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IRS announces changes to Preparer Tax Identification Number user fees

IRS announces changes to Preparer Tax Identification Number user fees

T.D. 9742, 10/29/2015; Reg. § 300.13, Reg. § 300.13T; Preamble to Prop Reg10/29/2015 ; Prop Reg § 300.13; IR 2015-123 In a temporary reg, IRS has announced changes, effective for applications filed on or after Nov. 1, 2015, in the fees for applying for and renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs). The text of the […]

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Washington Alert – Federal Reserves Increase; New Identity Protection PIN in some States; Return Preparer Fraud and Identity Theft

Washington Alert – Federal Reserves Increase; New Identity Protection PIN in some States; Return Preparer Fraud and Identity Theft

Federal revenues in fiscal year 2015 will be an estimated 17.7% of gross domestic product (GDP) compared to 17.5% in FY 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on Jan. 26. (The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025) In 2016, if current laws generally remain unchanged, federal revenues will hit 18.4% of GDP “because […]

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New York regulates tax preparers as U.S. IRS effort drifts

New York regulates tax preparers as U.S. IRS effort drifts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York became the fourth U.S. state to regulate unlicensed tax return preparers, at a time when consumer advocates are pushing for more state oversight as a federal crackdown stalled. Nearly 80 million Americans pay someone to prepare their tax returns. While most of this work goes smoothly, some does not. Tax […]

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Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Mississippi Tax Return Preparer for Alledgedly Overstating Tax Refunds

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Mississippi Tax Return Preparer for Alledgedly Overstating Tax Refunds

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Mississippi Tax Return Preparer for Allegedly Overstating Tax Refunds, the United States has requested that the federal district court in Jackson, Miss., permanently bar Danee Aikens from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced. According to the complaint, […]

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Justice Department Sues to Stop Maui, Hawaii Tax Return Preparer

Justice Department Sues to Stop Maui, Hawaii Tax Return Preparer

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Justice Department Sues to Stop Maui, Hawaii Tax Return Preparer, Kahului Return Preparer Allegedly Overstated Refunds Through Fabricated and Inflated Deductions and Credits. The United States filed a civil complaint asking a federal court in Honolulu to enjoin James A. Ericson from preparing federal tax returns for others, […]

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SEC Charges Accountant for Madoff Clients for Role in Creating False Books and Records

SEC Charges Accountant for Madoff Clients for Role in Creating False Books and Records

SEC Charges Accountant for Madoff Clients for Role in Creating False Books and Records. 2013-202. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the longtime accountant for many of Bernard Madoff’s oldest and wealthiest clients for his role in the creation of false books and records used in the massive Ponzi scheme. The SEC alleges that Paul […]

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California Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Refund Conspiracy

California Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Refund Conspiracy

As reported by the US DOJ, Masood Chotani, a CPA and tax return preparer from Los Angeles County, Calif., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On June 23, 2010, Chotani was indicted by a federal grand jury in Riverside, Calif., on charges […]

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IRS Tax Tip: Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

IRS Tax Tip: Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

Many members of the military are able to get their tax returns prepared for free on or off most military bases including overseas locations. The U.S. Armed Forces participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS. VITA provides free tax advice, tax preparation, tax return filing and other tax help to […]

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PTIN System Now Open

PTIN System Now Open

On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. In accordance with this order, tax return preparers covered by this program are not required to complete competency testing or secure continuing education. The ruling does not affect the regulatory practice requirements for CPAs, attorneys, enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents or enrolled actuaries.

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IRS Statement on Court Ruling Relating to Tax Preparers

IRS Statement on Court Ruling Relating to Tax Preparers

The IRS, in response to the decision in Loving v. IRS, issued the following statement on January 18, 2013. As of Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has enjoined the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. In accordance with this […]

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Ramona Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Murder-For-Hire, Witness Tampering, Filing False Tax Returns with the IRS, Identity Theft, Money Laundering, and Fraud

Ramona Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Murder-For-Hire, Witness Tampering, Filing False Tax Returns with the IRS, Identity Theft, Money Laundering, and Fraud

As reported in the news by the DOJ, Steven Martinez, a tax preparer and former Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), pled guilty today in federal court in San Diego to criminal charges including murder-for-hire, witness tampering involving attempted murder, solicitation of a crime of violence, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, Social […]

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Tax Preparer Sentenced to18 Months in Custody for Falsifying 283 Tax Returns, Costing the Government $1 Million

Tax Preparer Sentenced to18 Months in Custody for Falsifying 283 Tax Returns, Costing the Government $1 Million

As reported in the news by the DOJ, John Leonard Camilo was sentenced to serve 18 months in custody by United States District Judge Larry A. Burns. According to court records, in early 2004, Camilo began preparing and filing United States Federal Income Tax Returns for his friends, associates and acquaintances (the “taxpayers”). When filing […]

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Test-taking anxiety looms for U.S. tax return preparers

Test-taking anxiety looms for U.S. tax return preparers

Per the news (Reuters) – These are testing times for tax preparers.  About 340,000 preparers must pass IRS test; Stress may squeeze out elderly preparers; and Dec. 31, 2013 deadline for passing exam.  We previously blogged on this in “Over 36,000 California tax preparers must take competency test per IRS“and in “Tax Return Preparers Beware: […]

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IRS Employees Did Not Follow Guidelines on Contacting Taxpayers with Representatives, TIGTA Report Finds

IRS Employees Did Not Follow Guidelines on Contacting Taxpayers with Representatives, TIGTA Report Finds

WASHINGTON – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revenue officers did not always involve taxpayers’ representatives appropriately in taxpayer interactions during the collection process, according to a report publicly released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS has a number of policies and procedures in place to help ensure that taxpayers are afforded […]

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Federal Court Shuts Down Florida Tax Return Preparers

Federal Court Shuts Down Florida Tax Return Preparers

In another in a long line of cases won by the Government, the Department of Justice announced that a “Federal Court Shuts Dow.Florida Tax Return Preparers.”  Here’s the announcement. A federal court in Miami has permanently barred Sharon Angulo and Claudia Zuloaga, both of Miami, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department […]

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Over 36,000 California tax preparers must take competency test per IRS

Over 36,000 California tax preparers must take competency test per IRS

In an article by Jan Norman, OC Register, it was reported that “[M]ore than 36,000 of California tax preparers must take a competency exam by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to continue preparing tax returns for pay, according to the Internal Revenue service. Almost 100,000 tax preparers in the state have completed mandatory registration.” So […]

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BDO Seidman to Pay $50 Million in Deferred Prosecution

BDO Seidman to Pay $50 Million in Deferred Prosecution

Accounting firm BDO USA LLP said it will pay $50 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the government while admitting it helped U.S. citizens evade about $1.3 billion in income taxes from 1997 to 2003 as reported on June 13, by Bloomberg.  The announcement was also reported in AccountingToday.com, among other news […]

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Mitigation provisions didn’t allow a taxpayer an NOL discovered on audit Chief Counsel Advice 201208027

Mitigation provisions didn’t allow a taxpayer an NOL discovered on audit Chief Counsel Advice 201208027

Mitigation provisions didn’t allow a taxpayer an NOL discovered on audit Chief Counsel Advice 201208027 In Chief Counsel Advice (CCA), IRS has concluded that the mitigation provisions under Code Sec. 1311 through Code Sec. 1314 didn’t allow a barred refund after an audit resulted in an increased net operating loss (NOL) that was properly carried […]

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IRS News: Revised FAQs explain who needs a PTIN and who must be a registered tax return preparer

IRS News:  Revised FAQs explain who needs a PTIN and who must be a registered tax return preparer

IRS Website:  Updated FAQs on PTINs; Updated FAQs on Preparer Credentials IRS has updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on who needs to obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) to prepare a return, and the credentials needed by various types of return preparers, including the new designation of registered tax return preparer (RTRP). The […]

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IRS Tax Tip: Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

IRS Tax Tip:  Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families

Free Tax Help for Military Personnel and Their Families Free tax return preparation assistance is available for eligible military members and their spouses. The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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