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Online Resources

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  • Knowledge Base – Constantly updated and enhanced with troubleshooting help and business strategies and software issues, to the latest tax news. Moderated by Drake employees.
  • State information – Information on reject codes, e-file mandates, addresses, and e-filing explanations and instructions.
  • Viewable EF Database – Real-time status of e-filed returns. Rejected and accepted returns, checks that are available for printing, and multiple reports.
  • Broadcast email – news about Drake updates and happenings in the tax industry.


We're working on the upcoming 2018 Update School Schedule.

Q: Who Should Attend

A: All Users of Drake Software
and All Prospective Users of Drake Software!

Your instructors, Warren Drake & Andrew Poulos, EA, make a dynamic team! They will keep you engaged for the entire session – Warren, whom you know, with his years of experience teaching in this industry, and Andrew, an Enrolled Agent and nationally-recognized tax expert with frequent appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC & Fox News. You do not want to miss this! You will leave equipped for a great Tax Season!

Time is ticking away, so register soon!

Q: Who Should Attend

A: All Users of Drake Software
and All Prospective Users of Drake Software!


Early Registration:*

$179 1st person from your firm

$169 Each additional person

*$199 per person after early-bird deadline

Early Registration must be received at Drake 2 weeks prior to the event.

Includes continental breakfast, breaks, plus lunch!

7:45-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:10 Session: 1

Worker Classification:
Getting it Right the 1st Time
(Earn 2 CPE hours)

Instructor: Andrew Poulos

Classifying workers correctly is problematic for employers and difficult for the IRS to deal with. While some employers abuse the law, others inadvertently misclassify their workers as independent contractors due to misinterpretation of the law or sometimes because of bad advice from tax professionals. Regardless, the IRS has no sympathy when they conduct an examination and discover worker classification issues. Employers who get it wrong may face large tax liabilities including a Trust Fund Penalty, and tax professionals who give bad advice may also face consequences. Now more than ever, worker classification is important due to the new IRC §199A. This presentation will provide information and tax law to help your clients properly classify their workers and assist them if they get audited by the IRS or State Labor Agencies for employment issues. Andrew uses real world case studies to foster dialogue and create a great learning environment for all participants. He has published articles on worker classification, statutory employees, voluntary classification settlement program, and represents employers for federal and state employment audits and investigations.

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10:20-Noon Session: 2

Ethical Dilemmas (Earn 2 CPE hours)

Instructor: Andrew Poulos

Ethical dilemmas are more common than we think. Accounting and tax professionals face various ethical issues while dealing with clients, often without even realizing it. During this presentation we will review a variety of cases with ethical dilemmas and discuss in a group environment the challenges and most appropriate manner to resolve the ethical issues. Unlike traditional ethics seminars, this fun and engaging presentation allows all attendees to be involved and provide their thoughts and suggestions.

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Noon-1:00 Lunch Break featuring a delicious, catered lunch

1:00-5:00 Session: 3

Tax Return Production (Earn 4 CPE hours)

Instructor: Warren Drake

Navigation / Data Entry / Printing Options
e-File / Tips & Tricks / Data Entry Shortcuts
Going Mouseless: Maximized Productivity
Keyboard Shortcuts / Macros


Early Registration:*

$179 1st person from your firm

$169 Each additional person

*$199 per person after early-bird deadline

Early Registration must be received at Drake 2 weeks prior to the event.

Includes continental breakfast, breaks, plus lunch!

7:45-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

All The Rest! 8:30-5:00pm (Earn up to 8CPE Hours)

8:30-Noon Session: 1

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017: Changes in the Tax Code (Earn 4 CPE hours)

Instructor: Andrew Poulos

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has brought major changes to the tax code. While the individual income tax changes might create simplicity for millions of taxpayers, the business income tax changes are far from simple. Andrew will present a wide array of tax law changes effective January 2018 that will impact everyone from wage earners, homeowners, small businesses, and freelancers, among others. The presentation will provide tax law and case studies on individual tax changes, and the new IRC §199A and §1400Z. IRC §199A created the 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction from which small business owners and self-employed can benefit. IRC §1400Z, brought about the Opportunity Zone Fund, a recommendation that Andrew made to Congress in his 11-page tax reform proposal, will revitalize inner cities and poor communities, and will impact real estate investors, realtors, and contractors. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought about the biggest tax reform in nearly 50 years, and this exciting presentation will provide the information you need to assist your clients during the 2019 filing season.

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Noon-1:00 Lunch Break featuring a delicious, catered lunch

1:00-5:00 Session: 2

Drake Software Update
& Tools
(Earn 4 CPE hours)

Instructor: Warren Drake

IRS Security Summit Update / Software Changes / Setup / Options
Paperless? / eSignature Options / Portals

2018 Drake Software Regional Update School

Course Description: Course Description: The Drake Software Regional Update School provides the latest software and industry information while enabling Drake clients to network with other tax professionals. This school has 5 unique courses:

Day 1 – Worker Classification: Getting it Right the 1st Time – 2 CPE credits – Ethics Dilemmas – Regulatory Ethics – 2 CPE credits – Instructor: Andrew Poulos, EA, ABA, ATP; A Day In The Life: Tax Return Production – 4 CPE credits – Instructor: Warren Drake. Upon completion of Day 1, participants will:

• Know the intricacies of how to properly classify workers and make the appropriate recommendations to their clients.
• Gain insight through the discussion of various ethical dilemmas and learn where to access additional resources.
• Be able to utilize Drake data entry techniques for more effective software operation and workflow management.
• Better understand the overall tax preparation process using Drake Software, improving productivity and efficiency.

Day 2: 2017 Federal Tax Law Updates 4 CPE credits – Instructor: Andrew Poulos and Drake Software Updates/Tools – 4 CPE credits Instructor: Warren Drake. Upon completion of Day 2, participants will be able to do the following:

• Identify tax law revisions for the upcoming tax season.
• Recognize and employ new features in Drake Software.
• Understand important software changes and news that affect their practice.
• Discuss practice management topics that apply to the tax preparation profession.

CPE Facts: These courses deliver CPE in multiple fields of study. See the chart below for specific CPE awarded for each course of this school. CPE is awarded based on your individual professional designation:

• NASBA – (CPAs) receive up to a total of 16 hours of CPE including 8 hours of Specialized Knowledge and Applications (SK & A), 2 hours of Ethics and 6 hours of Taxes.

• IRS – (EAs and PTIN Holders) receive up to a total of 16 hours of CPE including 10 hours of federal tax topics, 2 hours of Ethics, and 4 hours of Tax Update.

*SK&A is the “Specialized Knowledge and Applications” field of study approved by NASBA

Course Level: Update

Latest Revisions: Fall 2018

Course. Expiration: January 15, 2019

Prerequisites: This course is structured for Drake Software users. The only prerequisite is the desire to develop a working knowledge of how to use Drake Software in preparing tax returns. No advanced preparation is necessary.

Course Policies: Refund requests must be sent in writing to Drake Ventures via mail, fax, or e-mail. Refunds will not be granted by phone. Drake will make a full refund for any request received 10 business days or more before the scheduled start of any school. Any cancellation received 5-9 business days prior to start will receive a 50% refund. No refunds on cancellations less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled start of a school. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather unless the school is canceled by Drake. Videos cannot be substituted for a school cancellation. For more information regarding the refund policy, administrative policies, and complaint resolution, please contact our office at (828) 349-9669 or email .

Drake Ventures is an IRS-qualified sponsor of continuing professional education for Enrolled Agents and Registered Tax Return Preparers.

Drake Ventures is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Meet Our Instructors:

Warren Drake President of Drake Ventures, Inc.


Warren Drake President of Drake Ventures, Inc.
Lead Program Writer / Instructor

Warren Drake has been in the middle of the tax industry for over 35 years. As a young man starting out in his career, Warren worked in his father’s tax practice where he learned the complexity of the tax code, processing thousands of returns before the advent of computers.

In 1977, Phil Drake (Warren’s brother) started writing code for a tax software program in an attempt to automate the tax business for their father. Warren quickly became involved in writing computer code as well, and at the beginning of the computer age, we find the beginnings of one of the most successful Tax Software companies in the country, Drake Software.

Over the past 35 years, Warren has participated in the development of the software and the development of the content for much of the instructional material for Drake Software tax professionals. Warren has been the company’s lead instructor, conducting live classroom training, sales presentations and presiding over the annual Update School to inform Drake Software clients about upcoming changes in the tax software and the Tax code for the coming year.

As the exclusive dealer for Drake Software in TN, KY and OH, Warren is a very successful entrepreneur who has taken the same standard of excellence in instruction to his customers. He knows the tax industry and his customers appreciate his tireless dedication to communicating the intricacies of the professional tax practice from substance to practical application.

Warren lives in Franklin, NC with his wife Ronda. They share a love for family, music and the mountains. Warren and Ronda are actively involved in the music business not only as performers, but in the role as producers of music videos, nurturing talented individuals and groups in their state of the art recording studio.

Andrew Poulos EA, ABA, ATP


Andrew G. Poulos EA, ABA, ATP

Andrew G. Poulos, EA, principal of Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga, works with small businesses and individuals to lower their tax liabilities and represents clients before the IRS for tax controversies.

Andrew has been an adjunct professor for University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Auburn University. He is a contributing author for AccountingWEB, CPA Practice Advisor, Promotional Products Association International, founding tax editor for, and current tax editor for Consumer Affairs. Andrew has been a speaker for the National Society of Accountants, National Association of Tax Professionals and various other organizations.

Andrew served on the National Society of Accountants (NSA) Subject Matter Expert Panel and was involved in developing the Accredited Tax Preparer Exam (ATP). He has been appointed to NSA’s Accredited Tax Advisor Cutscore panel and was one of the committee judges for the Accredited Tax Advisor Exam.

As a nationally recognized tax expert, Andrew frequently appears on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News. He has published tax articles in over a dozen accounting and CPA journals, and has been referenced as an expert in TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today, among others.

In 2011, Andrew was featured in Georgia State University’s School of Accountancy inaugural newsletter as one of the University’s successful alumni. He has also been featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Main Street Practitioner. Andrew has served as a director on the board of the Georgia State University School of Accountancy, and as a mentor for the GSU Robinson College of Business Honors Mentorship program.

Andrew is the Founder of Poulos Children’s Cancer Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 charity, and author of the QuickBooks Ultimate Lesson Guide© DVD, a 16-hour training course teaching the fundamentals of QuickBooks. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and real estate from Georgia State University in 1994.

2018 Update School Tour

Cities and Dates

These locations are wonderful venues. All of the hotels have rooms just for you at special rates.
Call each hotel directly for room reservations and ask for the Drake Software rate.


Cleveland, OH

Mon. & Tues. - Nov. 5 & 6

Holiday Inn Cleveland South

6001 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 524-8050

Columbus, OH

Wed. & Thurs. - Nov. 7 & 8

Crowne Plaza Columbus -
Dublin, Ohio

600 Metro Place North
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 764-2200

Cincinnati, OH

Fri. & Sat. - Nov. 9 & 10

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

668 W 5th St
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-1200

Toledo, OH

Mon. & Tues. - Nov. 12 & 13

Holiday Inn French Quarter

10630 Fremont Pike
Perrysburg, OH 43551
(419) 874-3111

Nashville, TN

Thurs. & Fri. - Nov. 15 & 16

One Century Place

26 Century Blvd
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 883-9770

Saint Louis, MO

Mon. & Tues. - Nov. 26 & 27

Holiday Inn St. Louis SW

10709 Watson Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63127
(314) 821-6600

Branson, MO

Wed. & Thurs. - Nov. 28 & 29

Chateau on the Lake

415 N State Hwy 265
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 334-1161

Kansas City, MO

Fri. & Sat. - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park-West

8787 Reeder Road
Overland Park, KS 66214
(913) 888-8440


Wichita, KS

Mon. & Tues. - Dec. 3 & 4

Holiday Inn Wichita East 1-35

549 S Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67207
(316) 686-7131

Tulsa, OK

Wed. & Thurs. - Dec. 5 & 6

Crowne Plaza Tulsa -
Southern Hills

7902 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136
(918) 492-5000

Little Rock, AR

Fri. & Sat. - Dec. 7 & 8

Crowne Plaza Little Rock

201 South Shackleford
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 223-3000

Oklahoma City, OK

Mon. & Tues. - Dec. 10 & 11

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
OKC North

6200 N Robinson Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 286-4777

Memphis, TN

Thurs. & Fri. - Dec. 13 & 14

Holiday Inn University
of Memphis

3700 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 678-8200

Pigeon Forge, TN

Mon. & Tues. - Dec. 17 & 18

Smoky Mountain
Convention Center

4010 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 453-1823

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