Tax Talk Today Features IRS Karen Hawkins and Tax Professionals Presenting, “Ethics & Standards: Circular 230 Update – Getting It Right”

Expert Panel Discusses Ethical Standards That Govern Them

WASHINGTON--()--Tax Talk Today®, an online series of webcasts educating tax professionals on current and critical tax issues, announced the topic for its May program, Ethics & Standards; Circular 230 Update – Getting It Right. The Live webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 2 PM ET.

Karen Hawkins, IRS Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Frank Degen, EA, and Ruth Rowlette, EA, Esq. will focus on the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, the relationship between practitioners and the OPR, and provide the most current updates of Circular 230.

By the end of the program, participants will know the professional and ethical standards that govern them as tax professionals and how to avoid noncompliance. 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 QAS Self Study CPE program. Viewers can earn 2 CPEs for completing this program, and may email questions before and during the Live program.

Specific topics that will be discussed:

  • Update of Circular 230
  • Annual Filing Season Program — OPR/RPO’s roles
  • Tax Practitioner's Professional's Duties and Ethical Problems Most Encountered by OPR
    • Examples from this past filing season, impact of ACA, etc.
    • Competence
    • Due diligence
    • Client records
    • Conflict of interest
    • Negotiation of checks
    • Solicitation
  • The Tax Professional and OPR
    • OPR's role in enforcement
    • Source of information on practitioners
    • Right to representation
    • Notice of investigation
    • Response and submission of evidence
    • Expedited Suspensions
    • Negotiated sanctions
    • Hearings and appeals
  • Practices Professionals Should Adopt to Avoid Disciplinary Action

“With our IRS and industry experts, viewers will gain a first-hand understanding of Circular 230 and how to remain compliant,” 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 $255.00 or $17.00/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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An 8-program, 15 CPE, webcast series, designed to educate tax professionals with reliable information about complex tax issues. Tax Talk Today features roundtable discussions and real-time interaction with industry professionals, and IRS officials. Tax Talk Today collaborates with the IRS and the NAEA to provide content meeting CPE Credit requirements for CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Voluntary OTRPs, attorneys, and all professionals needing CPE credits in the tax area. Programs are available Live, Archived or Podcast. Contact Paul Lamonia at 202-559-9330 or or visit


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Release Summary

Tax Talk Today features IRS and Tax Pros, May 12, 2015, 2 PM ET on Live Webcast. Karen Hawkins (IRS/OPR) and Panelists will discuss Ethics & Standards: Circular 230 Update.


Tax Talk Today
Paul Lamonia, 202-559-9330