IRS Issues Final Circular 230 Rules Simplifying Written Advice Requirements

On June 9, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations replacing the “covered opinion” rules under Circular 230. Effective June 12, 2014, the final rules now subject all written federal tax advice to one standard.

From a practical perspective, the most noticeable change tax practitioners (and their clients) will likely appreciate in the short run is the elimination of the need for the ubiquitous Circular 230 disclaimer from written communications, such as the disclaimers that are almost universally appended to e-mails from lawyers and accountants.

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