The Tax Attic—May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Seminars help to improve client service As I have gotten older, I enjoy listening to more different types of music than I did when I was much younger. For instance, my future son-in-law Devon Cunningham and I just happened to end up at Founders Brew Pub in Grand Rapids last weekend. I have written before about the variety of craft beers available in West Michigan and the fact that I do enjoy drinking a good craft beer now and then. Founders happens to brew some of the best so we happened to be sampling some of those best beers. After a while, some musicians started setting up for some live music. The band setting up was a collection of musicians called the Grand Rapids Jazz Band. When I was 20 years old, I might not have enjoyed the jazz they played. However, at this stage of my life, I enjoyed it tremendously, as did the rest of the crowd at Founders. The jazz music played was very lively and, from what I saw and heard, the Grand Rapids Jazz Band has quite a few very talented musicians who really know how to play jazz. They play at Founders on the first Sunday of every month. I might just happen to end up at Founders sampling one of their craft brews on one of these future first Sundays of the month. I am also going to end up attending a few more tax seminars than normal this coming summer. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has guaranteed more education is required for all tax professionals in the coming few months. The tax business, like most businesses, is a client service business and the more knowledge we have of the tax laws, the better we can serve our clients. On May 14 and 15, the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Tax Professionals (MI-NATP) will hold a two-day conference in Grand Rapids. Among various topics, the ARRA has top billing. I am a long-time member of MI-NATP, and their specialty is bringing taxes down to my level of client service. The instructors are tax professionals, such as me, who are practicing tax professionals. They know where the rubber hits the road, so to speak, and […]