James Corden to host Thomson Reuters’ user conference

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Late night television host and comedian James Corden will be hosting next week’s Thomson Reuters user conference, Synergy 2020.

The sessions for tax and accounting professionals take place Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 10-13, and the Legal Tracker sessions for legal professionals are scheduled for Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 11-13. The conference will take place virtually to preserve the safety of attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signage for "The Late Late Show with James Corden" is displayed at the CBS Corp. Television City studio complex in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. CBS is scheduled to release earnings figures on August 7. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Corden will kick off the opening sessions of each conference track with monologues recorded from Los Angeles. He’ll also have daily welcome messages letting attendees know what they can expect in the days ahead and detail the programming and features they can take advantage of in addition to the educational sessions.

“Our team is working hard to create a virtual experience at the caliber that our attendees expect from Synergy,” said Brian Peccarelli, chief operating officer of customer markets for Thomson Reuters, in a statement. “While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather in person, we are committed to delivering an educational and fun week for our customers.”

The virtual setting will give attendees the opportunity for workshops and in-depth learning on products for all tax and accounting professionals such as Checkpoint Edge, ONESOURCE, Practice Forward, GoSystems Tax and Legal Tracker. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 36 CPE credits throughout the week, double the amount typically available at Synergy in past years.

Breakout sessions throughout the conference focus on in-depth looks at products and their uses, discussions centered around timely issues including Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications for the tax and accounting space, and how professionals can help small businesses during the recession with advisory services. Additional details on the agenda, sessions and speakers are on the event’s website.

“This has been an interesting and challenging year for our profession. From the extended tax deadline, the COVID-19 recession and the unprecedented need for accountants to help small businesses, we have seen a great deal of change in how we work,” said Charlotte Rushton, president of the Tax & Accounting Professionals segment of Thomson Reuters, also in a statement. “At this year’s Synergy, we will be discussing these changes and how professionals can meet these challenges to help their clients through these tough times.”

The virtual setting will allow for new experiences not available at previous Synergy conferences, and will also attempt to replicate some real-world experiences. There will be a virtual experience zone, virtual exhibit floor and virtual fitness classes aimed at keeping attendees active and engaged. Winners of the 2020 Luca, Taxologist and Cheetah awards will be announced during the week as well.

Registration is open to both customers and non-customers. New this year is a preview track that provides access to select keynotes and exhibits for single attendees with no charge. Additional packages for full conference access and CPE credits begin at $950 for single staff attendees and go up to $2,950 for up to 10 firm attendees.

For additional information and to register, attendees can visit the Synergy 2020 registration page.

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