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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...

NTA Blog: Highlights of the Taxpayer First Act and Its Impact on TAS and Taxpayer Rights

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....

Tax Pros: Don't risk your PTIN expiring by Dec. 31, 2019

If you prepare or help prepare federal tax returns for compensation, you must have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS. It only takes 15 minutes to renew your Preparer Ta...

NTA Blog: Volume 2 of NTA Objectives Report Features IRS Responses to Most Serious Problems

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....

Success Story: TAS's advocacy helps taxpayer get refund using wire deposit to a foreign bank account

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’s tax issues. All person...

Alert: Planning to travel outside of the U.S. this year? Don’t risk a passport revocation - arrange to settle large IRS debts now

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts, $50,000 or more, to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. If you owe $50,000 or more and haven’t ...

NTA Blog: IRS Agrees to Temporary Exclusion from the Passport Certification Program for TAS Cases

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 Tax Tip: It’s Time to Check Your Tax Withholding

The Internal Revenue Service recently launched the new Tax Withholding Estimator, an expanded, mobile-friendly online tool designed to make it easier to have the right amount of tax withheld during...

Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service's Advocacy Helps Taxpayer Keep Housing Subsidy

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’s tax issues. All person...

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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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