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IRS Preparer Compliance Initiative

Formerly referred to as a “10,000 Letters” program

As an constituent partial of a IRS’ ongoing efforts to raise slip of a taxation lapse preparer village and yield educational overdo to taxation preparers, a IRS is stability a “IRS Letters and Visits” program.

For a 2012 filing deteriorate campaign, a IRS sent approximately 21,000 letters to taxation practitioners and they are formulation to control approximately 2,100 correspondence visits (compared to 2,500 visits out of 10,000 letters last year).  The AICPA had referred to this as a IRS “10,000 Letters” module though is now regulating a tenure “IRS Preparer Compliance Initiative” to some-more accurately simulate a IRS’ change in scope, scale and approach.

Recipients of a 21,000 letters (Letter 4809) for a stream beginning were comparison from a pool of taxation lapse preparers who prepared a vast series of 2010 particular income taxation earnings with Schedules A, C or E.  The letters were sent to preparers during a center of November.  Visits are approaching to start shortly and will continue by Apr 15, 2012.  However, following complaints from a AICPA that practitioners were removing visits during taxation season, visits to CPAs are approaching to interpretation in early January.

On Nov 19, 2011, a IRS expelled a following note in response to concerns lifted about a letters:

We have perceived countless inquiries and feedback about a new Letters 4809 we sent to some preparers.  The vigilant of a minute was to forewarn certain preparers that some clients’ earnings contained entries distant over normal ranges.  We are reviewing a feedback we have perceived and will follow adult with additional communications soon.

The AICPA continues to guard this emanate closely and work with IRS officials to residence members’ concerns.

Our Advocacy Efforts

The AICPA discussed with a IRS and challenged several components of a program, including visiting CPAs during taxation deteriorate and a clearly pointless routine of selecting minute and revisit recipients.

  • On Oct 29, 2010, a AICPA submitted a letter to a IRS suggesting how to make a module some-more effective.
  • In a Dec 22, 2010 letter to a IRS a AICPA reiterated concerns about a extended range of a “Preparer Letters and Visitation program.”
  • David Williams met with a IRS Practice and Procedures Committee in May, 2011 to plead changes to a program.
  • Discussions with a IRS per a stream beginning continue.


IRS Resources

According to a IRS, this module is their “hands-on bid to urge a correctness and peculiarity of filed taxation earnings and to worsen recognition of preparer responsibilities.” 


News, Articles and Resources

  • In this Washington Update video, Ed Karl discusses a IRS’s 10,000 Letter Program and how it impacts CPAs
  • IRS Targets 1040 Schedules, Procedures in Preparer Compliance Visits published Jan 25, 2011
  • AICPA Tells IRS: Preparers Deserve More Info, Clarity on 2011 Office Visits published Dec 23, 2010

About Emil Estafanous, CPA
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