It's probably worth pointing out that the one and only weekly IFPA event in Kentucky (run by @h_flex) is a direct result of the Seattle events.
In 2015, Kentucky had, I believe, 3 IFPA ranked tournaments -- LAX Main, LAX Classics, and the Pre-LAX tournament. There was occasional buzz about the local league becoming a ranked event, but awareness of the IFPA was low enough that the league organizers frequently confused WPPRs and PAPA Circuit points, and perceived the registration process as more hassle than it was worth.
A few months after I moved to Seattle, I think @h_flex finally had enough of my incessant gloating, and started the work of growing the competitive pinball scene in Louisville. He took on the hassle of convincing the existing weekly tournament that IFPA registration was worthwhile, and started running additional monthly tournaments. This has managed to introduce a ton of new players to competitive pinball.
I think if the IFPA managed to make this change while reducing TD overhead elsewhere, it would see a far warmer reception, but as it stands, the calendar registration process already discourages new events.
I wanna see this thing become even more viral than it is today -- not an old boys' club.
Also concerning is that TDs are effectively being left to fend for themselves on the tax liability situation. Who owes what to whom? Most TDs aren't CPAs. Many TDs can't afford CPAs.