As the Institute starts to see the light at the end of the proverbial pandemic tunnel, we wanted to share some information about what we’ve been doing to help our members and our chapters get through these trying times.
- In March 2020, we launched the COVID-19 Resource Portal on our website (www.tei.org/news/covid-19-resource-portal). Visited more than 2,500 times so far, it provides a one-stop shop for links to federal and state/provincial government websites addressing COVID-19 tax issues around the world as well as to our sponsors’ COVID-19 information pages.
- Since April 1, 2020, through the Institute’s Zoom account, twenty-four chapters hosted over 1,500 meetings totaling more than 7,083 hours and including 9,500 participants. Additionally, the Institute held more than 230 webinars with 12,000 participants to provide hours of educational content relevant to our members’ daily responsibilities. This doesn’t include the fifty-five Institute-level webinars put on through our sponsors’ virtual programming tools as well as other educational events our chapters held using other tools.
- We hosted our first fully virtual annual conference in October, which included separate tracks specializing in European and Canadian tax issues.
- We welcomed over 500 new members to the Institute. Although they haven’t been able to enjoy all of the great benefits that come with membership, they look forward to the restart of in-person meetings so they can meet and network with their chapter colleagues.
- We hosted the 71st Midyear Conference in March, providing more than fifty hours of online education and offering a separate track in Canadian taxation in addition to US federal, state and local, and international taxation issues.
- In April, our third annual Tax Technology Seminar was hosted virtually in our new learning management system, which will eventually become a library for all of TEI’s online education, providing members easy access to on-demand education and their CPE certificates.
None of this would have been possible without our members, chapter leaders, the Institute Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, or TEI’s professional staff. We thank everyone for your ongoing contributions to keep TEI the vibrant thriving organization it has always been.