The TexFed team has been busily working on issues surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its impact on this year’s 36th Annual Texas Federal Tax Institute. Rest assured that our goal is clear—to fulfill the mission of educating the tax professionals who attend our Institute and building a cohesive, supportive tax community, all the while taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID 19.
Towards that end, we began working with La Cantera Resort in San Antonio to either move the date of the program from June 3-5, 2020, to August 26-28, 2020 (the only option presented by La Cantera), or to cancel the 2020 program entirely. Our discussions with La Cantera were amicable and productive.
After much deliberation and a telephonic Board meeting, we concluded that it would not be prudent to attempt to move our annual gathering to August. Thus, this year’s Texas Federal Tax Institute is cancelled. This was a painful, but unanimous, decision. When next we gather, we want it to be a safe, joyful reunion of our loyal attendees, our very own treasured and growing tax community. TexFed is founded on the principle that an in-person gathering of our tax community is a valuable part of our professional life together, possibly more valuable than the material itself. To hold a program that would likely be a mere shell of the robust gathering to which we have become accustomed was an option with absolutely no appeal to us.
It appears that, fortuitously, La Cantera cancelled most if not all of your hotel reservations accidentally. Please ensure that those are cancelled. Also, if you have already purchased your plane tickets, it appears that all of such fares for the relevant airlines may be cancelled without penalty at this time. Please do so.
To our valued speakers—thanks for sticking with us while we did our deliberations. To our treasured attendees—thank you for your continued support. To our invaluable sponsors—many, many thanks for your steadfastness through these times. The combination of our speakers, attendees and sponsors produced a record year for TexFed in 2019, and when we come together again in 2021 we will expect even greater success.
Vaya con Deos, with continued wishes for your safety, and until we meet again,
Gene Wolf, President
Kevin Thomason, Chairman of the Board
Texas Federal Tax Institute
History of Texas Federal Tax Institute
The Texas Federal Tax Institute is registered with 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 website: www.nasbaregistry.org.
The Texas Federal Tax Institute (TFTI) started in very modest fashion. The State Bar of Texas (SBOT) sponsored several basic tax CLE programs in the early 1980s, but practitioners clearly wanted additional programs that addressed more sophisticated, cutting-edge issues facing tax practitioners. In 1985, desiring deeper tax CLE content, Scott Morris – a former professor who had taught tax courses in Dallas at what is now the SMU Dedman School of Law – created a one-day real estate and partnership taxation seminar which was conducted in Dallas. Although the State Bar lent its name to the program, Scott took the entire responsibility for putting on the program and donated any profits to the SBOT Tax Section.