Tax Talk Today Features Karen Hawkins, Director, IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Presenting, “Ethics and Standards of Practice – Circular 230 Update”

Expert Panel Explains Rules Governing Conduct of Tax Practices

WASHINGTON--()--Tax Talk Today®, an online series of webcasts educating tax professionals on current and critical tax issues, announced the topics for its May program, Ethics and Standards of Practice – Circular 230 Update. The Live webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2 PM ET.

Karen Hawkins, Director, IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and industry experts, Frank Degen, EA, and Terry Durkin, EA, MBA, Owner, Durkin Associates will look at recent and proposed changes that affect the rules governing practice before the IRS. The program will also focus on the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and how the OPR carries out its mission and its plans for the coming year. Complete program description.

The broadcast will be Archived for 12 months for viewers who are unable to watch the Live program, or wish to complete a Self-Study CPE program. Viewers can earn 2 CPEs for completing this program, and may email questions before and during the program.

Specific topics that will be discussed:

  • Circular 230 statutory and regulatory overview
  • IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
    • How OPR carries out its mission
    • Distinction with Return Preparers Office (RPO)
    • Recent cases of interest
  • Proposed changes to Circular 230
    • Rules governing written advice
    • Procedures to ensure compliance
    • Covered opinions
  • Ethics Scenarios
    • General standard of competence
    • Due diligence
    • Negotiation of taxpayer refunds
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Knowledge of client’s omission
  • Sources and process for disciplinary actions
    • Conduct that may subject a practitioner to discipline
    • Compliance with Federal tax filing and payment obligations
    • Disciplinary process
    • Disciplinary options
  • Best practices for tax advisors and tax return preparers

“With Karen Hawkins and industry experts, viewers will gain a first-hand understanding of Circular 230,” stated Lisbeth Bagnold, President & CEO of Tax Talk Today, Inc.

Viewers needing Continuing Professional Education credit (CPE Credit) can take advantage of a Tax Talk Today subscription price of $240.00 or $16.00/credit for 15 CPE credits, which includes all 8 programs. Up to 27 CPE credits can be purchased. Tax Talk Today is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider.

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Tax Talk Today features Karen Hawkins, Director, IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, May 14, 2013. Hawkins will discuss recent and proposed changes to Circular 230. Topic: Circular 230 Update

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Paul Lamonia, 202-559-9330
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