The tax preparation industry consists of some 1.2 million paid professionals, according to US News and World Report, engaged in the preparation and filing of forms required by the federal, state and local governments. The industry generates $9 billion in revenue, and last year...
Tax professionals across the country are gearing up for tax season, which the Internal Revenue Service today announced will officially begin on January 23, 2017. The press release included yet another reminder about PATH Act-delayed refunds: taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not have their refund issued until February 15, 2017.
It’s complicated, but it’s important.
Now, more than ever, paid tax return preparers need to understand and educate themselves so they can avoid sanctions for giving false or misleading information to the IRS or for asserting frivolous positions that do not meet realistic possibility standards. Preparers need to recognize what is considered disreputable conduct resulting from improperly preparing returns, and learn to identify tax fraud schemes.