Annual Decosimo Tax Seminar Features Comprehensive Federal Tax Update

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Decosimo announces the firm will host 2014 Decosimo Tax Seminar on November 11 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The format for this year’s Decosimo Tax Seminar will feature a day-long Federal Tax Update and presentations on related topics by Rick Taylor of Wipfli, LLC.

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The format for this year’s Decosimo Tax Seminar at the Chattanooga Convention Center features a day-long Federal Tax Update and presentations on related topics by Rick Taylor of Wipfli, LLC.

Decosimo, a Top 100 accounting and business advisory firm, hosts the 2014 Decosimo Tax Seminar on Tuesday, November 11, at the Chattanooga Convention Center from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The format for this year’s Decosimo Tax Seminar features a day-long Federal Tax Update and presentations on related topics by Rick Taylor of Wipfli, LLC. In addition to the comprehensive focus on key issues involving federal taxes, Decosimo plans to have members of the firm’s professional tax team lead “Ask the Expert” question and answer sessions during extend break times on topics including State and Local Tax, Federal Tax Credits and Estate Planning.

Decosimo has hosted annual tax and accounting seminars for more than 30 years. The cost to attend is $99, and the fee includes access to the full day of seminar activities and associated materials. A continental breakfast and lunch are included for attendees of the seminar. Accountants, attorneys and other business professionals may register for the 2014 Decosimo Tax Seminar is available online through The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Attendees are eligible to earn up to eight hours of CPE credit and up to 6.67 hours of Tennessee CLE credit.

As the seminar’s featured presenter, Mr. Taylor is a noted author and is frequently quoted by the media as one of the nation’s leading experts on federal tax issues. Mr. Taylor, a licensed certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience, is Partner in Charge for Tax with Wipfli CPAs and Consultants in Milwaukee, Wis. Among his duties at Wipfli, Mr. Taylor focuses on developing new planning techniques and offers a wide range of technical tax services to his clients. In addition to his accomplishments as a federal tax expert, Mr. Taylor is a developer and domain expert for two popular tax planning software programs.

Decosimo’s “Ask the Expert” sessions will feature the following Decosimo tax specialists:

  • State & Local Tax: Larry Hyatt, CPA, CFE, Decosimo Principal & Director of State & Local Tax. Mr. Hyatt, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, is a principal with the Brentwood office of Decosimo specializing in federal, state and local tax. His broad experience ranges from 26 years with the Internal Revenue Service’s Intelligence Division, 11 years with the Senior Executive Service and more than three years as the Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue before serving as a partner and the Director of State and Local Tax Department with a regional firm for six years. In his current role with Decosimo, Mr. Hyatt provides state and local tax research and related services for large, privately-owned companies and publicly-traded national and international companies alike. Much of his time is spent defending clients during federal, state and local income tax audits. As a highly regarded specialist in controversy resolution, he also provides training for other CPA firms in the service of their clients during federal, state, and local tax audits.
  • Federal Tax Credits: Steve Pashley, CPA, J.D., LL.M, Senior Manager of Decosimo’s National Tax Services. As a senior manager with Decosimo’s national tax services practice, Mr. Pashley has significant experience assisting clients in the area of federal tax credits and incentives related to research and development (R&D), energy (including solar, wind, biomass investments), real estate and the domestic production activities deduction (DPAD). Mr. Pashley also advises clients regarding: accounting methods and periods issues; excise tax minimization strategies; and tangible personal property regulations implementation. He works with a wide variety of businesses in the manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit, government contracting and technology sectors. As a recognized subject matter expert on federal tax issues and opportunities for businesses, Mr. Pashley has authored more than 100 articles and whitepapers appearing in a variety of publications, and regularly presents regarding federal tax topics.
  • Estate Planning: Shelton Swafford Chambers, CPA, J.D., Decosimo Tax Manager. With considerable experience in public accounting and estate planning advisory, Ms. Chambers works primarily in the areas of tax and estate planning serving trusts, tax-exempt and not-for-profit organizations, assisting clients to meet their estate and trust needs. In her current role with Decosimo, Ms. Chambers advises clients on sophisticated estate plans, business transition plans and gifting mechanisms available to transition wealth to younger generations, while preserving assets for the use and needs of older generations in a tax-efficient manner.

About Decosimo:

Decosimo is perennially ranked as a Top 100 accounting and business advisory services firm. Decosimo is a regional firm with offices in nine geographic locations in the United States and the Cayman Islands, with approximately 300 professionals and staff. Each of Decosimo's offices provides a full range of accounting and advisory services to a wide array of industries. Additionally, Decosimo is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. Comprising more than 300 firms with a total of 667 offices across 105 countries, Moore Stephens and Decosimo provide clients with access to significant resources and expertise comparable to Big Four firms.

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