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Seminars from the 2012 forums now available at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online

UPublish story by Jennifer Jenkins, IRS field media relations

Options are available to area tax professionals who need to complete required training before year's end.

COLUMBUS, Ohio ― The IRS is reminding tax professionals that they can earn continuing professional education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2012 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. The 15 self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO). Self-study seminars provide information to students using interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and transcripts.

The 2012 NTFO seminars cover many topics of interest to tax professionals including:

• Tax law updates

• Registered tax return preparer regulations

• Treasury Circular No. 230 overview

• American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit specifics

• New information on payment card and basis reporting requirements

• EITC due diligence for preparers

NTFO is registered with the IRS Return Preparer Office and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a qualified sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE). For a fee, Registered Tax Return Preparers, RTRP candidates, Enrolled Agents and CPAs taking NTFO seminars can earn CPE credit. To earn CPE credit, users must create an account, answer review questions after viewing each chapter, and pass a short test at the end of the seminar.

NTFO seminars can also be audited for free. Users who choose to audit seminars will not have access to the review questions or final examination and will not receive credit for the seminar.

In addition to the recently-added seminars, NTFO offers over 40 other seminars from prior year IRS Nationwide Tax Forums from 2009 through 2011. Tax professionals interested in these seminars should visit Hwww.irstaxforumsonline.comH.

Locally, the IRS has partnered with the Ohio State Society of Enrolled Agents (OSSEA) and the State of Ohio to present the 2012 Annual Fall Update/Working Together Seminar, Nov. 16 in Columbus. Attendees may earn up to seven CPE credits. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the OSSEA website at

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