President’s Message

To all NJSEA Members

The 2016-2017 Governance year for the NJSEA has been one of the most active years ever.  New Jersey has been put on the NAEA map as being an active and viable affiliate.  We have been recognized nationally by being awarded 2nd place in the NAEA membership challenge for a net increase in our membership.  Kudos to our membership committee for a great job.  We have engaged more members than ever before through our quality education seminars which were held around the state.  We understand that everyone cannot make every monthly meeting.  For this reason, we gave our members an opportunity to attend morning, afternoon and evening meetings in northern, central and southern Jersey.  Our members were always available to help one another through our mentoring program and through “breakfast with tax buddies”, an informal gathering where members were available to help new and potential new members enhance their EA goals.

We continue to support Educating America to further enhance the enrolled agent profession.  We need to continue to educate the public that being an “enrolled agent” is a profession and a prestigious one!  With NAEA’s relationship with Gleim, study material is available to students, making them well-prepared to pass the SEE exam.  As Malcolm X said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”  Preparing students today for a career as an enrolled agent will certainly enhance our overall profession.

Education and knowledge are the keys to being successful.  The new NAEA website has been launched.  There is a wealth of information available to all members via the website.  Visit the Tax Research Center and search the online tax knowledge database or pose a question on a particular topic at the Member Forum.  Additional support to promote your practice is available through Member Resources.  Here you will find print, radio, web and TV ads, brochures, customizable news releases, sample documents and letters and social media tips.  And don’t forget to check out your listing in the “Find a Tax Expert” online directory.  All members have a free listing there or an enhanced listing for a nominal fee.  An NAEA member-only Facebook page gives members an opportunity to ask questions and get them answered by their tax expert peers.

I am so proud that through the efforts of the NJSEA, “Enrolled Agent Week” was declared in the State of NJ at the beginning of February!  Although we were unsuccessful in the past, a team effort made it happen this year!  Thanks to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, enrolled agents were recognized as “an important asset not only to the community and public we serve, but to the NJ Department of Revenue as well.”

As your President, I have serviced as ex-officio on all committees.  These committees have worked very hard this year for the betterment of our affiliate.  Many thanks to the officers and directors who have served for the 2016-2017 year.  Your hard work and dedication is appreciated not only by me, but by all of the members of our great affiliate.  Many thanks for serving.

Bernadette Antonelli, EA, ATA, ATP
President, New Jersey Society of Enrolled Agents