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TAS welcomes new National Taxpayer Advocate, Erin M. Collins

  The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is pleased to announce that Erin M. Collins has joined the Taxpayer Advocate today as the new National Taxpayer Advocate. Erin has more than 30 years of ...

NTA Blog: TAS is open and ready to virtually serve taxpayers

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....

COVID-19: Tax Updates

GET HELP The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) remains commited to assisting taxpayers and championing their taxpayer rights. TAS will continue to offer help to qualified taxpayers by telephone. Vis...

TAS Tax Tip: Where is my refund?

  If you’ve already filed your tax return in the last month or so, but haven’t gotten your refund yet, you may be wondering: Where is my refund? The IRS, in general, processes ref...

NTA Blog: The Taxpayer Advocate Service Celebrates 20 Years of Advocating for Taxpayers

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....

The Taxpayer Advocate Service Celebrates 20 Years of Driving Advocacy Forward

2020 marks 20 years of the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) working as your “Voice at the IRS,” helping taxpayers solve problems and protecting taxpayers’ rights.   The...

NTA Blog: Implementation of New TAS Case Acceptance Procedures for Non-Identity Theft Refund Fraud Cases During Filing Season 2020

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: Keep safe on social media at tax time

Waiting on your tax refund can be difficult. It can be even more so when you are unsure about the status or why there might be a delay beyond the timeframe you expected your refund. While you are c...

Success Story: 235 tax tip sessions held nationwide to help avoid refund delays

Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. Taxpayer advocates from coast...

Treasury and IRS announce the appointment of Erin M. Collins as the National Taxpayer Advocate

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced the appointment of Ms. Erin M. Collins to serve as the new National Taxpayer Advocate. Ms. Collins has a distinguished c...

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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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