WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today reminded tax professionals that they can earn continuing education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2016 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. The forums are three-day events that provide tax professionals with the most up-to-date information on federal and state tax issues; in 2016, they were held in five cities across the nation.

More than a dozen self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO). Self-study seminars provide information to participants through interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and transcripts.

The 2016 online forum seminars cover many topics of interest to tax professionals including:

  • Is Your Case Ready for Appeals? (Examination Edition)
  • Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
  • Emerging Issues in Tax Practice Due Diligence
  • ACA Employer and Coverage Provider Information Reporting Requirements

The online seminars are registered with the IRS Return Preparer Office and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a qualified sponsor of continuing education. For a fee, CPAs, Enrolled Agents and Annual Filing Season Program participants taking NTFO seminars can earn continuing education credits. To earn credit, users must create an account, answer review questions throughout the seminar and pass short tests at the end of the seminars.

The seminars can also be audited for free. Individuals 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 also offers many seminars from prior-year IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. For more information, please visit www.irstaxforumsonline.com.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

August 1 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2017 but less than $2,500 for the second quarter.

August 1 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through 06-if more than $500.

August 1 — All employers
If you maintain an employee benefit plan, such as a pension, profitsharing, or stock bonus plan, file Form 5500 or 5500EZ for calendar year 2017. If you use a fiscal year as your plan year, file the form by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends.

August 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during July, report them to your employer Details

August 10 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2018. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.

August 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

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