The Internal Revenue Service is hosting a number of seminars for tax practitioners on the latest information on the agency's policies and programs.

The first of six three-day Nationwide Tax Forums begins June 28. Among the topics covered are like-kind exchanges, estate and trust planning, identity theft, retirement plans for small businesses, alternative minimum tax and recent tax law changes.

Tax professionals are invited to bring unresolved cases or questions to IRS representatives for on-site resolution. In addition, IRS staff will be on hand to help attendees complete the IRS e-file application, register for e-Services products and provide information about electronic payments and other electronic business tools.

The locations and dates for the 2005 tax forums are:

·        San Francisco, June 28-30

·        Houston, July 12-14

·        Atlanta, July 26-28

·        New York City, Aug. 9-11

·        Las Vegas, Aug. 23-25

·        Chicago, Aug. 30-Sept. 1

The seminars are conducted by IRS experts and tax industry leaders from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the National Society of Accountants and the National Society of Tax Professionals.

Enrolled agents can earn up to 21 continuing professional education credits by participating in a forum. Other professionals should consult their prospective licensing organization for information on qualifying credits.

The fees for the 2005 forums are $119 per person per city for pre-registration and $259 for late or on-site registration. Pre-registration for a forum ends two weeks prior to the start of the forum. Reduced fees are available for members of the IRS partner associations mentioned above. Members should contact their associations directly for details.

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