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Income Tax Short Course - Instructors

Instructors

Course instructors vary by date.

Alan Gregerson, Internal Revenue Service | Alan Gregerson is a senior stakeholder liaison specialist with the Communications and Liaison Division of the IRS. He has held positions as a revenue agent in Examination, taxpayer service specialist answering technical calls at the nationwide call site, and assisted the volunteer income tax assistance program with technical and electronic filing expertise. Currently he serves as a senior stakeholder liaison specialist working with business organizations and practitioners, speaking and developing issues for outreach and resolutions of those issues. He has 33 years of experience.

Rob Holcomb, EA | Rob Holcomb has been an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota since 2004. Rob works on the development and delivery of educational programs dealing with agricultural risk management with emphasis on taxation, farm analysis, business planning and labor management. Rob has been an instructor for the Minnesota Income Tax Course since 2010 and in 2011 began serving as the tax school faculty director. Additionally, Rob serves on the National Extension Tax Education Committee. Rob holds a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Education and also a master of education degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Rob and his family reside in Marshall, Minnesota.

Mark Krause, Minnesota Department of Revenue | Mark Krause is the tax professional outreach coordinator for the Income Tax and Withholding Division of the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Mark’s primary role is liaison to the tax professional community by providing education and support to tax preparers. Mark was previously a revenue tax specialist in the Special Taxes division. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Ruth Ann Michnay, CPA, MBT, EA, USTCP principal of Ruth Ann Michnay PA | Ruth Ann Michnay is a certified public accountant and a US Tax Court Practitioner with a practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she concentrates in tax representation, tax preparation—individual and small business—and accounting services and consulting. She served on the AICPA IRS Practice and Procedures Committee (2004−2007, 2012−2015) and is a member of the MN CPA Society Legislative Committee. Ruth Ann has also been a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University, Inver Hills Community College, and several other universities in the area. She is a member of the AICPA, MN CPA Society, NAEA, the MN Society of Enrolled Agents, and the Better Business Bureau. She recently completed the NAEA NTPI Fellow program.

Eric Nelson, CPA, MBT | Eric Nelson is a certified public accountant and sole proprietor of his own practice in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he specializes in account and tax consulting for small businesses and individuals. Prior to having his own practice, Eric worked for Best Buy, Inc. as a Tax Senior Analyst, where he was responsible for audit defense on several tax positions including depreciation and fixed asset issues, deferred income recognition, and interest capitalization. Eric is a member of the Minnesota Society of CPAs, AICPA Tax Section, and the Tax Executives Institute.

Krista Sullivan, Internal Revenue Service | Krista Sullivan is a senior stakeholder liaison specialist with the Communications and Liaison Division of the IRS. She has been with the IRS for the past twelve years as a group manager and revenue officer in Field Collection. She has held positions in the private sector in large banks and accounting firms, specializing in personal trust and estate administration, management in a service center, and 1040 preparation. She was a certified financial planner and member of the Financial Planning Association of Minnesota for over ten years during her private sector career. As a stakeholder liaison she collaborates, informs, and communicates priority outreach messages to all taxpayer communities, including major employers, community associations, and tax practitioner organizations to provide significant messages that impact taxpayers.

Clarice Westall, EA, H & R Block | Clarice Westall started her tax preparation career with H & R Block over 45 years ago. In that time, she has filled a variety of roles: tax preparer, office manager, instructor, lecturer, audit representative, editor, director of premium service, and a specialist in nonresident alien tax returns. International taxes is her specialty and one of her favorite topics. She has been an enrolled agent since 1981 and is a member of the NAEA, MATP, and NSTP.