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IRS Adopts Webinar Format for Annual Tax Forums This Summer

May 21, 2020, 5:39 PM

A series of virtual tax forums was scheduled May 21 by the Internal Revenue Service, which plans to live-stream the webinars starting in July.

For the past 30 years, the agency held three-day tax forums in several cities across the country. The 2020 move to online webinars for payroll and tax professionals was prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to social distancing and teleworking.

“Given restrictions on large gatherings and difficulties with travel, we’ve made the decision to present the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums in a virtual format this year,” said Chuck Rettig, commissioner of the IRS. “While we’re unable to meet in person, tax professionals will still be able to choose from a wide variety of virtual seminars on tax law. Many will be able to fully satisfy their annual continuing education requirements by registering and attending.”

The forums are to be held from July 21 to Aug. 20, with live-streamed webinars broadcast on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the agency said in a news release.

Attendance at tax forum seminars qualifies participants to earn up to 30 continuing professional education credits, the IRS said.

Registration information is available at www.irstaxforum.com. Information on course titles, dates, and times are to be available in June, the agency said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Trimarchi in Washington at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com

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