CCH Audio Conferences Will Get Practitioners Up to Speed for Tax Season

Focus on 1040 Changes, Hurricane Relief and 2004 Jobs Act Technical Corrections

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., January 13, 2006) – CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and a leading provider of tax information, software and services is offering two live, 150-minute audio conferences that will bring professionals up to speed quickly on vital topics in time for tax season. Eleventh-Hour 1040 Preparation Update and The 2005 Hurricane Relief Tax Acts and 2004 Jobs Act Technical Corrections: What You Need to Know feature authoritative speakers, timely content and bonus publications at a reasonable price.

“This is an excellent way for professionals to become familiar with a large body of recent changes that will impact many returns, in 2005 and on into the future,” said CCH Managing Editor Richard Jarvis. “The time spent in these audio conferences can save valuable hours of preparation time, making practitioners and staff more efficient and increasing the accuracy of returns.”

The 2005 Hurricane Relief Tax Acts and 2004 Jobs Act Technical Corrections: What You Need to Know, with Mark Luscombe and John W. Roth

Friday, January 20, 2005 2 p.m. Eastern; 1 p.m. Central

Just as 2005 came to a close, Congress passed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Tax Act aimed at providing relief to those affected by the three devastating hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. But the bill did much more than that. The Act makes critical clarifications to key provisions of the 2004 Jobs Act, and tax practitioners must be aware of the many changes in the bill that will affect 2005 tax returns for individuals and businesses. CCH's tax analysts have exhaustively studied this bill and prepared a 150-minute seminar on the most critical changes and how they will affect taxpayers for both the 2005 tax year and the years ahead.

In this audio seminar, CCH Principal Tax Analyst Mark Luscombe, JD, CPA, and CCH Federal Tax Analyst John W. Roth, JD, will:

  • Discuss in detail the new tax breaks to assist in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts;
  • Outline how the expansion of Hurricane Katrina tax breaks to individuals and businesses will benefit those affected by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma;
  • Show how tax breaks in the hurricane legislation will impact businesses throughout the country;
  • Give practitioners a detailed review of the number of substantive clarifications to the Code Sec. 199 domestic manufacturing deduction;
  • Discuss the other clarifications to the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act that affect C corporations, partnerships, S corporations, REITs, tax-exempt entities, trusts and estates, cooperatives, and a host of specific industries;
  • Review the clarifications and technical corrections to nine other pieces of tax legislation, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004; and
  • Give a quick review of the provisions affecting the interest suspension rules with respect to tax shelters and the extension of expiring provisions.

About the Speakers

Mark Luscombe, a CPA and attorney, is a key member of the CCH Tax Legislation team tracking and analyzing legislation before Congress. Luscombe is the current developments chair of the Partnership Committee, American Bar Association Tax Section, and regularly speaks on wide range of tax topics. In addition, Luscombe co-authors a biweekly tax column for Accounting Today and authors a monthly column for TAXES, The Tax Magazine. Prior to joining CCH, he was in private practice with several Chicago-area law firms where he specialized in taxation.

John Roth JD, LL.M., is a tax analyst specializing in the day-to-day application of tax law across a wide range of tax topics. He provides practical insight into how tax laws apply to individuals, corporations and special entities. Roth joined CCH from a national tax service where he was responsible for its premier tax preparation services and trained other CPAs for the company’s advanced services.

Eleventh Hour 1040 Update, with Claudia Hill

Monday, January 23, 2005; 2 p.m. Eastern; 1 p.m. Central

Tax professionals serving 1040 clients face many last-minute tax changes this year because of the new hurricane relief tax acts, new IRS guidance and other recent developments. This year more than ever, a last-minute refresher and update is critical to a successful season. Noted speaker and author Claudia Hill, EA, M.B.A., will guide participants through the information they need to know from the perspective of a seasoned tax professional who prepares lots of returns herself for a range of clients. This seminar will feature a thorough review of the last-minute developments and tips on what professionals need to be aware of as the season begins. Best of all, Hill will answer participant questions live during this seminar.

In the audio seminar, Hill will:

  • Review key tax law changes affecting individual taxpayers;
  • Outline what’s new on the 2005 1040 return;
  • Walk through a tax preparer’s checklist;
  • Point out the anticipated “speed bumps” for this year’s filings;
  • Review the changes in the uniform definition of child;
  • Show what has changed for charitable contributions of vehicles;
  • Discuss the standard mileage rate split-year issues;
  • Review the use of the Code Sec. 199 domestic production activities deduction for individual filers, and more.

About the Speaker

Claudia Hill, EA, M.B.A., is a nationally recognized tax professional and frequent speaker on taxation of individuals and representation before the IRS.  She is Editor-in-Chief of CCH's Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure and the review editor of CCH’s 1040 Express Answers.  Hill has testified on tax issues before both the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. She has served on the Commissioner's Advisory Group to the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service and was invited to testify at the President’s Tax Reform Panel.

How the Audio Seminars Work

CCH’s live audio conferences require nothing more than a telephone connection. For the $249 per site fee, an unlimited number of listeners at a site can participate, get up to speed and in-the-know on these hot new topics.

CPE Credit

Three hours of CPE credit are also available for each seminar for an additional $25 for each person wishing to receive a CPE certificate for participation in a conference.

Special Bonuses

Those registering for Eleventh-Hour 1040 Preparation receive:

  • A free copy of CCH's 1040 Express Answers;
  • A free issue of CCH's Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure; and
  • A free copy of CCH's Pocketax 2006

Those registering for 2005 Hurricane Relief Tax Acts receive:

  • A free copy of CCH's 660-page Law,Explanation and Analysis of the Hurricane Tax Relief Acts of 2005 and
  • A free copy of Conference Report of the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005

How to Register

To register online using a credit card go to: To register by phone, call CCH Customer Service at 1-800-775-7654. Please have your credit card information ready. For more information, go to:

About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business ( is a leading provider of tax and accounting law information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals and their clients since 1913. Among its market-leading products are The ProSystem fx® Office, CCH® Tax Research NetWork™, Accounting Research Manager™ and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH is based in Riverwoods, Ill. 

Wolters Kluwer is a leading multinational publisher and information services company. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2004) of €3.3 billion, employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide and maintains operations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ( Its depositary receipts of shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

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