Workshops & Seminars

2017 Washington Small Business Fair

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Place: Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056


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Attend workshops that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership. Savvy business experts share their knowledge and real-life experiences with you.

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When you attend, be sure to stop by the WSSEA table!

Social Media for Your Business Seminar


October 23, 2017
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Vino At The Landing
800 N 10th Pl
Renton, WA 98057

Lunch on your own. Limited menu to order from.

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Guest Speaker:
Sarah Frink is the Founder and CEO of Real Marketing Solutions.
Sarah is a creative, driven and radically authentic business strategist. Sarah has a unique talent for taking a big complex idea and breaking it down into actionable
steps that gets your business results.

Real Marketing Solutions specializes in digital strategy, end to end social media management, digital advertising, and content design and development. We have a customer-focused values system, where a handshake, a hug and a smile are the norm. Our clients view us as trusted partners of their prized possession, their business. They trust us to make suggestions that we would (and do!) apply to our own business.

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 WSSEA Tax Forum on Tax Representation – an ongoing series in tax resolution work.

    1. Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    2. Place: Federal Way Regional Library, Meeting Room #1.
    3. Address: 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, WA 98003
    4. Time: 2:00pm to 3:45pm

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Please join us in for 1 ½ hours of discussion, real-world experiences and proven ideas that may help win your next audit case – successfully.

Also, several ideas for our session would be along the lines of our tax pros sharing a success story on any of the general topics and perhaps throwing out an unresolved tax problem that we all could chip in our ideas for resolution.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2018. FYI, these dates shouldn’t conflict with tax filing season and other WSSEA events. Also, the good part: there are no fees involved at all, just time away from our offices and great networking opportunities.

As mentioned previously, the general topics presented will be based on:

  1. IRS Audit Defenses & Strategies
  2. Collection Alternatives & Strategies
  3. Appeals
  4. Penalty Abatements.

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Ahlberg Auna, EA
Sandra Robb, EA
WSSEA Tax Forum Facilitators

23rd Annual IRS Working Together Symposium

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 am to 4:40 pm
Place: Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6E
705 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

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Registration Fees: 
$99 for Members and Non-Members through October 23
$125 for Members and Non-Members as of October 24th to event date

Lunch will be provided for you

Event Description:

Unparalleled access to IRS employees.  This event is a joint effort with the Internal Revenue Service, WAATP, WSSEA, WSTC, and AFWA.  Join us for Sam Donaldson’s always entertaining income tax update.


Collection Update: Lean about Field Collection challenges and priorities, including Early Interaction, Future State, Private Debt Collection and more. Chris Harris, IRS Collection Territory Manager

2017 Federal Tax Update: By popular demand, Sam returns to Seattle to present his two hour long annual Federal Tax Update class. Sam Donaldson, Professor of Law, Georgia State University

IRS Criminal Investigation: CI’s role in assisting tax professionals with ID theft and other emerging areas of concern to the tax practitioner community. Darrell Waldon, IRS CI Special Agent-In-Charge

Foreign Tax Issues: More and more of our clients have foreign issues impacting the preparation of their tax returns. This overview will provide a refresher on the most common foreign tax issues tax practitioners face. Cynthia Polley, EA ABA ATP

Direct Sellers Tax Issues: Direct Sellers and MLMs are hugely prevalent today. But doing a tax return for these clients can be overwhelming and confusing. In this class we’ll take a closer look at the tax implications and how you can support your client without compromising your integrity. Dionne Gordon, Tax Accountant, EA

Appeals Update: Clarification on the appeals process, its policies, procedures and current resolution initiatives. Tom Vangen, IRS Exam Appeals Territory Manager

Exam Program Update: SB/SE Field Examination updates to programs and activities. Dianne Wittman, IRS Exam Territory Manager

Green Policy Reminder: All program materials will be provided electronically ahead of time. We will not be providing hard copy materials onsite. If you register onsite, there will be a link provided to you to access the materials electronically. We will have WiFi available. 

You can now register through the WAATP website HERE.

Cancellation Policy: There is a three business day cancellation policy. Registrations cancelled less than three business days prior to the event will be responsible for payment regardless of attendance. No refunds will be issued after the program materials have been sent out.

The Working Together Symposium is sponsored by the
Washington Association of Accounting and Tax Professionals
Washington State Society of Enrolled Agent
Washington State Tax Consultants
Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance
Internal Revenue Service


1040 Tax In Depth Live CPE Seminar

Date: January 4-5, 2018
Location: Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South

22406 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA 98198
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The Washington State Society of Enrolled Agents is pleased to once again sponsor this annual update seminar presented by

This course is written to be the most up-to-date practical 1040 class in America.The course begins with all of the last-minute and current year changes that can affect an individual tax practice. From Congressional changes to IRS rulings, from the latest practice concerns to compliance issues, we review all of the pressing issues of a tax practice the first thing out of the gate, in a deep practical approach that leaves nothing out. Driven by current year changes, we make sure to discuss them all before moving to reviews of current year problems.

This course provides in-depth coverage of 1040 returns and the related schedules and forms with a particular emphasis on problem areas. You will also find practical advice on managing your tax practice as well as relevant tax planning strategies and tax savings measures to offer your clients.

All participants receive the TaxSpeaker Manual with well over 1,200 pages that are updated every year as well as a PDF version containing hyperlinks to hundreds of citations. It is written to be used as a primary desktop reference manual and organized in a common-sense manner.

Seminar includes:

A Free Manual
Plus Hyperlinked E-Book to Reference
Pen & Highlighter
16 Hours IRS CE (plus 2 free hours ethics CE)

Cost: $395.00 Members/$445.00 Early Bird Rate. After December 1, 2017, add $50

****We have negotiated a discounted rate of $109.00 per night at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel for Single or Double rate and $119.00 for Triple or Quad Rate. CLICK HERE to easily register through the hotel for the discounted price. Group rate available until December 4, 2017. Subject to availability.