Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Society of Tax Professionals is as follows:

  1. To provide continuing education opportunities for those engaged in tax practice.
  2. To develop cooperation among it’s members and advance their common interest through exchange of information and encouragement of high standards of service to the public.
  3. To develop operating efficiency.
  4. To render mutual aid and assistance to its members.


The American Society of Tax Professionals was founded in May of 1987 by:

  • Gerry Besh of Illinois
  • Maxine Buskohl of South Dakota
  • Charles Casey of Nebraska
  • Jean Grovenberg of South Dakota
  • Richard Hunt of Maine
  • Jeannie Oldfield of Illinois
  • Ron Poarch of Washington
  • Carolyn Spradlin of Florida