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Let's Go Phishing!

Emails, lots and lots of emails, filling our inboxes. Even with the best security and filters, it seems that hackers are simply building better mousetraps. The bigger problem, however, is the trusting nature of individuals...more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

[Webinar] Fiduciary Income Tax Refresher and Update - February 7th, 12:00pm CT

In the webinar the presenters will discuss tax-savings tools that can be used between now and March 6 when preparing 2016 returns. The presenters will provide a top-ten list of planning tips to help attendees save income tax...more

IRS Warns Tax Professionals to Be Alert About New Email Scam As 2016 Filing Season Begins

The Internal Revenue Service has warned tax professionals, as the 2016 filing season begins, to be alert to a new email scam by cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. The scam is a variation of a...more

2016 New York Tax Update: Highlights and Lowlights

There wasn’t much in the way of substantive New York tax changes in the 2017 budget bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed in April. Or at least wasn’t much in the way of changes that affect the day-to-day practices of the...more

Privacy Tip #51 – Check Up on Your Tax Preparer’s Data Security Measures

We have written before about the ability of hackers to file false tax returns to get fraudulent refunds by using the IRS website, and how hundreds of thousands of Americans have become victims of tax fraud. The IRS...more

IRS approved tax preparers fail to protect consumers’ privacy and IRS increases the number of individuals affected by filing of...

In a report of an audit of 13 IRS approved tax filing firms, Online Trust Alliance found that six of the 13 firms do not provide adequate security against cyberintrusions. The firms, all members of the IRS’s Free File...more

The SEC is focusing its enforcement and investigation efforts on preparers and auditors of financial statements, Mary Jo White...

In a recent address, SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the SEC had focused its reinvigorated investigation and enforcement efforts on holding preparers and auditors accountable for their work on financial statements. She...more

IRS Begins Campaign to Encourage Taxpayers to Protect Personal Information

As we recently reported, on October 20, the IRS announced the implementation of new measures developed in collaboration with state taxing authorities and tax industry leaders to prevent identity theft in refund fraud. On...more

Power of Attorney Holder Cannot Sign for Another

Tax practitioners are familiar with Form 2848. With that form, a taxpayer authorizes an attorney, accountant, or other authorized representative to act as attorney-in-fact for the taxpayer as to the specified tax matter in...more

MassTaxConnect: Massachusetts Business Taxpayers and Tax Professionals Await Rollout of New Secure Website on November 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) released a training video about MassTaxConnect, the new secure website for tax administration in Massachusetts, on September 18, 2015. MassTaxConnect is scheduled for a rollout...more

Choosing the “Right” Income Tax Return Preparer

The IRS audits about one taxpayer in ten who reports more than $1 million in income. Many of these taxpayers are at the height of their careers and cannot endure even a whiff of scandal. They need peace of mind so they can...more

Focus: PI Insurance – Conformity Certification – New Rules

Many undertakings operating in the professional indemnity insurance sector traditionally offer policies covering the civil liability of certified chartered accountants and bookkeepers arising from the issue of conformity...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment On Overtime Claims For Class of Tax Professionals

Relatively few FLSA cases are certified and then reach a court of appeals on the merits, but that recently happened before the Eight Circuit. In Petroski v. H&R Block Enterprises, LLC, Case No. 13-2076 (8th Cir. May 2, 2014),...more

IRS Regulation Of Tax Return Preparers Is Dead (For Now)

In 2011, the IRS sought to regulate tax return preparers, and issued regulations that required “registered tax return preparers” to pass a competency test, a tax compliance check, and a suitability check. They would also have...more

Updated E-Filing Requirements for Tax Preparers

In the IRS's point of view, preventing fraud and abuse of the electronic filing system is the shared responsibility of both the IRS and authorized e-file providers. In an effort to stop the fraud, abuse, and resulting...more

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 2

On Friday, we posted a review here of sentences imposed on defendants in 2014 for Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, and Employment Tax crimes. In this post, we review sentences imposed on defendants in cases involving False...more

DC Circuit Upholds Ruling That IRS Cannot Regulate Tax-return Preparers

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Internal Revenue Service did not have the statutory authority to regulate tax-return preparers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 8

In this issue: - OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks - SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312 - SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined...more

IRS Lacks Authority to Issue and Enforce Tax Return Preparer Regulations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the decision of the District Court for the District of Columbia, affirming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lacked the authority to...more

U.S. Courts of Appeals Strikes Down New IRS Regulation to Register Paid Tax Return Preparers

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s new licensing requirements for all paid tax return preparers....more

"Extensive Wait Times" Ahead with the IRS

Yesterday the IRS released a YouTube video from John Koskinen, the new commissioner, assuring taxpayers the IRS is dedicated to assisting taxpayers this filing season, and advising taxpayers the best methods to seek tax...more

Observations of a Volunteer Tax Preparer

From the end of January through mid-April of 2013, I volunteered with the United Way tax program providing free federal income tax preparation. Meeting with low to moderate income taxpayers, and preparing and reviewing...more

How To Choose A Tax Return Preparer? Watch Out For Fraud

It is tax season and it is time to think about getting your taxes done. This time of year is filled will angst for most people....more

Federal Court Shuts Down Instant Tax Service

Tax Analysts Tax Notes reports that on November 6, 2013, Judge Timothy S. Black of the Southern District of Ohio permanently shut down Instant Tax Service, which claims to be the fourth largest tax return preparation firm in...more

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