Introducing our New Training Specialist

This is a guest post from our new Training Specialist.

I want to introduce myself and to talk about one of my favorite subjects – training.  My name is Frank Dutt and I have been with the Tax-Aide program for 13 tax seasons.  I spent six years in New York and the past seven years here in Massachusetts.  For the last four years, I have been part of the District 25 training team.  The past two years I have worked with Peter Viles in the transition to TaxSlayer and with Harry Gong to develop training materials that can be used in multiple districts.  I am honored that Joan has asked me to be the state Training Specialist (TRS)

My experience says that good training is difficult.  People learn and train in different ways.  Providing materials to meet everyone’s need is a challenge.  Meeting that challenge is almost impossible without participation by many people.  My concept as TRS is to bring together a team of people interested in training and together develop a list of training needs and prioritize what needs to be done.  The work would be parceled out to those interested and qualified to help.  How to do that is a challenge, given we are spread over a large area, but tools like Go To Meeting and old fashioned tools like emails and face to face meetings help to make the task possible.

Harry, Joan, and I have collected a list of projects we feel need attention.  This is our list to get us started.  I am looking for input on what others feel is missing.  This list includes (but in no way limited to):

  • New Tax Law changes
  • Mass Manual update
  • Training workbook problems, especially to make more applicable for MA
  • Impact of Circuit Breaker credit on Federal return
  • Instructions for Non-Resident and Part-Year Resident Returns
  • Instructions for Amendments
  • Tax law material to go with workbook problems
  • ERO Training, including efile status monitoring
  • Second Person Return Review process

So, my plea is that if you have an interest in training, or you think our training could be better, or if you think we are missing some need, please let me know by commenting on this post (comments will not be published).  I need your input to do my job, so I look forward to hearing from you.

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