Photograph: Roger McEowen.

Tax Ethics CLE

Washburn University School of Law, in conjunction with Kansas State University's 2023 75th Annual Kansas Income Tax Institute, is pleased to present the CLE "Tax Ethics" on Friday, December 15, 2023. This CLE is an online event only.

About the Program

Photograph: Roger McEowen.The two-hour "Tax Ethics" CLE presented by Roger McEowen will be scenario-based on numerous common tax practice situations. Each scenario will pose ethical issues for the practitioner and discussion will focus on the manner in which the client issues can or should be solved within the governing ethical guidelines and rules.


NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 1:00 p.m. CT = 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time = 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time = 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

1:00-1:30 p.m. — Login and testing of audio feed, etc.

1:30-2:20 p.m. — Conflicts of Interest; Confidentiality and Privilege (Application of Circular 230) [50 minutes NASBA Regulatory Ethics credit or 50 minutes IRS Ethics credit]:

  • Privileges relating to taxpayer communications
  • Furnishing information to the IRS
  • Third-party disclosures Under IRC Sec. 6103
  • IRC Sec. 7216 penalties for improper disclosures

2:20 p.m. — Break

2:30 p.m. — Industry Focus and Competence (Application of Circular 230) [50 minutes NASBA Regulatory Ethics credit or 50 minutes IRS Ethics credit]:

  • Competence
  • Compliance with practice procedures
  • Incompetence and disreputable conduct
  • Other Topics as Related to Circular 230
    • Contingent Fees
    • Power of Attorney
    • Reporting unethical preparers
    • Publication of tax preparation fees
    • Death of a tax preparer

3:20 p.m. — Adjourn

Program Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives for the program:

This program takes an applied look at Treasury Circular 230 and changes to the Circular that have been proposed. Addressed will be various scenarios concerning how a tax practitioner should operate in relationship to clients and the IRS. Given the numerous changes in tax law and procedure in recent months challenges for practitioners have increased substantially. Participants will learn how Circular 230 applies to these challenges in a hands-on participant interactive format.

At three points during each hour of presentation attendees will be asked to answer questions about the presentation to confirm 1) their attendance and 2) their understanding of the material as it is presented live online.

Content, Prerequisites, Expected Participant Knowledge Level, Registration and Refund/Complaint Information

This program examines several area of ethics involving the application of tax law to clients. As noted, the program is intended for participants who have an intermediate level of knowledge in the Taxes Subject Area. Even beginners will find exposure to the ethical scenarios presented to be helpful in assessing whether to engage more senior practitioners to help them with client situations. There are no specific prerequisites required to attend.

No advance preparation is required though program participants may want to review the topic areas and bring questions they would like addressed during the program.

The program will be delivered online via the Zoom platform. Specific instructions and a link to access the online program will be provided several days prior to the program to individuals who register and pay the fee. Instructions will also include information about how to access program materials.

Washburn Law is an NASBA CPE provider. The program will qualify in the taxes area for the minutes noted next to each presentation.

Instructions about how to register for this program are found on this page. More information about WALTR can be found here: and Individuals who are interested in this program should register through the event homepage to see any program-related updates. Information about the program refund policy and complaint resolution steps are also included on the event homepage. You may also contact the administrative staff person for this program, Donna Vilander, at (785) 670-1105.

NASBA Registration

Washburn Law is certified by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:

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Date / Location

Friday, December 15, 2023
1:00-3:20 p.m. (central time)

Location (online only)

Registration Fee
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit
  • Kansas: Kansas 2.0 hours (2 hours ethics) (Traditional and Online).
  • Other jurisdictions: all other attorney attendees will receive documentation and be responsible for submitting for credit in their home state.
CPE for IRS Practice Credit
Logo: Internal Revenue Service continuing education approved provider.
  • Continuing education credit for Enrolled Agents (EAs) and Other Tax Return Preparers (OTRPs) will be reported to the IRS by Washburn University School of Law, an IRS Approved Education Provider. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR CORRECT PTIN NUMBER FOR CREDIT TO BE REPORTED. The program is approved for EAs and OTRPs for 100 minutes of Federal Tax Law and 0 minutes of Federal Tax Update, for a total of 100 minutes.
CPE for NON- IRS Practice (CPAs and Accountants) Credit

Washburn Law is a NASBA certified CPE provider in GL and GIB (live / internet-based) formats. Kansas required this certification for online attendance credit. Please confirm your state does as well and you will receive attendance confirmation to submit after completion.

Information for Online Attendees

This CLE will be streamed via Zoom. There is no charge to use Zoom. The link to the program will be sent to online attendees via email.

Online attendance at this program falls under the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission's (KSCLE) "Live programming" definition; 12 CLE credit hours may be earned through online attendance each compliance period. See Rules and Guidelines and the FAQ at the Kansas Continuing Legal Education website for more information.

Nontraditional programming limitations may vary in other jurisdictions; it is the responsibility of the attendee seeking credit to verify any limitations.


If you cannot attend the program, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration before midnight on Monday, December 11, 2023, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials in electronic form and be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this program.

Assistance for Special Needs

Questions regarding registration or the program can be directed to Donna Vilander at Washburn Law at (785) 670-1105 or

Kansas Income Tax Institute

The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics sponsors an annual Kansas Income Tax Institute, now in its 75th year. The program is intended for tax professionals and is designed to provide up-to-date training on current tax law, regulations, and updates. The 2-day, 2023 programs held throughout Kansas will review recent cases and rulings and key legislation, provide an in-depth review and analysis of a number of tax areas, and cover newly enacted regulations and procedures critical to tax practitioners. The program stresses practical information to facilitate the filing of individual, small-business, and farm returns. Learn more and register for upcoming programs being held through December 18-19, 2023 at the Kansas Income Tax Institute website.

Contact Us

Washburn University School of Law
Continuing Legal Education
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1105