B-09/07
March 28, 2007

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FTA MOTOR FUEL TAX ENFORCEMENT TRAINING COURSE
July 29 – August 1, 2007
Helena, Montana

Basic Level Training

To State Tax Administrators:

SUMMARY

FTA and the State of Montana, with the participation of state tax agencies and the petroleum industry is offering the Motor Fuel Tax Basic Level Training course for 2007. This basic level course is July 29 – August 1 in Helena, Montana.

This bulletin provides training registration and hotel registration information.  Please note the cut-off date for the hotel reservation and registration is July 6, 2007

FTA and the State of Montana, with the participation of state tax agencies and the petroleum industry, is offering the Motor Fuel Tax Basic Level Training course for 2007. The basic level course will be held July 29 – August 1 in Helena, Montana at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel.

   Instructors will be state employees with expertise in motor fuel audits and investigations.  Representatives of the motor fuel industry will also make presentations to help the participants understand how the fuel distribution system operates.  All participants will receive a comprehensive training manual, reference materials, and a certificate of completion.

Basic Seminar
   The basic seminar is designed for new, mid-level state, federal and industry employees along with investigators with limited experience in motor fuel taxes.  The four-point objective of the three-day course is as follows:

A preliminary program of the basic training seminar is attached.

  All participants will receive a training manual, reference materials, and a certificate of completion. 

Course Registration  
   The registration fee of $495.00 per registrant will cover the expenses of the instructors and miscellaneous expenses. A registration form is enclosed; please complete and mail it, together with your check (made payable to Federation of Tax Administrators) to:

Federation of Tax Administrators
444 N. Capitol Street, NW – Suite 348
Washington, DC 20001

    Faxed registrations will also be accepted at (202) 624-7888. The deadline for submitting registration is July 6, 2007.

Hotel Reservations
     The rate at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel is $97 single/double plus 7% tax per night. Make your reservations directly with the hotel by calling (406) 457-5500.  Make certain to inform them that you will be attending the “Federation of Tax Administrators” to receive the special rate.  Please note that the cut-off date for the hotel reservation is July 6, 2007The hotel’s address is 835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, Montana 59601.

Dress
The dress for the course is business casual.

Transportation
  
The Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to the hotel from the airport.

    If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Anders-Robb.

Sincerely,

Harley T. Duncan
Executive Director

Enclosures: as state


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FTA Motor Fuel Tax Basic Training Course
Helena, Montana
July 29-August 1, 2007

SUNDAY - July 29, 2007

4:00pm - 6:00pm                                    Registration

MONDAY - July 30, 2007

7:00am – 8:30am                        Morning Refreshments

8:30am – 9:00am                        Introduction and Welcome

9:00am – 11:30am                        Motor Fuel Industry Overview
                                                      
Motor Fuel Distribution Systems – Gasoline and Diesel
                                                       Gasoline Market in the United States Today     

11:30am – 1:00pm                        Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 4:30pm                        Overview of State Motor Fuel Taxation
                                                      
Points of Taxation
                                                       Return Preparation
                                                       Rates and Surcharges
                                                       Licensing and Bonding
                                                       Comparing Federal Taxation

                                                     Third Party Information
                                                      
Cooperation with other State and Federal agencies
                                                       Exchange of Information   
                                                       Joint compliance Projects
                                                       Uniformity Efforts

TUESDAY - July 31, 2007

7:00am – 8:30am                        Morning Refreshments

8:30am – 11:30am                        Administration and Compliance
                                                      
Understanding Accounting Systems & Transaction Flow
                                                      
Source Documents                                                                       
                                                       Tracking Transactions and Payments
                                                       Terminal Operations

11:30am – 1:00pm                        Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 4:30pm                        Administration and Compliance (Con’t)
                                                      
Evasion Schemes
                                                       Auditing the Basics

WEDNESDAY - August 1, 2007

7:00am – 8:30am                        Morning Refreshments

8:30am – 11:30am                        Administration and Compliance (Con’t)
                                                      
Auditing the Basics (con’t)
                                                      
Collection Tools – Bonds and etc.

11:30am – 1:00pm                        Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 4:30pm                        Dyed Fuel Program
                                                      
Intent of Dyed Fuel Legislation
                                                       Users of Dyed Fuel
                                                       Compliance Programs
                                                       Field Inspection
                                                       Documentation and Case Preparation

                                                    Preparation for Court
                                                      
Indicators of Evasion
                                                       Civil Audits/Criminal Investigations
                                                       Testifying

                                                       Roundtable/Seminar Wrap-up and Evaluation           

Discuss ways and methods to improve motor fuel tax administration, both industry and tax authority to minimize opportunities for fraud and evasion.  Identify and discuss successes, failures and new ideas.