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While we are booking our post-tax season recovery vacations, it also is a great time to start booking conferences for the rest of the year. While continuing professional education is easy to leave on the back burner during the busy season, pre-planning your calendar for the year is a great way to divide and conquer knowledge and growth amongst your team.
But which conferences are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck?
Here are the top 2022 recommended tax conferences:
1. AICPA & CIMA National Tax & Sophisticated Tax Conference
Hosted in Washington, DC in late October, the AICPA & CIMA National Tax & Sophisticated Tax Conference offers up to 17 CPA credits across just two days. The conference promises key legislative updates and critical need-to-know tax updates to position you and your firm for success.
Last year’s agenda included international tax treaties, the increase in employment of remote workers outside the US, changing landscape of estate planning, crypto-currency taxation and IRS executive updates. Firm management sessions also were offered including switching to a subscription billing model in your practice and how to price projects.
The mix of key technical and firm management skills make the scope of this conference’s offering broad and well worth the attendance.
2. AICPA Engage
What’s hotter than talking about accounting in Vegas this summer? AICPA ENGAGE is not one you want to miss. While it is not entirely tax-focused, it does offer tax-specific tracks. Most notably though, ENGAGE is specifically designed to immerse you in trends and the future impact of the accounting industry.
Tracks also include key technology updates, how to win larger engagements, taking advisory services in your practice to the next level and leadership learning like how to retain your team. All a great mix alongside estate tax updates and dealing with the current landscape of sales and use taxes.
ENGAGE also offers critical networking opportunities with its AICPA Town Hall session as well as top vendors serving the industry.
3. IRS Nationwide Tax Forum
If you are looking for a virtual option mark your calendars for this one. The IRS Nationwide Tax Forum will be held virtually in July, including a virtual expo with exhibitors and the chance to engage with IRS representatives. Prior year agendas have included topics like maximizing 199A deductions, advocating for taxpayers, 163(j) issues and business interest deductibility, cybersecurity for tax professionals and diligence in practice before the IRS.
Sessions usually include ethics options as well to make sure your CPE requirements are met for the year. If you are looking for a better understanding of IRS viewpoints on critical tax topics and how they impact your clients, this one should 100% be on your list.
4. Synergy 2022
You have to wait for November for this one, but the Thomson Reuters’ Synergy 2022 certainly brings a high-quality event to life. With more than 100 sessions and 50 speakers, attendees have a wide array of options to get in the CPE that are specific to their needs. The event also includes the Luca Pacioli Awards, including accounting’s “Firm of the Year.”
Similar to other large conferences, sessions ranged in everything from leadership to technology trends to regulatory updates making it efficient to get everything you need in one shot.
5. National Association of Enrolled Agents Tax Summit
Hosted in Las Vegas, the National Association of Enrolled Agents Tax Summit boasts two full days of tax education. The conference is designed specifically to meet the needs of the enrolled agent community and includes reception segments as well as sponsors and exhibitors. The current agenda shows sessions topics covering everything from pricing models in your firms, to cryptocurrency and to ethics and dealing with the IRS.