Hot Topics for Return Preparers

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  • Sending Letters to, Visiting and Auditing Client Returns of Tax Preparers Filing Questionable EITC Claims
  • IRS EITC Compliance Strategy Brings in Injunctions
  • Protect Your EFIN and PTIN
  • EITC and Due Diligence Made Easy DVD
  • Make a Complaint About a Tax Return Preparer
  • Don't Miss Any EITC News

Sending Letters to, Visiting and Auditing Client Returns of Tax Preparers Filing Questionable EITC Claims

We are sending letters starting October 1 and continuing through December to preparers filing questionable EITC claims. The letters:

  • pinpoint the primary issues identified on the returns,
  • talk about the consequences of filing inaccurate claims for EITC, and
  • lets the preparer know we will continue to monitor the types of claims for EITC they file.


We will include the Letter 5138 notifying preparers who received one of the warning letters previously that IRS may audit their clients’ returns in this mailing.
For more information and examples of the letters in English or Spanish, see our page, Reaching Out to Preparers.

IRS EITC Compliance Strategy Brings in Injunctions


The IRS recently got another  EITC Due Diligence injunction that prohibits preparers from preparing any further federal income tax returns. The cumulative injunctions represent over $115 million dollars in harm to the government. Find more information on the process and the preparers involved here.

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Protect Your EFIN and PTIN

Keep yourself and your practice safe from fraud. We have found unauthorized uses of PTINs, Preparer Tax Identification Numbers, and EFINs, Electronic Filing Identification Numbers. Find out more on our page, What Can I Do to Protect my EFIN and PTIN?

The EITC and Refundable Credit Office at the Nationwide Tax Forums

Find the syllabi for the seminars we presented at the Nationwide Tax Forums and how you can audit the seminars or take them for Continuing Education credit.

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EITC and Due Diligence Made Easy DVD

Our EITC Due Diligence Made Easy DVD (IRS Publication 4926) is still available. It contains tools and resources to help you prepare tax returns. The DVD has information for 2012 but is still relevant for the following:

  • Links to the current EITC related forms and publications
  • The popular Due Diligence video clips from the tax forums
  • Basic EITC eligibility requirements
  • The Schedule C and Reconstructing Records training
  • Links to additional resources to make Due Diligence easy for you


Order your copy of the EITC Due Diligence DVD online (enter "4926" in the search box) or, call 1-800-829-3676 to place your order for up to five copies of Publication 4926. Need more copies? Send an email to us at eitc.program@irs.gov.


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Make a Complaint Against a Tax Return Preparer

Use this site to find out how to file a complaint about a tax preparer.

 

Don't Miss Any EITC News

Visit What's Hot on EITC Central for more news related to EITC and Visit our Hot Topics for  Partners for what's happening to increase EITC awareness. 

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 02-Oct-2014