Preparer Regulation

IRS cannot charge fees for PTINs

The D.C. District Court held that the IRS has the authority to require preparers to use preparer tax identification numbers but that it cannot charge fees for issuing PTINs.

IRS moves for stay of PTIN fee injunction

If granted, the stay would allow the IRS to charge the fees while it decides whether to appeal the district court decision that struck down the fees and, if it does appeal, during the appeal itself.

Disbarred tax preparer not subject to IRS jurisdiction

The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility has no authority or jurisdiction over a disbarred attorney/tax preparer or his tax preparation practice and cannot regulate his provision of tax advice a federal district court in Nevada has held.

Understatement of Income Not Fraudulent

A pattern of fraudulent conduct in a tax accountant’s preparation of his clients’ returns was not sufficient to prove that underpayments on his own returns were due to fraud.

PTIN User Fee Will Be Lowered

The IRS issued regulations lowering the fee for PTINs, effective for the coming filing season, from $50 to $33, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

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2016 Best Article Award

The winners of The Tax Adviser’s 2016 Best Article Award are Edward Schnee, CPA, Ph.D., and W. Eugene Seago, J.D., Ph.D., for their article, “Taxation of Worthless and Abandoned Partnership Interests.”