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Office of Professional Responsibility's Webinar Information

The Office of Professional Responsibility's (OPR's) webinar Practicing Before the IRS – Circular 230 A to Z - Webinar (Oct 29, 2014) is now available on the IRS video portal.

Karen L. Hawkins, Director of OPR discusses:

  • Recent changes to Circular 230
  • New regulations governing tax practice
  • An overview of key provisions
  • Practitioner responsibilities
  • Important issues for all tax professionals
  • A pre-recorded Q&A session with Karen Hawkins

The IRS video portal also provides the following:


In addition, the Director gave several presentations at the Nationwide Tax Forums:

2014 Seminars

  • An Overview of Tax Practice Ethical Rules and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
    Circular 230 contains the standards of tax practice for all tax professionals. The OPR administers
    these practice standards and makes recommendations for practitioner discipline, when
    appropriate. This session will provide an overview of the jurisdiction and scope of Circular 230,
    the oversight responsibilities of the OPR, and the disciplinary process and sanctions.

  • Key Circular 230 Provisions: What Every Tax Return Preparer Needs to Know
    This session will focus on the current key provisions governing the conduct of tax professionals
    when practicing before the IRS.  These include the various due diligence obligations for preparing,
    signing and advising with respect to tax return positions; identifying and resolving conflicts of
    interest encountered in tax practice; and the prohibition on being paid from a taxpayer's refund.
    The session will explain each of the key provisions and provide examples of acceptable and
    unacceptable conduct. Some understanding of Circular 230 or attending &quotAn Overview of Tax
    Practice Ethical Rules and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)&quot seminar first will
    enhance understanding in this session.




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