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Oklahoma Tax Institute
Thursday, December 2, 2021 8:30am - Friday, December 3, 2021 5:00pm
IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with current CDC guidelines, the OSCPA encourages all attendees to wear a mask when indoors. We will make every effort possible to host this event live. However, situations outside of our control may arise that will require this event be moved to a virtual-only event.
The Oklahoma Tax Institute is the OSCPA’s most comprehensive tax and financial planning event of the year.
Earn up to 16 hours of recommended CPE credit, including two hours of ethics. Attendees can also receive up to 16 hours of CLE credit.
Bonus: All registrants for the Oklahoma Tax Institute will automatically receive:
- Virtual Bonus Session #1 - Monday, November 29th - Gambling Taxes
- Virtual Bonus Session #2 - Tuesday, November 30th - Estate Taxes
- And a FREE digital version of the 2022 RIA Tax Handbook
The Oklahoma Tax Institute is sponsored by the OSCPA Taxation Committee.
Room Reservations: Discounted room rates are available at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Tulsa for $119/night. You can book your room online or by calling (918) 234-1234 and using group code G-OTXI.
Virtual Attendance: If you prefer to attend virtually, you can register for the simulcast here.
- Eric Kehmeier (view bio)
- Rick Klahsen (view bio)
- Chris Kuehl (view bio)
- Mercean Lam (view bio)
- Tony Mastin (view bio)
- Bruce A. McGovern (view bio)
- Mel Schwarz (view bio)
- Thomas A. Smith (view bio)
- Adam Sweet (view bio)
- Jimmy J. Williams (view bio)
CPAs, financial planners, attorneys and other tax professionals needing updated information on a variety of taxation topics.
Eric Kehmeier a passion to serve businesses by improving technology, led Eric to start Broken Arrow based IBT. He has been an integral part of the company’s growth since 2007 and he continues to be excited about cultivating a positive impact for his team and the community.
Eric has been honored by the Tulsa Regional Chamber as the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the year, the Broken Arrow Chamber 2014 Business Person of the year, 2012 Men of Distinction Honoree, and named a top up-and- coming professional under 40 by the Tulsa Business Journal.
Under Eric’s leadership, IBT was honored with an Employee’s Choice Award for Tulsa’s Best Places to Work, okcBIZ Best Places to Work in Oklahoma, the Better Business Bureau Excellence in Customer Service Award, and the MSPmentor 501 Global list which highlights the top 501 Managed Service Providers in the world. Eric is on the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the NSU College of Business and Technology Advisory Board, and he is a proud Eagle Scout.
Rick Klahsen, CPA has more than 30 years of tax experience, advising clients in various industries, including investor-owned public utilities, food manufacturers and distributors, health service providers, automobile original equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. He previously served as regional tax director for BKD’s South Region and as tax director of the firm’s Dallas-Fort Worth-Waco practice unit. He currently serves as the tax director of Oklahoma practice unit. Rick has significant experience with federal tax due diligence and transaction structuring and is a member of BKD’s Tax Mergers & Acquisitions Steering Committee.
Before joining BKD, Rick was a partner & managing director with another large, national CPA & advisory firm and had roles including tax practice leader, national leader of tax advisory and compliance and national leader of private client services.
He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Texas, Missouri and Minnesota, with pending application to the Oklahoma Accountancy Board for a reciprocal license. Rick has served on the Small Business Investor Alliance tax and accounting advisory committee and is a former member of the advisory board of S-Corporation Association of America (S-Corp) and has testified before a congressional subcommittee and met with members of Congress on behalf of S-Corp. He also is a current member of the Wartburg College Alumni Board and the Senior Accounting Advisory Board for the University of North Texas.
Rick is a graduate of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, with a B.A. degree in accounting.
Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., is a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas.
Mercean Lam has been with the Internal Revenue Service since 2008. Prior to joining the Stakeholder Liaison Division, she held position as a revenue agent in the Small Business and Self-Employed Division. As a stakeholder liaison, she provides outreach and education to stakeholder groups that include tax professional and business and industry organizations.
Tony Mastin, JD, is widely considered a leading authority on tax policy and state and local tax issues. He focuses his practice on advising individuals, high net-worth families, tax-exempt organizations, and businesses of all sizes on planning matters involving state and local taxation (SALT), including sales and use taxes, multi-state taxation, SALT controversy work, and federal income taxation.
Tony joined McAfee & Taft in 2019 following his retirement from the Oklahoma Tax Commission after 35 years of service, including 12 years in which he served as its executive director. Over the course of his career at the OTC, he also served as an attorney in the General Counsel’s office, deputy director of the Motor Vehicle Division, deputy director of the Business Tax Division, and director of the Tax Policy and Research Division. As executive director from 2007 – 2019, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the agency, serving as its legislative liaison, and assisting in the proposal, drafting, review and analysis of tax legislation.
On the national level, Tony played an active role in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP), a nationwide effort by state and local governments and the private sector to simplify and modernize sales and use tax collection and administration. That effort led to the development and implementation of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. Upon initiation of the SSTP in 2000, Tony served as the Oklahoma delegate for the project’s State and Local Advisory Council (SLAC) and was a member of its steering committee, served as scribe on the original drafting committee, and was also a member of the Compliance Review and Interpretations Committee and the Issue Resolution Committee.
In 2017, The Federation of Tax Administrators honored Tony with the Harley T. Duncan Award for his sustained and significant service to state tax administrators.
Bruce A. McGovern
Bruce McGovern, JD, LLM, is a member of the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston, where he also serves as director of the school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Previously, he served for many years as the school’s vice president and associate dean for academic administration. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he taught as a visiting faculty member before joining the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston. Professor McGovern is a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, a former chair of the Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Mel Schwarz, JD, CPA, has more than 37 years of experience in the world of tax legislation in Washington, D.C., including six years spent on the staff of the Joint Committee of Taxation. He is a past chairman of the Tax Legislation Committee of the AICPA, and former member of its Tax Executive Committee. He received his B.A. from SMU, his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas.
Thomas A. Smith
Thomas A. Smith, CPA, is the partner in charge of state and local taxes for BDO USA's Southwest Practice. Smith has more than 20 years of tax experience. He earned a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in 1990. Smith's career began in Tulsa as an auditor for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, where he conducted sales and use as well as severance tax audits throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. While working for the state he also conducted numerous training classes and testified as an expert witness for Texas. In July 2014, Smith joined BDO as their partner in charge of state and local tax for the southwest United States.
Adam Sweet, JD, LLM, has extensive knowledge in the area of partnership tax, including interpreting partnership agreements, allocation and distribution provisions, and issuing profits interests. He is also experienced with both the buying and selling sides of domestic and foreign joint ventures, as well as a variety of IRS controversy matters, including IRS exams and appeals hearings. Adam spent five years as an IRS litigator and another three years in the national office of a Big 4 firm before joining Eide Bailly's national tax office in 2017.
Jimmy J. Williams
Jimmy J. Williams, CPA/PFS, CFP®, is the CEO/president of Compass Capital Management, LLC, in McAlester and an industry leader in the financial planning professions. He is a sought-after speaker providing ethics, financial planning, tax-efficient retirement planning strategies and tax planning to groups up to 1,500. Williams is involved in the future of the accounting profession, serving as the chairman of the AICPA National Accreditation Commission, the past treasurer for the AICPA Foundation, a board of directors member for the AICPA and many other committees. He is a past chairman for the OSCPA, a 2007 Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame Inductee and a 2008 Public Service Award recipient. He currently chairs the OSCPA's Bylaws Committee.