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NTA Blog: Inadequate Training of IRS Employees Harms Taxpayers, Creates IRS Rework, and Erodes IRS Employee Morale

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

NTA Blog: Nonresident Aliens Still Facing Hardships In Obtaining Refunds of Withheld Tax

Nonresident Aliens’ Ability to Receive Credit for Certain Taxes Withheld at Source Continues to Be Jeopardized Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts ...

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer validate eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit

Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details ar...

Government Shutdown

As of February 9, 2018, all Taxpayer Advocate Service offices have resumed normal operations. Please be aware that due to the lack of an approved federal budget, all Taxpayer Advocate Service off...

TAS assistance offered at local Problem Solving Days

  The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct Problem Solving Day events in communities throughout the country in the coming months and year. During these events, TAS employees from a lo...

NTA Blog: Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment (Part 2 of 2)

Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment - The IRS Must Ensure Taxpayers Are Getting the Assistance They Need Over the Telephone (Part 2 of 2) Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive ...

The first in a series of NTA Conversations is now available for online viewing

The NTA is hosting a series of conversations that bring together experts to discuss relevant issues that impact and influence tax administration. The first NTA Conversation panel discussion "An Int...

NTA Blog: Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment (Part 1 of 2)

Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment - Communicating with the IRS Over the Phone Must Be Made Easier for Taxpayers (Part 1) Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the ...

NTA Blog: IRS Rolls out Passport Certification Program, Refusing to Adopt Taxpayer Protections and Exclude Taxpayers Working with TAS

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at w...

Government Shutdown

As of January 23, 2018, all Taxpayer Advocate Service offices have resumed normal operations. Please be aware that due to the lack of an approved federal budget, all Taxpayer Advocate Service off...

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Managers

Michael Sperando, CPA

Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1983 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been with the Firm since 1983 and a manager since 1987.

Michael’s contribution to the Firm is serving the closely held businesses and individual clients in the following ways. His experience includes conducting and supervising compilation, review and auditing services for a majority of the Firm’s clients in a variety of industries. He also has extensive experience in tax services, management advisory services and small business services. He is responsible for maintaining the Firm’s internal quality control through annual inspections of work performed by all members of the Firm and is in charge of overseeing the Firm’s peer review that occurs every three years.

Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently serving as treasurer of his homeowners association.


Maria L. Esters, CPA

Maria is a 1987 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She joined the Firm in 1988 and currently serves as an audit manager, providing audit services for a variety of clients in real estate development and management, construction, healthcare and not-for-profit entities. She also has experience in the areas of estate planning and fiduciary tax preparation.

Maria is member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Mary Ann C. Burkhalter, CPA, CVA

Mary Ann is a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a CPA in Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, she worked in the accounting department of Lloyd Noland Hospital and during 1995 joined Horton, Lee, Burnett, Peacock, Cleveland, & Grainger P.C. She currently serves as a manager in the Firm’s audit department. She has experience in audits of closely held businesses and non-profit entities, tax preparation for corporations, individuals and partnerships and in business valuation services.Mary Ann is a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Finance Council for St. Aloysius Church.



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