Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Message From Our Chapter President...

During the week of August 8 – 12, fifteen of our Chapter members joined me in attending the National conference in Indianapolis.  This was my seventh year attending the annual conference and I must say it was one of the better ones I have attended.  The education content and selection of instructors was superb. In addition to the education, the Chapter Showcase competition raised $ 23,931, of which $745 was contributed thru the efforts of our Chapter. The recipient organization who received this year’s charity award was Flight 1, an organization within the Indianapolis area which builds confidence in children who face health challenges or who have lost an immediate family member to illness.  A special thank you to Chris Miarecki and her crew for assisting with our Chapter’s contributing efforts for this special event.  Each year our Chapter hosts an evening social get together and eats for attending members from our local Chapter.  This year was no exception, as we enjoyed a pleasant evening at the Loughmiller’s Pub and Eatery.  For anyone who may be thinking of attending next year’s conference, it will be held in Washington, D.C. August 7 thru the 10.

As many of us may still be struggling with the overflow of extensions from last tax season, one should not overlook their education requirements.   Now is no better time to register for our Chapter’s Fall Seminar and Annual meeting scheduled for October 25 at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Mass.  A copy of the day’s agenda can be found on our Chapter Blog at  along with a registration link.  Education chair, Tracey Bell, has coordinated a very complete program which includes our own member and National speaker Cheryl A. Morse, EA who will be the education presenter.  At the annual meeting portion of the day’s events we will be electing one board member seat, whose term expires, from each of the following regions:

Region 1 (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties)
Region 2 (Worcester and Middlesex counties)
Region 3 (Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk counties)
Region 4 (Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties)

I encourage anyone who may have a desire to represent their region to contact our nominating chair, June Massee, no later than September 23, with their intent to be considered for nomination or pose any questions one may have concerning the election.  June can be reached at

Just a reminder, our state tax update is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel Conference Center in Sturbridge, Mass. By registering for this event at our Fall seminar on   October 25, 2016 and making payment by November 8, 2016 you will benefit from a 50 % discount.

Looking forward to seeing you on October 25 in Mansfield.

David L. Johnson, EA, ATA

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