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IRS Update MACE CPE Seminar October 18, 2012 Richard G. Furlong, Jr. Senior Stakeholder Liaison 215-861-1551

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1 IRS Update MACE CPE Seminar October 18, 2012 Richard G. Furlong, Jr. Senior Stakeholder Liaison

2 Amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers not paid on time Tax gap estimates for 2006 – $450B, gross tax gap – 83.1%, compliance rate – 56%, Net misreporting rate on amounts not subject to information reporting The Tax Gap

3 Reducing opportunities for evasion Making a commitment to tax gap research Improve information technology Improving compliance activities Enhancing taxpayer service Reforming & simplifying tax law Coordinating with partners and stakeholders Reducing the Tax Gap

4 Return Preparer Initiative Launched on June 4, 2009 – Mandatory registration and use of a PTIN – Competency testing – Continued education – Public database E-News for Tax Professionals

5 Registered Tax Return Preparer Beginning in 2014, only RTRPs, EAs, CPAs and attorneys are authorized to prepare individual income tax returns for compensation RTRP credentials given to preparers having a current PTIN and who pass: – Competency test – Tax compliance check

6 Circular 230 governs CPAs, EAs or attorneys granted full rights – Prepare and file tax returns – Represent taxpayer before Appeals, Collection and Counsel – Execute closing agreements, extensions, waivers, claims for refunds – Signing documents on behalf of taxpayer Right to Practice Before the IRS

7 RTRPs, granted limited rights – May represent taxpayer before IRS employees during examination if RTRP signed tax return or claim for refund – May not represent taxpayer before Appeals, Collections, or Counsel

8 Right to Practice Before the IRS Supervised preparers may not – Sign returns – Identify themselves as RTRPs – Represent taxpayers before the IRS in any capacity

9 Phases of New Rules for Preparers Phase 1 PTIN Registration Phase 1 PTIN Registration Phase 2 Competency Test Phase 2 Competency Test Phase 3 Continuing Ed Requirements Phase 3 Continuing Ed Requirements Phase 4 Compliance & Enforcement Phase 4 Compliance & Enforcement  Must register annually  Must renew PTIN  PTIN valid calendar year  Since 01/01/11, must use PTIN on return; not SSN.  Must register annually  Must renew PTIN  PTIN valid calendar year  Since 01/01/11, must use PTIN on return; not SSN.  IRS urging preparers to test now (RTRP or EA)  Schedule using PTIN Account  Topics: tax law and Form 1040 prep  IRS urging preparers to test now (RTRP or EA)  Schedule using PTIN Account  Topics: tax law and Form 1040 prep  New starting 2012 for RTRPs and RTRP candidates  15-hours for RTRP candidates annually  CE hours from authorized providers only  New starting 2012 for RTRPs and RTRP candidates  15-hours for RTRP candidates annually  CE hours from authorized providers only  Tax Compliance Check for all  Compliance letters and visits  Identifying those not in compliance  2014: Only certain authorized preparers can do 1040 prep.  Tax Compliance Check for all  Compliance letters and visits  Identifying those not in compliance  2014: Only certain authorized preparers can do 1040 prep

10 Overview of Return Preparer Requirements CategoryPTIN Tax Compliance Check IRS Test Continuing Education Practice Rights Enrolled Agents Yes Yes (SEE) 72 hrs / 3 yrsUnlimited Registered Tax Return Preparers Yes Yes (RTRP) 15 hrs yrLimited CPAs Yes NoVariesUnlimited Attorneys Yes NoVariesUnlimited Supervised Preparers Yes No Limited Non-1040 Preparers Yes No Limited

11 Changes to Form 2848, Power of Attorney Joint returns Copies of notices and communications Acts authorized Representative designations Future developments

12 IRS Notices and Letters AUR/CP 2000 Notice – Identifies discrepancy between income/payment IRS has on file and reported on Form 1040 – Typically gives taxpayer 30 days to provide supporting documentation or agree with proposed adjustment

13 CP14, Balance Due, No Math Error CP501, Reminder Notice, Balance Due CP503, Reminder Notice, Balance Due CP504, Urgent Notice, Balance Due Collection Letters

14 Injured spouse Innocent spouse – Files MFJ – Seeks relief from liability Injured Spouse vs. Innocent Spouse

15 Response to FMS Notice Financial Management Service administers the Treasury Offset Program Tax Refund or overpayment may be reduced by FMS to pay: – Past due child support – Delinquent student loans – State income tax obligations – Unemployment compensation debt

16 Injured Spouse Claims - Filing Non-obligated spouse must File Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation to request his/her share of refund – Before offset occurs: Attach F8379 to paper return and write “Injured Spouse” on top left corner – After offset occurs: File stand alone Form 8371 including both spouse’s SSN

17 No. 1 consumer complaint reported to FTC for past 12 years Top priority for IRS IRS identity theft strategy focus: – Prevention and detection – Protection – Victim assistance Identity Theft

18 Protecting Taxpayers’ IRS Records If fraudulent use of SSN is suspected: Notify IRS immediately Contact IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at Complete Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit Take protective actions

19 Protect Records and Minimize Risk Taxpayers: – Never provide personal information via phone, mail, or online – Shred or destroy unwanted documents – Update anti-virus software on home PC Tax Practitioners: – Safeguard clients personal information – Warn clients about “from IRS” – Advise clients to check credit reports and financial records

20 IRS is Taking Action Identity Protection Specialized Unit – Central point for ID theft victims – Individual assistance Developed filters to stop first-time perpetrators Use of IP PIN Nationwide sweeps

21 Penalty relief - individual taxpayers Installment agreements – Streamlined definition expanded – Includes some business taxes Offers in compromise – streamlined definition expanded Collection Update – Fresh Start

22 Installment Agreements Expanded Fresh Start provisions mean more taxpayers can use streamlined installment agreements – IA threshold without financial statement increased to $50,000 – Taxpayers owing up to $50,000 in back taxes, maximum term raised to 72 months

23 Offers In Compromise – Fresh Start Expanding the Streamlined OIC process Adding flexibility Revising financial analysis procedures Revising allowable living expenses

24 The 2012 re-engineered TDS has increased capacity and improved look and feel Types of Transcripts – Account – Return – Record of account – Wage and income documents – Verification of non-filing Transcript Delivery System

25 e-services Secure Mailbox

26 Practitioner Priority Service New service for Campus Correspondence Examination E-help Desk – Helps with all online issues IRS Practitioner Hotlines

27 Tax exempt and government entities – Exempt organizations – Retirement plan administrators – Government entities Employment tax – Business returns or accounts Other IRS Hotlines

28 Available to any filer of information returns Required of businesses filing 250 or more information returns for any calendar year Requirements for filing with FIRE – Purchase third party software – Apply with IRS – Form 4419 – Establish FIRE account Filing Information Returns Electronically Program

29 Provides guidance to IRS employees and useful to businesses and tax professionals New ATGs for 2012: – Art galleries – Continuation of employee healthcare coverage – Interest charge domestic international sales corporation return Audit Technique Guides

30 1120S Officers’ Compensation Continued compliance issue Situations where zero or very small wages paid to, officer yet significant distributable income Officer performs significant services Employment taxes reduced or eliminated New case: Watson


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