Ethics & Standards for Practitioners – Circular 230 Review
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
You have until 12/31/17 to use this course as credit.
2:00 PM – 3:50 PM ET
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CPE Program Knowledge Level: Ethics
2 CPE Credit; NO prerequisites or advance preparation
CTEC Course #: 3022-CE-0115
For Enrolled Agents (EAs) and OTRPs (participation voluntary)*: IRS/RPO Approved Program
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Ethics (2 Hours)
This online learning program, presented as a live webcast, will be also archived for QAS Self Study. The program will be available for viewing for 12 months after the live webcast. A panel of IRS and industry experts will present the content during a live, interactive discussion, where participant questions can be submitted. Questions will be answered live on the program or posted on the Resources page. Former Director of Internal Communications for the IRS, Les Witmer, moderates the program.
Among the topics our expert panel will take up include changes, including any last minute changes, brought about by tax legislation enacted during the 2015 Congressional session and the possibility of additional tax legislation Congress reconvenes in 2016. Panelists will provide updates on the start of the current filing season, and an update to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate. Panelists will also look at tax provisions that are expiring and the prospects for extending those provisions. Panelists will discuss recent legislative and administrative developments relating to individual filings to ensure complete understanding.
1) Identify the obligations practitioners owe to clients and the IRS.
2) Identify the obligations IRS owes to tax practitioners.
3) Identify the role of the Return Preparer Office and the Office of Professional Responsibility in enforcing ethical practices by tax professionals.
4) Identify the penalties that may be imposed on return preparers and practitioners and the best practices to follow to avoid those penalties.
Les Witmer, APR
Les Witmer has served as the moderator for Tax Talk Today since 2001. He is a Communications Consultant in Atlanta. He retired after a distinguished career of 34 years with the Federal Government serving the last 23 years with the Internal Revenue Service. He held various positions with the IRS in Communications and Taxpayer Information and retired during the stand-up of the Wage and Investment Division as the Director of Communications. He also was periodically assigned by the U.S. Treasury Department to the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to be a member of an international team that advised and conducted seminars on Taxpayer Information and Customer Service programs to tax and ministry of finance officials from Russia and other Eastern European Countries. Preceding IRS, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army including as an infantry officer in Vietnam. He had other active duty and reserve assignments culminating with being activated during Desert Storm. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.S. in Public Administration from the American University.
Stephen A. Whitlock
Steve was appointed as Director, Office of Professional Responsibility in August 2015, and previously served as Deputy Director from 2002 to 2007. This office administers the IRS regulations governing the practice of attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents and enrolled actuaries, as set out in Treasury Circular 230. Under his leadership the office changed its focus to address misconduct posing a greater potential of adversely impacting tax administration, including tax opinion abuses and conflicts of interest.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Auburn University, a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from George Mason University.
Roger Harris, EA
Roger Harris is a practicing enrolled agent and president of Padgett Business Services, which provides accounting and financial guidance to small businesses. Regional and national print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Morning Business Report, Bloomberg Business News and Accounting Today have frequently called upon Harris to interpret and comment on tax policy and tax administration issues. Accounting Today has selected him as one of its top 100 Most Influential People multiple times.
Harris has testified on IRS reform and budgets, tax filing season issues, tax reform and small business tax and compliance issues. He has offered testimony to the Senate and House Small Business Committees and the House Ways and Means Committee and the IRS Oversight Board. The Small Business Administration has also recognized Roger Harris as the Small Business Advocate of the Year for Georgia.
IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti appointed Mr. Harris to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). The Council provides a public forum for raising, studying and making recommendations on tax administration issues, as well as on IRS restructuring and modernization. Harris served as IRSAC Chair for 2002 and 2003.
An Athens, Georgia resident, Harris earned his degree in accounting from the University of Georgia. He is affiliated with the National Association of Enrolled Agents, where he has Chaired its Legislative Affairs Subcommittee, and the National Society of Accountants, and has served as Chair on its Federal Taxation Committee. Mr. Harris has two children and two grandchildren.
Kevin C. Huston is a nationally known tax instructor and President of the Asheville, North Carolina tax preparation and tax problem resolution firm Blue Ridge Tax Advisors, Inc. Huston earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in International Business from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Huston has also earned the financial planning designations Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Huston is an enrolled agent (EA); a Graduate Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) of the National Association of Enrolled Agents; and a United States Tax Court Practitioner (USTCP). A USTCP is a non-attorney admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. Since the inception of the U.S. Tax Court, fewer than 320 tax professionals have earned this prestigious designation.
David F. Windish, J.D., LL.M
David F. Windish, J.D., LL.M. in taxation, is a tax attorney and consultant. He has served as an instructor of tax-advantaged investments at the New York Institute of Finance; an Instructor of business law at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.; and an adjunct professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. He has also served as executive editor for Tax Analysts; managing editor for Business Strategies, published by CCH; and senior editor for the
Mr. Windish is the author of Practical Guide to Real Estate Taxation, published by CCH and currently going into its sixth edition. Earlier works include Tax Advantaged Investments and Investor's Guide to Limited Partnerships, both published by the New York Institute of Finance. Through the Center for Video Education, he authored continuing education courses dealing with real estate and closely held corporations. Those courses included readings, case studies, and videotape segments.
Mr. Windish is a graduate of Rutgers University Law School and the New York University School of Law, Graduate Division. He has been heard as a guest speaker at professional meetings and seminars and on popular radio programs.