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Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service’s persistence reduces tax debt

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: When Evaluating its Pilot Program on the Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Conferences, Appeals Should be Transparent and Should Consider Both Objective and Subjective Data

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...

The 2018 Nationwide Tax Forums a Success for TAS

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. The 2018 Tax Forums feature...

NTA Blog: Now is the Perfect Time for the IRS to Make Improvements to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

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...

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson honored in Accounting Today’s top 100 list

Accounting Today magazine honored National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson by selecting her for its annual list of Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. According to the magazine, the hono...

NTA Special Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Launches Tax Reform Website in Spanish

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: Form 1023-EZ Now Elicits Additional Information, But It’s Not Clear That IRS Reviewers Are Considering It

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: Announcing the 4th International Taxpayer Rights Conference and Requesting Presentation and Paper Proposals

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: The IRS Refuses to Provide Mandatory Employee Training on Taxpayer Rights

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...

Nuevo Sitio Web Sobre Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos que Explica qué está Cambiando y qué no

English Puede saber que el Congreso aprobó una importante reforma tributaria en la Ley de Recortes y Empleos (TCJA, por sus siglas en inglés) el 22 de diciembre de 2017. El IRS actual...

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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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