2017 Fall Tax School Webinar: Federal Update - University of Illinois Tax School
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Note: The content covered in this live webinar is the same content that is taught at Fall Tax School.

This webinar combines all 2017 Federal Tax Workbook content associated with federal tax updates. It includes content from New Developments, IRS Update, and Rulings and Cases chapters.

In 2017, a widespread crypto-ransomware attack occurred infecting over 200,000 computers in 150 countries. These types of attacks are becoming more common. The IRS reports that between 2015 and 2016, attacks increased almost 18%. Although the majority of these attacks occur on home computers, recently, more attacks target businesses. This webinar will increase your awareness of areas of vulnerability and how to respond if computers are attacked. This webinar also includes information on the 21st Century Cures Act enacted in December 2016 which provides that qualified small employer HRAs can be used to reimburse employees for their health insurance premiums.

In the IRS Update portion of this webinar, we will focus on what tax professionals need to know to keep abreast of "what's happening" within the IRS. With current IRS staffing levels at record lows, tax professionals need to understand different IRS processes what will help them communicate as quickly and smoothly as possible with the IRS. This webinar will provide updates on identity theft activities, IRS tools, resources and priorities, private debt collection, and PTIN decisions.

The Rulings and Cases portion of this webinar helps participants understand how courts are ruling on various tax-related topics.

Note: New for 2017, you will access all webinars and digital downloads by logging into your Tax School account on this website.

Other Tax School webinars

Fall Tax School webinars feature audio instruction, plus a powerpoint presentation. Each course includes a set of materials that accompany the course presentation.


  • Monday, December 11, 2017 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Central Time
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM Central Time

Registration Fee: $50.00

CPE Credits: Up to 2.0 based on attendance and completion of engagement activities.

CPE Filings Available: Illinois MCLE, CFP, IRS

Debbie Held Debbie Held has been an instructor with the Tax School since 2000. She has also served as a chapter author and reviewer for the University of Illinois Federal Tax Workbook. She is a graduate of Sangamon State University (University of Illinois at Springfield). She has been employed by the IRS since 1979, spending time as a revenue agent, appeals officer and most recently as a project manager for the SBSE Communications, Liaison, and Disclosure Division. She previously taught various accounting courses at Lincoln Land Community College for 18 years. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and resides in Raymond, Illinois where her family farms.

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Note: New for 2017, you will access all webinars and digital downloads by logging into your Tax School account on this website.

Note: The content covered in this live webinar is the same content that is taught at Fall Tax School.

  1. The 21st Century Cures Act: reimbursing employee health insurance premiums
  2. Tax provisions expiring in 2017
  3. Ransomware attacks: what they are, how to respond to them, and how to reduce your risk of being a victim
  4. Identity theft — scams targeting tax practitioners, payroll and HR personnel and the public
  5. IRS's online tools and resources

    1. e-Services and other online tools
    2. FOIA requests from IRS
  6. Private debt collection
  7. PTIN — History and Steele court decision
  8. Significant rulings and cases between September 2016 and August 2017

Learning Objectives: By attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act as it applies to use of HRAs to reimburse employee premiums for health insurance obtained through a health insurance exchange
  2. Identify which tax provisions expire in 2017
  3. Respond to and reduce your risk of being a victim of Ransomware attacks
  4. Advise clients/employees/stakeholders on potential ID theft issues/risks/threats
  5. Describe IRS's online tools and resources, including the FOIA process
  6. Identify the components of the IRS Private Debt Collection initiative
  7. Explain the IRS's response to Steele court decision in relation to PTIN requirements
  8. Examine the effects of court rulings when the IRS challenges taxpayer positions on tax returns
CPE credits Up to 2.0 based on attendance and completion of engagement activities
Field of Study (NASBA) Taxes (2)
IRS Categories Federal Update (2)
CFP Taxation (2)
IL Insurance N/A
IL MCLE Taxation (2)

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Delivery Method: Internet-Based Group

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite(s): Professional experience in preparing tax returns and an understanding of basic tax rules and regulations.

Materials: Will be available in your Tax School account one week prior to the webinar.

Note: New for 2017, you will access all webinars and digital downloads by logging into your Tax School account on this website.

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