Tax Return Preparer Ethical Issues 2020

  • Credits: 2
  • Format: Self-Study eBook
  • Field of Study: Federal Tax Ethics
  • Author/ Speaker: Paul J. Winn, CLU, ChFC

Course ID: Advanced Preparation: Experience Level:
EWTFM-E-01521-20-S None Overview
Published Date: Program Prerequisites: Other Course Formats:
© Jan 2020 Basic Understanding of Ethics eBook | Self-Study

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Internal Revenue Service routinely processes more than 200 million tax returns each year, many of them prepared by tax professionals. Not surprisingly, as tax law becomes increasingly complex, taxpayers often seek for the knowledgeable assistance of attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents and other qualified tax return preparers.

To help ensure such professionals understand their ethical responsibilities in representing their clients before the IRS and in preparing their tax returns, the IRS has published Treasury Department Circular No. 230. Circular 230 offers substantial guidance by:

  • Setting forth rules relating to the authority to practice before the IRS;
  • Identifying the duties and restrictions relating to practice before the IRS; and
  • Prescribing sanctions for violating the regulations.

This course will examine many of those rules, duties and restrictions as well as the sanctions imposed for their violation. In that examination of applicable rules, the course will discuss the requirements imposed on tax return preparers by them and will then present real-world scenarios focusing on specific ethical issues preparers may encounter in their professional activities. The preparer will be asked to analyze the scenario, identify the ethical issue or issues presented and determine an appropriate response.

Learning Objectives:

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the permitted scope of tax return preparer responsibilities;
    • Identify the best practices for tax advisers in preparing or assisting in the preparation of a submission to the Internal Revenue Service;
    • List practitioner duties and restrictions with respect to:

Information to be furnished to the IRS,

The practice of law,

Dealing with taxpayer omissions, errors and noncompliance with U.S. revenue laws,

The requirement for preparer diligence as to accuracy,

Return of client records,

The existence of conflicts of interest, and

Solicitation of business; and

  • List the various sanctions that may be imposed for a preparer’s failure to comply with applicable conduct rules.

Who Should Attend:

  • All Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)
  • Enrolled Agents (EAs)
  • Tax Return Preparers (TRPs)

Qualifies and Approved with All State Boards of Accountancy and the following sponsorship’s:

NASBA
IRS