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IRS Letters and Visits to Return Preparers - 2012 Filing Season
During the 2012 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service continues its efforts to ensure paid tax return preparers are assisting clients appropriately.

Most Tax Return Preparers Must Use IRS e-file
Starting January 1, 2012, any tax return preparer who anticipates preparing and filing 11 or more Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 1041 during a calendar year must use IRS e-file.

Open Season for Membership in the Information Reporting Advisory Committee (IRPAC)
The Internal Revenue Service is accepting nominations to IRPAC beginning April 2, 2012 and ending May 31, 2012. IRPAC provides recommendations to IRS leadership on a wide range of information reporting and administration issues.

Expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit Available for Hiring Qualified Veterans
Businesses, including tax-exempt employers, may qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for qualified veterans hired before January 1, 2013.

2011 IRSAC Report Made Available at Public Meeting
The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) released its 2011 Report, that includes recommendations on a wide range of tax administration issues.

2011 Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) Public Report
The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) released its 2011 Report, which includes recommendations pertaining to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, merchant card and third-party payments and other tax administration issues.

IRS Live
IRS Live is for the tax pro in the know. A live webinar, IRS Live is a panel discussion among IRS experts and industry professionals aimed at educating tax professionals on the most current and complex tax issues affecting them and their clients.

IRS Training and Communication Tools for Tax Professionals
Follow IRS on Twitter, attend a Tax Forum, and watch tax videos - learn about it here!

IRS Video Portal
The IRS Video portal contains presentations dedicated to helping the tax practitioner.

Disaster Relief Resource Center for Tax Professionals
Visit this resource center to learn how to re-establish your business after a natural disaster.

Third Party Reporting Information Center
Learn about information reporting requirements for merchant payment cards, cost basis reporting on securities sales and government payments.

Valuation of Assets
Job Aid for IRS Valuation Professionals to assist in reviewing or developing business valuations.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
FATCA will increase information reporting by foreign financial institutions, non-financial foreign entities, and certain U.S. persons holding financial assets outside the United States.

Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: Passive Foreign Income Company Investment Computations
Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: Passive Foreign Income Company Investment Computations

Collection Procedures for Taxpayers Filing and/or Paying Late
Links to helpful information for taxpayers who cannot file or pay by the due date.

IRS Civil Penalties Virtual Mailbox
A resource for IRS External Stakeholders (tax professionals) to provide their suggestions and/or comments regarding improving administration of civil penalties.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum Information
Attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums to learn the latest in tax administration, mingle with industry partners, and earn CPE credits.

Adoption Credit Information for Tax Professionals
Receive the newly-expanded adoption credit faster by including required documentation, such as an adoption order or decree, with the return.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online
The NTFO site provides courses based on taped seminars from previous IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. NTFO courses may be taken for either CPE credit or audit.

IRS Advancing E-file Study Key Messages
IRS Advancing E-file Study Key Messages

Make a Complaint Against a Tax Return Preparer
Use this site to find out how to file a complaint against a tax preparer.

Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 Tax Provisions
New Small Business Jobs Act provisions are designed to encourage investment and provide access to capital for businesses.

Circular No. 230 (Rev. 8-2011)
Regulations Governing the Practice of Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, Enrolled Actuaries, Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents, and Appraisers before the Internal Revenue Service

Section 7216 Information Center
Find information about Section 7216 including FAQs and revenue rulings.

IRSAC and IRPAC General Information
General Information on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council and the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee.

2011 IRS Software Developers Conference
The Software Developers Conference is an excellent opportunity to interact and discuss with the software community the Service’s plans for current and future electronic programs and services for individual taxpayers, small and large businesses and tax practitioners. Registration is now open!

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
Update on the new economic stimulus legislation.

Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA)
The Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is a new resource that provides consistent answers to a limited number of tax law questions using a probe and response process. The ITA will guide you to accurate answers that are not readily addressed through simple Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Fraudulent email posing as the IRS 'Office of Professional Responsibility'
Phishing email risk; message claims to be from the IRS OPR.

Real Time Tax System Initiative
Learn about the Real Time Tax System initiative that will focus on improving the taxpayer experience and improve overall tax compliance.

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