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TAS Tax Tip: Before you file that federal tax return: Stop and follow these tips to help avoid unnecessary delays

The Taxpayer Advocate Service wants to help you avoid delays this filing season, including refund delays. If you missed attending one of our local events and you prepare your own tax return, wheth...

NTA Blog: National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Annual Report to Congress and Purple Book

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. Additional blogs can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs....

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress

Each year's Annual Report to Congress identifies the ten most serious problems facing taxpayers and offers recommendations to fix them. ...

TAS Tax Tip: Important information you need to know about refunds

Planning for a refund this year? Use these tax tips and find out what you need to know and understand about tax refund timing, when you could receive it and why you may only get part or none at all...

TAS Tax Tip: Wait to receive your W-2 form or other income statements to file your tax return

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) wants to help you be prepared for the tax filing season. One way to avoid tax processing or refund delivery delays is to wait until you’ve received all of ...

Save the date and attend a free pre-filing season tax tips event in your area, January 13-17, 2020

Planning to file your tax return soon? Before you file your 2019 federal tax return, get tax tips from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and avoid delays this tax filing season. The Taxpayer Advo...

TAS Tax Tip: See this important information about child and dependent-related tax benefits

If you have children or other dependents, and qualify to claim them on your tax return, there are a few things you need to know now, and some you may need to act on before you file your 2019 federa...

NTA Blog: Holiday Cheer and All the Best in the New Year

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. Additional blogs can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs....

NTA Blog: IRS Publication Error May Have Caused Certain Married Taxpayers Filing Separately to Fail to File Required Tax Returns

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. Additional blogs can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs....

TAS Pre-Filing Season Outreach

Ready to file your federal tax return? Stop by one of these events first and get tips to avoid delays! Want to avoid delays this filing season, including refund delays? Find out how by visiting...

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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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