Laurie Ziegler, owner of Sass Accounting in Saukville, has
received the Excellence in Public Awareness Award from the National
Association of Enrolled Agents.
the recognition for her outstanding effort in the association’s
number-one strategic goal area: making enrolled agents more readily
recognized nationally, regionally and locally as America’s tax
experts, according to a news release.
served frequently as a spokesperson on tax issues for the
organization. Among the many media outlets that interviewed her
during the past tax season were Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S.
News & World Report, Accounting Today, Tax Pro Today, Tax Notes
Today, Reuters News Service and Forbes. Ziegler was also
instrumental in having the first week of February 2016 proclaimed
“Enrolled Agent Week” by Gov. Scott Walker, the news release added.
The 2016 NAEA
Annual Awards were presented Aug. 3, the closing night of the NAEA
National Conference in Las Vegas. Each year the association
recognizes outstanding volunteers whose generous donations of time
and effort have a significant positive impact on the organization
and the profession.
Ziegler is past
president of the Wisconsin Society of Enrolled Agents and served two
terms as the secretary/treasurer of the national board of directors.
In 2007, she became a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute.
After passing a
stringent four-part exam on taxation in 2003, Ziegler earned the
enrolled agent license, a credential awarded by the U.S. Department
of the Treasury and overseen by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
To maintain her license, she must complete annual continuing
education in order to remain current with the constantly changing
tax laws. Enrolled agents have earned the privilege of representing
taxpayers before the IRS, according to the news release.