Enrolled Agent Ethical Standards Practices and Procedures

The Internal Revenue Service routinely processes more than 240 million tax returns each year, many of them prepared by tax professionals. Not surprisingly, as tax law becomes increasingly complex, taxpayers often seek the knowledgeable assistance of enrolled agents and other professionals in their preparation.

To help ensure enrolled agents and other professionals understand their ethical responsibilities in representing their clients before the IRS and in preparing tax returns, the IRS has published Treasury Department Circular 230. Circular 230 offers substantial guidance by:

  • Setting forth rules relating to the authority to practice before the IRS
  • Identifying the duties and restrictions relating to such practice.

This course will examine the principal rules, duties and restrictions applicable to enrolled agents in their professional activities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the permitted scope of enrolled agent responsibilities in their practice before the Internal Revenue Service
  • Identify the best practices for preparing or assisting in the preparation of a submission to the Internal Revenue Service
  • List the duties and restrictions applicable to enrolled agents with respect to
    • Information to be furnished to the IRS
    • Dealing with taxpayer omissions, errors and noncompliance with U.S. revenue laws
    • The requirement for preparer diligence
    • Return of client records
    • The existence of conflicts of interest
    • Solicitation of business.