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URI and Federal Taxation Institute celebrate 60 years
Program is the oldest, continuous institute in the country

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- October 12, 2001 -- There are at least two things you can count on: taxes and the University of Rhode Island.

That’s because for the past 60 years, URI has teamed up with professionals who deal with tax questions in their practices to offer an annual Federal Taxation Institute. This institute, by the way, is the oldest, continuous taxation institute in the country and the only one of its kind in Rhode Island.

The Institute provides these professionals -- lawyers, accountants, and insurance executives -- a chance to familiarize themselves with the latest tax forms, updates, modifications, or tweaked tax laws.

An executive committee works with URI’s Special Programs Office, located at URI’s Providence Campus, to fine tune topics that will be offered each year. Another URI connection is Joseph P. Matoney, professor of accounting at URI, who generally participates in one of the breakout sessions. This year, his session will review and update home office, computer, and automobile deductions for individuals.

For those who attend the daylong institute, URI, again under the auspices of the Special Programs Office, will provide continuing education credits that meet the requirements of the participants’ professional groups.

This year’s Institute, which generally attracts 150 to 200 professionals from across the state, will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Providence.

Virginia Nardone, director of the Special Programs Office, said: "Our long track record in hosting this program shows our commitment to professional development in this field. The Institute topics are designed to relate directly to Rhode Island needs."

"We’ve always enjoyed a good, working relationship with URI," said Roger Francoeur, retired chairman of the executive committee who has helped design the Institute’s programs.
For more information about this or other professional development possibilities, call the URI Special Programs Office at 277-5050.

For Information: Virginia Nardone, 277-5050, Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

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