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NTA Blog: IRS Examinations Continued - The IRS Should Promote Voluntary Compliance and Minimize Taxpayer Burden in the Selection and Conduct of Audits

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...

Success Story: Through advocacy and perseverance, TAS helped relieve a taxpayer’s hardship

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...

NTA Blog: There is Still Time to Register for the International Taxpayer Rights Conference

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: IRS Examinations - The IRS Should Promote Voluntary Compliance and Minimize Taxpayer Burden in the Selection and Conduct of Audits

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: Although the IRS Has Made Some Improvements, Math Error Notices Continue to Be Unclear and Confusing, Thereby Undermining Taxpayer Rights and Increasing Taxpayer Burden

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...

2019 Tax Forums will feature TAS seminars and the Case Resolution Program

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the la...

NTA Blog: The Second Circuit in Borenstein Helped to Close the Gap in the Tax Court's Refund Jurisdiction, but Only for Taxpayers in that Circuit

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...

TAS Tax Tip: Updates to Estimated Tax Penalty Waiver

The April 15th tax deadline has passed, however the IRS announced on March 22, 2019 that it is expanding the waiver of the Estimated Tax Penalty to include relief for taxpayers whose total withhold...

Tax Notes podcast features an interview with the National Taxpayer Advocate

On April 11, National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina Olson sat down with a senior reporter from Tax Notes, an online publication for tax professionals, to record an interview about the filing season ...

NTA Blog: The Adoption of a Withholding Code and the Improvement of Free File Fillable Forms Would Streamline Tax Withholding and Reporting

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...

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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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