Houston CPAs sponsor tax relief seminars for flood victims

The Houston Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants will sponsor three evening seminars on tax issues concerning disasters in areas hardest hit by flooding. Representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, Texas Workforce Commission, Harris County Appraisal District and Harris County Flood Control District will participate in the panel discussion format, followed by questions and answers.

The seminars will be 7:30-9 p.m. at each location: Sept. 18, St. Peter’s Claver Catholic Church, 6005 N. Wayside near Sims Bayou; Sept. 19, Northwest Assistance Ministries, 15555 Kuykendahl in northwest Houston and Sept. 20, at First Baptist Church of Friendswood, III East Heritage, Friendswood.

“The CPAs will be describing the documentation needed and requirements necessary for a taxpayer to take disaster losses on his tax return” said Harrie Marie Pollok Operhall, chairman of the taxation-special projects committee and an independent CPA with a practice in southwest Houston. “We also will be helping taxpayers determine whether to file amended returns for 2000 or take the loss in 2001.”
Government representatives will discuss relief available through the various taxing authorities.
For more information about the seminars or the Houston CPA Chapter please call 713-622-7733 or visit the chapter’s website at www.houtscva.otg.

The 8,200 member Houston CPA Chapter, with members in 13 surrounding counties, is the third largest local organization of CPAs in the nation. The Houston Chapter has donated millions of dollars to Make-A-Wish through its golf tournament and to other youth charities through its charity event. In addition to providing professional education to its members, the Houston Chapter also delivers toys to 5,000-6,000 children each year through Santa CPAs and supports education. Each spring the Houston CPAs provide free tax help to disadvantaged citizens, including those with low income, physical impairments, non-English-speaking ability or elderly status.

They provide ongoing help to other nonprofit organizations by lending skills to charity auctions, tallying results for KUHT-TV public television drives and providing accounting advice.