I’m getting ready for the 2016 IFTA/IRP Audit Workshop in Las Vegas next week. I’ve been to most of these events over the past 20 years, and while some are better, more relevant, and yes, even more exciting than others, I always leave knowing more about the audit process than I did when I got there.

This year’s workshop focuses on perhaps the biggest shift we’ll experience as fleet tax professionals: the move from manual to electronic records, and how it will change the way distance and fuel are reported and incorporated into IFTA/IRP audit plans.

The IFTA and IRP tax collection programs require the cooperation of all jurisdiction members and industry to be successful. Audit is the backbone of these programs, and these sessions go a long way toward ensuring that taxes are calculated, collected, and administered fairly on behalf of both industry and member jurisdictions.

The meetings, which run from Feb. 9-11, consist of plenary sessions mixed with breakouts to smaller groups where specific topics are covered. There’s a lot of time for questions and the discussions are incredibly interesting. If you’re dealing with a complicated issue or want to know more about your job function, these sessions are a fabulous opportunity to learn about why you do what you do and how to do it better.

Take a look at the agenda. Do you have questions about the topics being covered? Do you want to know more about how fleets and auditors should manage electronic records? The theme of the workshop is “That Was Then, This is Now!” There’s no better time to make your voice heard. If there’s something you want me ask, let me know.

Stay tuned to our blog and our series on the importance of the organizations and people who make these programs work for you! We’ll provide daily summaries from the workshop, so keep watching!