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Tax Institute Speakers

Robert 'Chris' Province

Robert 'Chris' Province is a highly sought-after, award-winning discussion leader delivering dynamic and engaging CPE seminars to CPA's and business professionals across the country. State CPA societies and firms alike consider Chris to be their trusted provider of CPE and often comment he was "asked for by name" by many seminar attendees. Chris consistently receives outstanding evaluations for the courses he instructs. Chris has authored and co-authored many CPE courses throughout his career. He was a founder and co-owner of Garverick Province, LLC. Chris currently serves as a technical writer and reviewer of seminars materials for various tax and financial seminar companies. Chris received the California CPA Education Foundation's "Discussion Leader of the Year" Award, has been featured in several business publications, and has appeared in various CPE webinars and broadcasts.

In addition to his speaking, Chris is currently a self-employed CPA specializing in taxation of high net worth individuals and closely held businesses with clients located in many states throughout the United States. Chris has also served as a tax partner and senior tax member for several local, regional, and national CPA firms.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from California State University Northridge. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Chris is currently a member of the national AICPA S-Corporation Technical Resource Panel. He has also served as a member of the Qualifications Committee for the California Board of Accountancy. Chris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California and North Carolina.

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Ann Makres

Ann Makres is a Senior Stakeholder Liaison with the Small Business/Self-Employed division of the Internal Revenue Service. Ann partners with tax practitioners and small business organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to deliver information on individual and small business tax issues, as well as engage her partners on IRS policies, practices and procedures.

Ann joined the IRS in 1987 as a Taxpayer Service Representative, and in 1990 she became a Revenue Officer. In 2000 she was hired as a Tax Specialist with Taxpayer Education and Communication which was reorganized as Stakeholder Liaison in 2005. Ann has a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Over the last 15+ years Ann has conducted many tax seminars for both tax practitioners and small business. For the past three years she has also overseen the Midwest Area Issue Management Resolution System (IMRS) and is a member of the IRS Affordable Care Act speaking cadre.  Ann always enjoys the opportunity to partner with the practitioner community.