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Improve Your Tax Writing Skills

Learn to communicate more effectively and polish your tax writing skills.

Much of the high-value work performed by tax professionals results in some type of a written document - from a very formal tax research memorandum to a more casual email. However, many tax professionals do not write effectively; and this inability to write well may diminish the perceived value of their research and analysis. The good news is that good writing is not innate but is a learned skill. A key objective of this topic is to demystify the writing process for tax professionals. You will examine how to incorporate the results of your tax research into a standard tax memorandum. Next, we will explore how to communicate technical information in non-technical terms by modifying the content of the tax memo into a letter to your client. Finally, we will look at the most common communication - email. This material will also include tips and tricks to polish your writing and will address practical writing concerns of the tax professional.

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Agenda

Building the Case: Why Tax Professionals Need to Write Effectively

  • Communicating Your Results
  • Good Writing Is Good Thinking
  • Increasing the Value ($$$) of Your Work

Writing the Standard Tax Memorandum

  • Facts - the Foundation of Your Memo
  • Issues - the Focus of Your Research
  • Conclusion - Answer the Question Posed in the Issue
  • Analysis - Documenting the Logic in Your Conclusion

Writing the Client Letter

  • Know Your Audience
  • You Recommend, but the Client Decides
  • Essentials of the Client Letter

Emails

  • Who Really Needs This Information?
  • Keep It Short
  • Your Readers' Friends: The Subject Line and Formatting

Polishing Your Writing

  • Grammar
  • Sentence Construction
  • Vocabulary
  • Proofreading
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This course was last revised on April 26, 2021.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Diane Orlich Kuhlmann, Ph.D.

Diane Orlich Kuhlmann, Ph.D.

DePaul University

  • Assistant director Master of Taxation program and instructor, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate tax courses, including introductory business entity taxation, comparative tax systems, and tax writing skills
  • Past director of tax education at RSM, where she developed a writing program for tax professionals
  • Ph.D., M.B.A. and M.B.T. degrees, University of Minnesota
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Published 2021
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