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Increasing Preparer Responsibility, Visibility And Competence, Leslie Book Jan 2009

Increasing Preparer Responsibility, Visibility And Competence, Leslie Book

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The insights from the responsive regulation literature present an intriguing model for IRS interaction with preparers, and provide a theoretical context for a more nuanced approach that the IRS could adopt when considering its return preparer strategies. To some extent, the IRS’s current emphasis on preparer education, including the significant resources expended on tax forums and other general outreach programs, reflects IRS awareness that its interaction with preparers must take a varied approach. In this paper, I propose a more personal contact paradigm with preparers, with those contacts facilitated by heightened identification requirements and a more dedicated IRS effort ...


Study Of The Role Of Preparers In Relation To Taxpayer Compliance With Internal Revenue Laws, Leslie Book Jun 2008

Study Of The Role Of Preparers In Relation To Taxpayer Compliance With Internal Revenue Laws, Leslie Book

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The use of paid tax return preparers has grown steadily. All paid return preparers, including those who are not regulated by any licensing entity or subject to competency or continuing education requirements, must comply with certain requirements in connection with the preparation of a tax return, including signing the return and providing a copy of the return to taxpayers. Preparers are also subject to civil and even criminal penalties for improper conduct and the Code provides that the United States may bring a civil action to enjoin tax preparers if preparers engage in certain types of impermissible conduct.

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