Tax Seminars: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Fun and taxes. Can taxes be fun? We all know death and taxes are often quoted in the same sentence. It doesn't mean being a tax professional has to be a dreaded exercise performed day after day, or does it? Some tax seminars make me think it does.Therefore, today's post is a personal one in which I ask for your feedback and input (NOTE: I always want your feedback and input on my posts, but especially this one). I have a general comment that applies to all tax presentations (seminars, webinars, etc.) - Why do they have to be boring?

Why do we continue to follow the same format for all tax presentations? "Droning" on and on with code, regs, etc. Can't we find a more interesting way to communicate the rules, law changes, court cases, decision tools, method of analysis, etc.?How about pictures? Diagrams? Something more interactive than just polling questions; perhaps through the use of social media?

It should be a discussion, not a lecture. It should be something other than what I could do if I just read a book myself. Granted, this is not an easy endeavor when dealing with tax law; but I think it is worth a shot, don't you?What do you think? Am I crazy? Do accountants and lawyers really like the way seminars are conducted and tax law is currently communicated? Am I expecting too much?

Please comment below or send me an e-mail at brian.strahle@bakertilly.com with your feedback.

Thank you.

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Brian Strahle is the owner of LEVERAGE SALT, LLC where he provides state and local tax technical services to accounting firms, law firms and tax research organizations across the United States.  He also writes a weekly column in Tax Analysts State Tax Notes entitled, "The SALT Effect."  For more info, visit his website: www.leveragestateandlocaltax.com

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