The IRS has increased its scrutiny of tax return preparers in an effort to curb perceived abuse. The investigation of the tax return preparer is detailed and time consuming. You cannot expect the IRS to drop its case after an initial review.
If the IRS sees a pattern of deductions (charitable, employee business expense, schedule C, etc.) that cannot be supported on the clients of the return preparer then the IRS will most likely initiate an investigation. It is critical that the return preparer obtain competent representation especially before an interview.
There are a number of penalties which may be asserted from this investigation. The penalties can range from aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability to failure of the preparer to comply with due diligence requirements. If you have been selected for investigation then it is critical that you retain an experienced tax attorney to handle this sensitive matter.
Robert T. Leonard, Esq., CPA, has successfully represented numerous tax return preparers. He is often called upon to represent tax professionals (whether attorneys, CPAs or enrolled agents) in their own tax disputes.
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If you are a tax return preparer who is subject to a civil audit or criminal investigation, call Robert T. Leonard directly at the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard at 818-224-7935 or toll free at 888-408-9486, or fill out the online form on this website for a free, confidential, initial case consultation. We will review your case and your options with their respective benefits and drawbacks, and any alternatives to the legal process that you may have. My office accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as payment.