Laurie Ziegler, owner of Sass Accounting, achieves national recognition

News Graphic Staff

August 16, 2016

SAUKVILLE — Laurie Ziegler, owner of Sass Accounting in Saukville, has received the Excellence in Public Awareness Award from the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Ziegler received 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.

Ziegler has 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.