Preparer Regulation

PTIN Renewal System Reopens

Two weeks after the end of the government shutdown, the IRS reopened its registration system for renewing preparer tax identification numbers (PTINs) for the 2014 filing season.

PTIN Information Release Concerns Aired

The AICPA has expressed concerns to the IRS about the IRS’s public release of information of CPAs and other federal tax return preparers the IRS collects as part of its PTIN registration requirement.

PTIN Fees Are Valid, Federal Court Holds

The Eleventh Circuit held that the fee the IRS charges to issue PTINs to tax return preparers, who are required to use the PTINs on returns they prepare, is valid

EITC Due-Diligence Final Regs. Issued

The IRS issued final regulations governing the due-diligence requirements imposed on tax return preparers who prepare tax returns on which taxpayers claim the earned income tax credit.

PTIN System Continues to Accept 2011 Renewals

The IRS online system to apply for a PTIN is back up and running after a two-week hiatus for maintenance. The system is continuing to accept 2011 PTIN renewals even though the renewal deadline has passed.

2010–2011 Revisions to Circular 230

This article focuses primarily on the Circular 230 tax preparer penalties and other sanctions as well as the regulations governing practice before the IRS that were revised by T.D. 9527.

Newsletter Articles

TAX REFORM

Traps for the unwary: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes

By now many of us are familiar with the various provisions of the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97. Here is a list of changes together with (perhaps) unexpected nuances.

DEDUCTIONS

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

The package includes final regulations, guidance on how to calculate W-2 wages, a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses, and new proposed rules on the treatment of previously suspended losses.