Professional Responsibility and the IRS – A Matter of Ethics
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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CPE Program Knowledge Level: Overview
2 CPE Credit; NO prerequisites or advance preparation
CTEC Course #: 3022-CE-0108
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.
The program, through a lively round-table discussion and real time interaction with the audience, looks at changes that affect the rules governing practice before the IRS and the prospects for additional changes. The program will also focus on the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and the Return Preparer Office, the relationship between practitioners and those offices, and provide the most current updates. Panelists will focus on ethical problems most often faced by tax practitioners and the best practices for professionals to avoid disciplinary action.
The course of learning for this program has been designed to enhance professional knowledge of Federal taxation or Federal tax related matters.
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.
Carol A. Campbell
Carol A. Campbell was named director of the IRS Return Preparer Office in August 2012. As director, she is responsible for the IRS's oversight program of the tax professional industry. Her office handles the preparer tax identification number (PTIN) program and registration of over 700,000 tax return preparers and other tax professionals with the IRS, as well as oversight of the Annual Filing Season Program and all enrollment programs (enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, and enrolled actuary).
Terry Durkin, EA, MBA
Terry Durkin, EA, MBA is the principal of Durkin Associates based in Burlington, Massachusetts. She specializes in individual, small business, estate, and trust tax return preparation and representation. Ms. Durkin recently completed her term as president of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and is also past president of the Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents (MaSEA). She received the NAEA Founders Award in 2012 for her contribution and service to NAEA. Terry is also a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI). In July of 2014, she testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at the hearing titled, Cash Accounting: A Simpler Method for Small Firms?
Prior to becoming an enrolled agent in 2005, Ms. Durkin worked for twenty years in the software industry for a variety of companies including IBM. She received her BS degree in applied mathematics with computer science from Yale University and her MBA degree with a concentration in finance from New York University. In her spare time, Terry enjoys running and golfing.
Alan Pinck, EA
Alan Pinck is an Enrolled Agent with over 25 years of tax preparation experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has built a practice specializing in individual, small business tax preparation and audit representation. He is currently chair of the NAEA Education Committee, Chair for the NAEA Education Foundation and a speaker at the NTPI events, CSEA Super Seminar as well as a variety of other presentations for tax groups and small business associations. Having represented thousands of tax returns in audit, Alan has obtained tremendous insight of the audit process as well as knowledge on a wide variety of tax issues.
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.