The Internal Revenue Service plans to discontinue live programming of its Tax Talk Today webcasts on May 12, leaving accountants worried about their continuing professional education credits.

The final Tax Talk Today will be on “Specialty Taxes: Estate and Gift, and Employment Taxes.” The IRS noted that many viewers have e-mailed to express their concern regarding the use of CPE credits purchased in the Tax Talk Today Store. There are currently 12 archived programs available for viewing in the webcast’s archives at

Each of the archived programs, plus the upcoming May show, is eligible for CPE credit, the IRS noted. Listening to an audio podcast of a program also qualifies for CPE credit. The IRS plans to keep all of the archived programs available through Dec. 31, 2009. 

CPE credits purchased will be valid for one year after purchase. After the year ends, the credit expires and is no longer valid. “If on Dec. 31, 2009 you have unused CPE credits (which are unexpired), you may request a refund for the unused credits,” said an e-mail from the Tax Talk Today team.

The e-mail also reminded listeners to download their CPE certificates from the Web site once they have completed the requirements for earning a CPE credit.

However, that may not be the end of Tax Talk Today. The team said it hopes to provide “additional programming in the future,” which may mean next tax season.

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