Thala practices public accounting from offices in Phoenix and Sun City, Arizona. Her practice concentrates on compliance and tax planning for individuals, trusts, estates, partnerships, and closely held small corporations.
She served on the Internal Revenue Service Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) for three years were she was responsible for providing information used in the tax preparer section of the committee’s 2002 – 2004 Congressional reports. She has testified at the House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business about IRS audits and on the Estate Tax. Thala has participated in round tables at both the Senate Finance Committee and House of Representatives Committee on Small Business regarding small business tax issues. She has also presided over several roundtable discussions at the Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, Washington, DC as a regional Tax Advisory Chair.
Thala has spoken at Phoenix Tax Workshop where she a member of their Advisory Board. She is a past president of Valley Estate Planers and is secretary of The Arizona Forum for the Improvement of Taxation (AFIT) Board. She is Co-tax chair of the National Small Business Network.
She has previously served as the chairperson for the Arizona Society of CPAs Liaison Committees to both the Internal Revenue Service and Arizona Department of Revenue. Thala has also spoken to the Arizona Bar Association on Elder Care issues. In addition, she has served as a panelist on the Internal Revenue Service webcast series, “TaxTalkToday.”
She taught continuing education to CPAs throughout the country for 4 years. During that time, she was responsible for updating the firms Individual and Business Staff Training, Advance Individual Tax Preparation, Alternative Minimum Tax and Estate, Gift and Trust manuals. In addition, she taught Financial and Estate Planning for Over 55 and Under 40 and Business Succession Planning.
Thala received her Bachelor of Accounting Degree, Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Albany. She received her Masters of Taxation from Arizona State University.