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 and present real-world scenarios focusing on specific ethical issues preparers may encounter. The preparer will be asked to analyze the scenario, identify the ethical issue or issues presented and determine an appropriate response.
Online Course Materials
This is a fully online materials course that does NOT require the separate purchase of a book.
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FunCPE Course #: PWX9021
Materials: Online materials
Format: Interactive self-study
Exam questions: Final-10 multiple choice
Document length: 36 pages
Passing score: 70% | Unlimited retakes
Advance prep: None
Course level: Overview
Last reviewed/updated: 01/13/21
Expiration: One year from enrollment
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Recognize the permitted scope of tax return preparer responsibilities;
- Identify the best practices for tax advisors 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.