IRS' Director of OPR Commends NATRC for Working to Improve Tax Resolution Industry

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NATRC’s work to establish ethical regulation standards for tax resolution company members gains momentum with positive feedback from IRS and calls for new members

National Association of Tax Resolution Companies

The letter commending NATRC’s regulation work with light wording feedback on their Code of Conduct served as a milestone for regulation in our industry

The National Association of Tax Resolution Companies (NATRC) founded in 2012 with a mission to promote and ensure the protection of consumers from unfair and deceptive advertising claims from unscrupulous tax resolution providers. NATRC members are companies that provide tax resolution services to the general public. Recently, the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”) reviewed NATRC’s code of conduct, commending the organization in a follow up letter for establishing meaningful standards for its members.

Mark Guimond, CEO of the National Policy Group, a full service government affairs and lobbying firm, commented on this recent IRS letter from Karen L Hawkins, Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility. “The letter commending NATRC’s regulation work with light wording feedback on their Code of Conduct served as a milestone for regulation in our industry. Karen Hawkins’ offer, to the Association regarding the Code of Conduct review and to hold a 'meet and greet' with representatives of the association in 2013 and possibly on an annual basis thereafter, speaks volumes to the credibility of our organization and the need for what the organization is doing.”

Jeffrey Galante, Vice President and IRS Liaison for the National Association of Tax Resolution Companies says; “Getting positive feedback from the IRS for creating meaningful ethical standards has given NATRC huge headway. Our Association is the only one that represents the interests of Tax Resolution Companies and was established to promote ethical practices and self-governance within the tax resolution industry. Firms who join our Association can gain instant credibility with the public. They can benefit and attract new clients by advertising that they are members of NATRC and have the Association’s ‘seal of approval’. I welcome ethical tax resolution firms to inquire about becoming a NATRC member to learn about the membership benefits. Membership benefits include: Certificate of Membership Suitable for Framing; NATRC Member Logo to use in Your Marketing, Publications, Promotions and Advertising; Industry Networking; and Government Affairs Representation. We have ongoing communication with senior level IRS executives, and we benefit from our dealings with the IRS.”

To be eligible to apply for membership in the NATRC, a company must have a "B" rating or above with the Better Business Bureau. They require a minimum of three years in the business of tax resolution. However, on a case-by-case basis, the Association’s Board of Directors will consider accepting a firm for membership that does not meet these criteria. Additionally, Association members cannot be the subject of an active enforcement action by a Federal, State, or local governmental agency or not be in compliance with the provisions of the Department of Treasury's Circular No. 230, entitled "Regulations Governing Practice before the Internal Revenue Service". Members pay dues to help fund the Association. Lastly, members must stay compliant with the NATRC's Code of Professional Conduct.

The NATRC extends an invitation for tax resolution companies to inquire about membership at natrc.us.

About National Association of Tax Resolution Companies
The National Association of Tax Resolution Companies (NATRC) represents the efforts of a broad spectrum of the industry, including CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents, located throughout the United States. Their mission is to promote and ensure the protection of consumers from unfair and deceptive advertising claims from unscrupulous tax resolution providers. They are accepting new members. Visit NATRC on the web at: http://www.NATRC.us

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