin did a terrific job of selecting topics for the breakout sessions and assembling an absolutely outstanding faculty. She and all our instructors deserve the Institute’s thanks.”

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