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  • 14 Apr 2022 9:57 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The IRS is cordially inviting you and your small business owner/self-employed members and clients to join us for our annual 2022 Spanish Hearing All Voices Small Business event on Wednesday May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Hear directly from IRS Executives on topics to help small businesses succeed. Join the conversation on how the IRS can better serve small businesses. Let the IRS know about issues and concerns regarding preparing and paying taxes.

    Presentations from IRS will include:

    • How to avoid common tax problems and tax scams
    • The examination process and payment options 
    • Employment taxes-employee vs. independent contractor
    • How IRS is improving its services to small business owners

    Following the presentations, a Listening Session will be held for participants to voice their questions and concerns.

    When: Wednesday May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

    Where: In the Convenience of Your Home or Office via Zoom 

    The event is FREE!! 

    To Register, click HERE

    You should receive a confirmation email from Zoom after completing registration.

    You can also view the Spanish Hearing All Voices at Webinars for Small Businesses | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov).

    Please share this information with anyone you feel would benefit from this meeting. 

    Spanish HAV Flyer -May 18 2022 (ENG).pdf

  • 10 Feb 2022 9:59 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    We all want to know. Unfortunately, the IRS has not yet ruled if this is taxable. MA will follow whatever the IRS decides. (MA has been waiting about 3 years for a ruling.)

    The IRS ruled that CA's PFML is taxable and the contributions are deductible as medical expenses (subject to 7.5% threshold) on Sch. A. (Side note: CA does not tax the PFML at the state level.) Because the IRS ruled that CA's is taxable, it is probably safest to tell clients to assume taxable unless we hear differently. 

    Beth Logan

    Past President, MaSEA

  • 2 Feb 2022 10:38 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently issued a proclamation, which states that February 4, 2022 is officially Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents Day. 

    The proclamation briefly states the history of the profession of enrolled agents, dating back to the Civil War, as well as the importance of enrolled agents to society. 

    You can view the complete proclamation below.

  • 21 Dec 2021 9:01 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    2021 NAEA Award Recipients





    If you have ever been to an MaSEA event you have met this recipient. As a past president of MaSEA and nominating, education, 1040 update, SEE Prep, membership committee member he wears all the hats. He has mentored so many people, myself included, He’ll find every member in every corner of the state to get them involved and feel welcomed!  He heads up roundtable meetings for small groups, picnic gatherings during Covid to tell us about Child Tax credits, a Cable TV show on CAPE COD TV, he’s an asset to the Low-income tax clinics in MA. Did I mention state tax issues, he’ll show you how to contact your legislatures and what bill to write them about, how to get the MA proclamation for Enrolled Agent Day. A new hot topic, like QBI John held several small classes to teach us all about it, I’ve never seen anyone get so excited about teaching us all this fun stuff! He will make sure to connect you with the Taxpayer Advocates, the IRS liaison monthly calls etc.

    See The Rest Of The NAEA And Recipients Below


    LuSundra is a military spouse from VA. She became an EA in 2017, she is an NTPI fellow, has served on the VASEA since 2018 and is currently a member of the NAEA membership committee. Evidently, she is famous for her Facebook live videos on tax tidbits and her social media presence on FB and YouTube. I wish I had met her when she was a member of MaSEA.


    Kerry has been the Public Relations chair for AZ for the past 15 years, and for NAEA for the past 5 years. He was the first to fly a banner over the Super Bowl in 2015. In 2016 Kerry started a campaign for each affiliate to solicit a proclamation from their state leaders about the importance of Enrolled Agents at the state level, 19 states participated. In 2019 he got the National Day Calendar to recognize February as Enrolled Agent month. He is currently a Director for NAEA.


    This next EA does it all! She has been volunteering for over 20 years at the local chapter, state affiliate and for NAEA. She has been a Director, Education Chair, Vice President, President and Secretary at various levels. She has been on the Government Relations Committee, Leadership Development Committee etc. She mentors, teaches and encourages leaders in various programs throughout our organization. Cynthia is currently the Secretary for NAEA.


    This young lady works diligently to provide the best education possible. Her technical knowledge, materials and extensive research ensure that NTPI is the best program for practitioners to learn about representation. She and the subcommittee have worked extensively to develop a new NTPI program that will have a long-term impact on the quality of NAEA education. When she is not teaching or planning, she is answering questions on the Webboard or FB.


    This recipient has held many positions in NAEA.  As our Government Relations Chair, with little GR experience, she went above and beyond facing some unusual circumstances. First the pandemic shutdown, then the Minnesota legal issue, a new GR manager was hired. She was able to “keep the ship afloat” by adapting virtually to make sure all the bases were covered. When the IRS or the Government Accountability Office requested input, she was quick to respond and keep NAEA in the unique position as a trusted partner in the tax administration. OPR requested NAEA assistance in their process of revising Circular 230, she represented NAEA in those interactions adding to recognition of NAEA. All while serving on the NAEA board and the newly formed PAC Board.


    This next recipient has served many different positions in NAEA. He has been on several committees and task forces over the years, His knowledge of the association, collaborative work on committees and willingness to share and support his fellow EA’s in leadership roles has left his mark.  His most notable contribution is his work in helping to form the PAC. He kept it moving forward by choosing a great leader and mentoring them through the process. As I’ve learned in SSLA, part of being a good leader is to find your replacement sooner rather than later!

    Congrats to all of the NAEA Award recipients!

    Marilyn Brodeur

    2nd Vice President, MaSEA

  • 22 Nov 2021 12:33 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Leslie Book in ProcedurallyTaxing.com picked up on a hot issue that often comes before our Area Practitioner Stakeholder Liaisons. ENQ is a phone service that predials IRS phone lines and holds a place in the queue for its subscribers. Critics complain that this service contributes to clogged IRS phone access. Les mentions that US Senators Warner, Young, Menendez & Cassidy have contacted IRS Commissioner Rettig to assess the service.

    You can download the letter by click the link below.

    Senators IRS Letter re Call EnQ (11_18_2021).pdf

  • 27 Sep 2021 10:24 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)


    FY22 Monthly Continuing Education (Topics And Speakers Are Subject To Change)

    • Oct 21Interactive Class on Partnership Basis with Alan Pinck, EA
    • Nov. 181041 Trusts Returns with Michael Miranda, CPA
    • Dec. 16 —  Fixing Businesses — Form 3115 and Misclassified Employees with AJ Reynolds, EA
    • Jan. 20Cryptocurrency with Beth Logan, EA
    • Feb 17Taxpayer Advocate with Bob Allen
    • March 17Share Shop with Joyce Mohr, EA and Terry Durkin, EA
    • April 21Kids! Kiddie Tax and College tuition/scholarship with Bill Nemeth and Beth Logan
    • May 19Ethics (details TBD)
  • 9 Aug 2021 9:49 AM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    The folks at Krumsiek & Associations, P.C. are hiring for the following positions: 

    Office Assistant/Client Service Specialist


    Senior Tax Accountant


    Tax Accountant



    Matthew P. Krumsiek, EA


    Krumsiek & Associates, P.C.

    Metro Boston Office

    327 Union Avenue STE 300
    Framingham, MA 01702

    Metro West Office
    112 Turnpike Road STE 110
    Westborough, MA 01581


    (508)532-8544 | Phone
    (508)969-2845 | Fax


  • 5 May 2021 4:26 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Speaking at the MaSEA Annual Meeting on June 10th is Nina Olson, yes you read that correctly. Nina Olson, the taxpayer team leader for about 20 years as US Taxpayer Advocate, author of The Taxpayer Rights, promoter of the Taxpayer First Act, an annual fixture before Congress to critique the IRS, and a former tax preparer. Her last almost 1,000 page Congressional report, (the Purple Book), contained several dozens of recommendations to strengthen Taxpayer Rights and Improve Tax Administration. EA’s Sharon Kay Flynn and Nancy Goedecke will moderate a panel discussion. Nancy first shared the stage with Nina in 1998 as a NAEA representative at an IRS Conference in Atlanta. Sharon has worked directly with Nina for decades.

    This discussion and presentation is priceless. That’s right; there is no fee. Those attending Annual Meeting are automatically registered. Those who want access just to the Nina Olson portion of the program agree to accept one low income tax clinic case as part of the New England EA LITC Pro Bono group.  MaSEA has organized fifty enrolled agents to assist low income tax clinics in ME, NH, VT, RI and MA.

    For more about Nina Olson since her retirement, visit www.Taxpayer-Rights.org

    For more about the June 10th program, stay tuned to upcoming MaSEA emails and the homepage at MaSEAOnline.org

  • 7 Apr 2021 12:50 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    Every practitioner who works international tax issues should attend this two day international program. Originally scheduled for Athens, the conference has been modified to become a zoom broadcast. Next year the international tax conference will be hosted by the Harvard Law School. The 2021 conference theme is Quality Tax Audits & Protection of Fundamental Taxpayer Rights.

    Registration is now open for the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which will be held over three days, on May 26 to 28, 2021. You can access the agenda here.

    You can register for the conference here.


  • 23 Mar 2021 2:00 PM | MaSEA Staff (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, March 23, MaSEA held a 30-minute MA DOR Zoominar featuring MA DOR Taxpayer Advocate Dana Ackerman. Ackerman provided some clarity as to where individual tax filing requirements stand and insight to possible developments of tax changes. Below are some highlights from the presentation. You can also access a recording of the presentation by clicking here and using the Passcode: pHAj9?hs

    Highlights From The Presentation:

    • Pending legislation in MA statehouse. $10,200 is mirrored but limited to 200% of poverty level. More on the definition of poverty level will come. If passed, MA DOR is hoping that they can handle the change of already filed returns and not require amended returns (at least most of those changes). Also, it includes penalty waivers if related to unemployment. NOT LAW YET – watch MaSEA email blasts. Watch MA DOR website.
    • Legislation is also looking to exclude PPP forgiven loans. NOT LAW YET.
    • DOR is following the May 17 date for Form 1 resident and non-resident. Just like the IRS, the other returns including Trust and Corporations are still due with their original date. 
    • If client files between April 15 and May 17, then applies refund to 2021, will this be a late Q1 estimate or not? More to come...
    • Unemployment on Sch. 1 of federal return can be reduced by contributions to PFML and/or unemployment (there are states where the employee contributes to unemployment as well). MA DOR will be releasing information about this. It looks like this reduction is not allowed in MA but the instructions cause confusion. More to come!
    • If you send questions about pending legislation the MA DOR will not have an answer and won't comment until it is passed and signed. To send other tax-related questions use TaxProFeedback@DOR.state.MA.US.
    • MA DOR will ask Software vendors to allow electronic return payments until May 17.

    You will find the FAQs at Mass.gov/DOR

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