Practitioner’s ideas wanted in the 2018 Tax Forum focus groups

May 18, 2018

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country.

These events feature the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, the chance to meet with software vendors and the opportunity to attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of professional associations.

We’ve already written about the seminars TAS will offer. Now, we’re pleased to announce this year's focus groups.

TAS holds focus groups at the forums to hear the practitioners’ perspective and gain valuable insights on trending problems or issues where we’ve heard concerns from the public. The focus group topics for 2017 are:

Exploring Tax Practitioners IRS Service needs

TAS wants to hear your thoughts, experiences and ideas about IRS services and the use of different communication.

Some of the areas we will explore include:

  • Do different services need different communication channels;
  • Services offered by Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC); and
  • The feasibility of online services.

Experiences with the IRS audit process

TAS values your opinion and wants to hear your thoughts and experiences concerning aspects of and experiences with the IRS audit process, especially;

  • Experiences with different types of audits;
  • How audits are selected; and
  • Suggestions for improvement.

TAS works to assist taxpayers by resolving long-standing issues, and educating the public on taxpayer rights. We want to hear your thoughts on how TAS is doing and how TAS can better help you.

TAS will hold the focus groups during the lunch break so you will not miss any continuing education credits. To sign up and attend the focus groups, please look for the TAS recruiters at the focus group booth near the registration area at the forums. SPACE IS LIMITED, so sign up early.


The 2018 Tax Forum schedule is:

Location Dates Hotel
Atlanta, GA July 10-12 Marriott Marquis
National Harbor, MD (DC area) July 17-19 National Harbor
San Diego, CA August 7-9 Town & Country
Chicago, IL August 21-23 Hyatt Regency Chicago
Orlando, FL September 11-13     Hyatt Regency Orlando

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