Update from Washington
September NPL Meeting

Stephen Mankowski, our NCCPAP President, recently returned from the September 2017 NPL meeting. The meeting covered a plethora of topics: Private Debt Collection, Taxpayer Digital Communication, Equifax Breach, E-Services Update, and Return Preparer Strategy Update. Look in your email inbox for the full summary of the meeting.
The next meeting is October 19, 2017. Commissioner Koskinen will be in attendance before he leaves office; there is no replacement at this time.

Hurricane Irma and Maria
Latest Update:  The IRS released guidance on 10/4/2017 to give tax relief to residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have evacuated the islands or were unable to return because of Hurricanes Irma or Maria.  See IRS Notice 2017-56
The relief extends the typical 14-day absence period to 117 days (starting Sept. 6, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017) for the presence test for residency under the tax rules. Someone who is absent from either U.S. territory on any day during this 117-day period will be treated as leaving or unable to return to the territory as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on that day.
IRS extends tax relief to Hurricane Maria victims  Tax Relief for Puerto Rico and US VI   

IRS re:  Disaster Assistance Self-Study - Record Reconstruction  IRS Self Record Reconstruction
Tax-Exempt Organizations Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Granted Tax Relief  Tax-Exempt Org Tax Relief
IRS Tax Relief in Disaster Situations  Tax Relief in Disaster

The Internal Revenue Service is offering tax relief for victims of Hurricane Irma. Help for Victims of Hurricane Irma
IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irma; Like Harvey, Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File; Additional Relief Planned  IR-17-150.pdf
To our Florida members, hope all is getting back to normal.

Call for News

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We would like to publicize special achievements by chapters and individual members. If this applies to you, please submit a very brief description by clicking on the ‘Submit an Achievement’ button below. Our PR firm, Markitects, will reach out to you directly and write up the news story in a professional manner—for distribution internally to NCCPA members via email. Selected stories may also be sent to the media with your permission.   Submit an Achievement

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Partnerships that Filed Late Returns in 2017

IR-2017-141, Sept. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON  - The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing penalty relief for certain partnerships that did not file the required returns by the new due date for tax years beginning in 2016.  IRS PenaltyReliefPartnerships

NCCPAP in Action
NCCPAP was in Houston on August 3 & 4 at the Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants' (TACPA) annual meeting and CPE event.
neil_and_tacpa.jpgNeil Fishman, NCCPAP Executive VP (center) with Frank Sands, TACPA President, and David Brown, Executive Director at the TACPA annual meeting

July's NPL Meeting

On July 20, 2017, Stephen Mankowski attended the latest monthly NPL meeting.  On hand were Mel Hardy, Director, NPL, and IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen.  Read Steve's update from the meeting

Upcoming Meetings

NCCPAP 2018 Winter Conference  Palm Beach Gardens, FL
January 3, 4 & 5, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel Palm Beach Gardens

NCCPAP 2018 Spring Conference  Bethesda, MD

May 9, 10 & 11, 2018
Hyatt Regency Bethesda

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Top 100 Most Influential People in Public Accounting
Congratulations to Steve Mankowski, our NCCPAP President, who follows in the footsteps of several other esteemed NCCPAP Past-Presidents who have also been acknowledged by Accounting Today as leaders in our industry for previous years.

According to Steve, “I’m deeply thankful for the honor and proud that NCCPAP is recognized in such a public manner. As President of your organization, I am dedicated not only to being the face of NCCPAP, but also getting involved, being available to meet with reporters, and taking an active role in the monthly IRS National Public Liaison meetings. These forms of exposure, garnered through well-developed relationships, serve to keep the profession and NCCPAP top of mind.”  Download the PDF

The National Conference of CPA Practitioners and the Texas Association of CPAs Announced a Strategic Alliance at TACPA’s Spring Meeting on Friday, May 5, 2017

TACPA board secretary M.R. Yousuf, immediate past NCCPAP president Sandra Johnson, current NCCPAP president Stephen Mankowski, and TACPA vice president Marc Core

The alliance will give TACPA access to NCCPAP’s resources and national reach, while giving the latter a major base in a state it had not been very active in recently. Both groups focus on serving CPAs in public practice at small firms.“In simple terms, they’re going to be functioning similar to our different chapters, except that they’re going to maintain their own identity,” NCCPAP president Stephen Mankowski told Accounting Today. Read more....  NCCPAP and TACPA

Congressional Agenda and IRS Agenda 2017

At our Spring Quarterly Conference in Washington DC, we represented the membership at our annual visits to Congress and the Internal Revenue Service; we discussed these agenda items with various Congressional representatives and members of the IRS.

  CongressionalAgendaMay2017.pdf and IRS_Agenda_May_2017.pdf

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October 2017

When:   Oct 25, 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Where:   On Parade Diner, 7980 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, 11797
When:   Oct 26, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Where:   M&T Bank Building, 120 White Plains Road, 3rd Floor, Tarrytown, NY, 10591, US

November 2017

When:   Nov 1, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Where:   Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY, 11590
When:   Nov 1, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Where:   Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY, 11590
When:   Nov 15 - 17
Where:   Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, 11797
When:   Nov 21, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Where:   Westchester Manor, 140 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, 10706, US

December 2017

When:   Dec 5, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (ET)
Where:   Westchester Manor, 140 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, 10706, US
When:   Dec 7, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)
Where:   The Mansion at Oyster Bay, 1 South Woods Road, Woodbury, NY, 11797, US
When:   Dec 12, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Where:   Westchester Manor, 140 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, 10706, US

NYS Department of Tax and Finance Meeting Update

On September 14, 2017, nine NCCPAP members (representing the Westchester/Rockland and Nassau/Suffolk Chapters) met with 13 Directors/Assistant Directors from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at their offices in Albany. The NCCPAP team had compiled a lengthy list of issues that were submitted to the Tax Department in advance. We encourage you to maintain excellent relationships with your State Tax Departments, across the US, in addition to our work with the IRS at the Federal level. Look in your email inbox for the full summary of the meeting.

Hurricane Harvey
IRS Updates:  Disaster Assistance Self-Study-Record Reconstruction IRS Self Record Reconstruction
Tax-Exempt Organizations Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Granted Tax Relief Tax-Exempt Org Tax Relief
IRS Tax Relief in Disaster Situations Tax Relief in Disaster
For the most up-to-date information from the IRS Help for Hurricane Harvey
Many members of our newest affiliate chapter, TACPA, are tremendously impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and its surrounding areas.  Here is the link to the Texas Association of CPAs’ home page http://tacpa.net/ so you can read about what they are doing to help their fellow Texans. NCCPAP hopes that the recovery efforts are progressing smoothly and quickly.
NCCPAP Takes Its Tax Ideas to DC
NCCPAP visited the White House, Congress, and the Internal Revenue Service during meetings in Washington, D.C. The 20 members brought with them their ideas on a number of tax-related issues, including identity theft, required minimum distributions, deduction of long-term health care premiums...  Read more ...  NCCPAP May 11 in DC     

NCCPAP President Stephen Mankowski at the White House with Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs at the White House, May 11, 2017
Productive Meeting on May 11th with Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen in DC
IRS_Commissioner.jpgNCCPAP's Neil Sullivan and Frank Gallo, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and NCCPAP's Tax Committee Chair Sanford Zinman

NCCPAP President Stephen Mankowski and members of our Tax Committee at the White House

NCCPAP greatly appreciates all the time that the National Public Liaison's office has afforded us.
Melvin Hardy, Director, National Public Liaison, speaking at our Spring Conference in DC and with our Tax Committee
Scott Cheslowitz, Neil Fishman, Melvin Hardy, Stephen Mankowski, & Sandy Zinman


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