The National Society of Accountants has created a new social network for tax preparers.

The IRS Tax Forum Network at facilitates real-time discussion among tax preparers about new Internal Revenue Service rules regarding federal tax return preparation.

Much of the interaction involves the live IRS Tax Forum events taking place in six major cities across the U.S. this summer.

The free resource is open to anyone who wants to participate. Anyone can view content on the IRS Tax Forum Network. Those who want to post content, send messages, or reply to messages can create an account and profile. The NSA is also encouraging speakers to blog on the site and urging people to talk about the sessions and other tax issues. Exhibitors are also invited to join the community.

When users complete a profile on the IRS Tax Forum Network, the system matches them up with anyone else who has also selected the same forum so attendees can find and connect with each other.

“NSA members and many other tax professionals have questions and need information about the new IRS tax preparation rules, and not all of them will be able to attend one of the live forums,” says NSA executive vice president John Ams in a statement. “This allows them to connect in real time, discuss their concerns, and get the answers they need.”

The network went online in June before the first IRS Tax Forum and will remain active at least through Fall 2011. Dates and locations for the IRS Tax Forums are:

June 28-30, 2011 – Atlanta
July 12-14, 2011 – Orlando
July 26-28, 2011 – Dallas
Aug. 9-11, 2011 – San Jose
Aug. 16-18, 2011 –Las Vegas
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2011 – Washington, D.C. area

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