If you are reading this, you survived another tax season. Congratulations! As part of the inevitable post-mortem, I will be meeting with the NYS DTF Commissioner & her lieutenants to discuss issues that vexed taxpayers, preparers & DTF. So, while the frustrations and mysteries of the past 4 months are still fresh in your mind, PLEASE forward them to me so I can do more than just listen. 

Any issues that you would like changed, clarified or discussed with NYSDTF, send to by Friday, May 4th. Provide as much detail as you can (redact as necessary) and estimate how many of your tax clients were impacted. You may recall the changes that were made to a rather offensive DTF letter last year as a result of such discussions. NYSSEA will have their attention and we need to take full advantage. If you want something to change, you have to speak up now!

Along similar lines, I received an email from Linda Henson, Senior Stakeholder Liaison requesting agenda topic suggestions relating to IRS procedures, processes, programs and/or initiatives.   If you can send me an email that I can combine with others by May 2, I will get them to Ms. Henson. This is in preparation for the Spring Practitioner Liaison Virtual Meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 15th from 10am to Noon. P lease  RSVP  to this invitation on your intentions to participate in this meeting by forwarding an email to our Practitioner Chair Yvonne Cort at   on or before May 9, 2018.

A similar in-person Practitioner Liaison Meeting will be held in Rochester, NY on June 7th. Scheduled presentations include: Examination, Collection, Appeals, Taxpayer Advocate, Return Preparer Office and the NYS Department of Tax & Finance. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Steven Ingraham at

      If you have any questions, please contact me at


Ken Kohlhof, EA, MBA