Roni Deutch Tax Center Supports New IRS Requirements For Tax Preparers

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Roni Deutch, CEO of Roni Deutch Tax Center, applauds the IRS's recent proposal for new tax preparer requirements. The new requirements will help taxpayers gain access to high quality tax preparation services, such as those offered by Roni Deutch Tax Center locations across the nation.

I was excited to read the IRS's announcement yesterday

While other tax companies may be worried about the new IRS regulations on tax preparers, Roni Deutch is welcoming them, hoping they will prevent Americans from having their tax returns prepared incorrectly.

"I was excited to read the IRS's announcement yesterday," explains Deutch. "While I wish these regulations had been in place years ago, once in place, they will help American taxpayers avoid the pitfalls of unqualified tax preparation. My law firm has seen what happens to people who put their trust in an untrained tax preparer. They end up with a mountain of tax debt, desperately looking for a way out. I believe these new rules will go a long way in ensuring every American has access to high quality tax preparation."

"As IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman announced in a meeting with reporters on yesterday, tax return preparers help Americans with one of their biggest financial transactions each year," explains Shawn Ervin, Executive Vice President of Operations, Information Technology, Accounting & Marketing for Roni Deutch Tax Center. "I agree with Commissioner Shulman's statement that it is vital for the IRS to ensure that all tax preparers are qualified. All professionals working in Roni Deutch Tax Center locations across the country are held to high ethical standards, receive ongoing training, and are compliant with their respective state agencies. I am proud that we can stand out as an alternative to the unethical preparers the IRS warns about."

The IRS kicked off the tax season by announcing sweeping new efforts to regulate tax return preparers, with new requirements for enforcement and education. The IRS commissioner hopes that these new requirements will help ensure taxpayers receive competent, ethical service from qualified professionals. Many of the requirements will not take effect immediately as the IRS plans to take a year or so to roll them out. Here are the requirements the IRS plans to implement:

  • Requiring all paid tax return preparers to register with the IRS and obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). These preparers will be subject to a limited tax compliance check to ensure they have filed federal personal, employment and business tax returns and that the tax due on those returns has been paid.
  • Requiring competency tests for all paid tax return preparers (excluding attorneys, certified public accountants (CPAs) and enrolled agents who are active and in good standing with their respective licensing agencies).
  • Requiring ongoing continuing professional education for all paid tax return preparers, except attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents and others who are already subject to continuing education requirements.
  • Extending the ethical rules found in Treasury Department Circular 230 -- which currently only apply to attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents who practice before the IRS -- to all paid preparers. This expansion would allow the IRS to suspend or otherwise discipline tax return preparers who engage in unethical or disreputable conduct.

To kick off the new program, the IRS will begin sending letters to 10,000 tax preparers nationwide starting this week. Tax preparers will be selected based on specific IRS red flags, such as a high percentage of tax returns containing errors, or excessive use of the Earned Income and First Time Homebuyer credits.

About Roni Deutch Tax Center

Roni Deutch has built her reputation as one of the most successful tax attorneys through hard work and dedication to the needs of taxpayers. Her competitive spirit and insatiable work ethic have made her a household name with over half of American adults knowing the name Roni Deutch. Over the years of resolving clients' IRS tax debts, she saw that many clients' tax problems were caused by sloppy and unprofessional tax return preparation. Ms. Deutch decided it was time to put her experience to work for taxpayers across the country. Roni Deutch Tax Center is now filling the need for competent tax return preparation. In 2009, Entrepreneur Magazine named Roni Deutch Tax Center one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation. An affordable franchise opportunity, a Roni Deutch Tax Center franchisee can expect to invest between $30,633 (tax preparation business conversion) and $119,900 to open a tax center with the average investment being about $69,700 for one location.

Larry Miramontes, Vice President of Marketing
Roni Deutch Tax Center


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