Accountant Prepared A Return And It Is Under Criminal Investigation By The IRS, Now What?

Robert Brennan

Robert P Brennan CPA, LLC

  • AFSP
  • CPA
  • EA
  • Tax Preparer
  • Oregon Tax Preparer
  • CTEC

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Overview

  • The initial Phase Your client gets a Knock at the door He Then Calls You
    4 mins
  • What Rights Do you and your Client have during the Criminal Investigations? What is the IRS Looking for?
    11 mins
  • How to Determine whether You (the Accountant) will be a Target of the Investigation along with your Client!
    24 mins
  • IRS circular 230
    33 mins
  • Tax Crimes and Defenses
    39 mins

Course Description

IRS Criminal Investigation serves the American public by investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law. It is surprisingly easy for a person to find oneself involved with this sort of IRS tax problems like Tax Evasion or Tax Fraud. Some of your clients might not be aware that anything had gone wrong until the IRS came looking for them. A criminal investigation differs from an audit. With an audit, the IRS attempts to determine whether you have calculated your tax liability correctly. With a criminal investigation, the IRS seeks to mount a case against you so that the U.S. Attorney’s Office can prosecute you. 

When clients find themselves the target of an IRS criminal investigation, most taxpayers suddenly realize they need an attorney. How does the accountant respond when the client calls and says “I have a problem?”. However, one of the key players in defending the taxpayer will be the accountant who works in the background to help the defense recreate expenses, attack overzealous numbers from the IRS criminal investigation, and act as experts for the criminal defense.  This program will explain the key roles played by accountants, the role of tax loss calculations in the case, and why many accountants realize that criminal cases are not only fascinating to work on but can be extremely lucrative engagements. 

Major Questions Answered :

  • How does the accountant disclose information to the IRS without violating the Client or the Accountants rights?
  • What are the client’s rights regarding records given to the Accountant?
  • Can the Accountant be an expert or fact witness for the Client? 
  • Will the Accountant be a witness for the Prosecution? 
  • How can the Accountant prevent being a target of the Investigation? 
  • Has the Accountant done all the required Due Diligence in the preparation of the Return?
  • Does the Accountant need a lawyer? Is the Government there to help you?
  • When the Accountant has prepared the return that is subsequently under Criminal Investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, 
  • What does the accountant need to do when return prepared by him is under Criminal Investigation. 

All these things will be discussed and answers will be provided that will help the Accountants to be prepared during a Criminal Investigation of the Client.

Learning Objectives

  • To identfy the various answer of the questions from Internal Revenue Criminal Investigators during the Interview of you and your knowledge of the client’s return preparation.
  • To identify the information that must be given the Internal Revenue Service, and how to manage the production of this information to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • To identify the ways of interacting with your client, so you do not violate the Clients rights nor the Accountants.
  • To identify ways of providing assistance to the Client and whether you can help the client in their defense.
  • To identify the the definition of TAX LOSS, which is the guideline for the length of Incarceration for Tax Crimes.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • Accounts Director
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • Tax Attorney
  • Tax Director (Industry)
  • Tax Firm
  • Tax Managers
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Pros
  • Young CPA