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How to deal effectively with IRS Examinations and Criminal Investigations?

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Course Description

Course Description

To represent clients correctly and effectively, professionals need to understand the IRS's internal procedures and processes. Potential questions such as - what type of returns are selected, how you can help your client survive an IRS audit with little or no change, which are the high-risk areas of the return, and other common issues - prepare the professionals for a better response for any qualified situation. While dealing with IRS, it is not enough to be updated on tax laws, regulations, rulings, and court decisions, but also to be technically proficient on major aspects, especially while dealing with high-risk issues. This online CPE Webinar caters to the need of tax and financial professionals to prepare for effectively managing IRS audits.

Session -1: Anatomy Of An IRS Audit

IRS audit is a complex process and it continues to unfold new leaves despite clearing so much. This webinar is for those practicing before the Internal Revenue Service. The webinar will take an in-depth view of the Examination Process i.e. What the Revenue Agent should consider

    This Online CPE Tax Webinar covers the following Key Topics:

    • Pre-Contact Responsibilities of the Agent
    • In-Depth Pre-Contact Analysis
    • Repetitive Audit
    • Collectability
    • Third-Party Contacts
    • Making Initial Contact
    • Scheduling Appointment with the Taxpayer
    • Place of Examination
    • Time of Examination
    • Transfer of Returns Before the Initial Appointment
    • Authority to Examine Tax Returns
    • Advising Taxpayers of the Reasons for Their Examinations
    • Requesting the Audit File before the Examination begins
    • Examination Techniques
    • When the normal audit case is referred to the Criminal Investigation Division
    • How to differentiate between the application of a Fraud Penalty and Negligence
    • Statute of Limitations; 3 year and 6-year statutes
    • Failure to file cases and when to file old years and when to pause and seek Counsel

      This continuing education course will answer the key questions like:

      • How to secure the case file even before the Audit begins. 
      • How to determine how the Audit was selected. 
      • How many years can the IRS go back during the examination? 
      • What are the red flags for the Agent to refer the case to the Criminal Investigation Division? 
      • What are the criteria for a Fraud Referral by the Revenue Agent?

      This online CPE course will go in-depth covering a lot of subjects. Real Life examples will bring to life the dos and don’ts of dealing with the IRS during an examination of your client’s return.

      Session -2: Anatomy Of IRS Criminal Investigation

      When the Internal Revenue Service believes you have committed a tax crime, they may launch a criminal investigation against you. Typically, the IRS Special Agents will be tasked with investigating your background, finances, and tax history to assess the damage. In recent years, with the service making foreign accounts compliance a key enforcement priority, taxpayers who have not properly disclosed offshore accounts, assets, investments, and income are at high risk. What would happen once the case is assigned to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division? How does the division determine who should be prosecuted? The presenter will provide a bird’s eye view of the overall process.

      This Online CPE Webinar covers the following Key Topics:

      • How an IRS Criminal Investigation originated.
      • Do you file an Amended Return during a Criminal Investigation of a Taxpayer?
      • How a Normal Civil Audit Becomes a Criminal Referral to the Criminal Investigation Division.
      • What is the IRS Criminal Investigation Division looking for to pursue a Case?
      • The Difference between Intent and a Mistake
      • A review of the IRM Part 9 that covers IRS Criminal Investigations.
      • What Techniques IRS Special Agents use to Interview “Targets” of their Investigations, Surprise Home Visits, etc.
      • Investigative Techniques to support their Criminal Referral to the Dept of Justice, i.e. Direct and Indirect Methods of Proof.
      • Common defenses against IRS Accusations of Criminal Tax Fraud.
      • The difference between the Civil and Criminal Tax Computations.
      • Client's Rights to Conferences with the Government before Indictment.
      • The Role of the IRS Experts in Trial
      • The Role of the Defense Expert at Trial and the preparation for Effective Testimony
      • Computation of Tax Loss
      • The difference between Restitution, Fines, and Civil Tax Due
      • Settling the Civil Tax Due After the Trial, regardless of Guilt or Innocence.
      • The Application of Penalties, specifically Fraud, Negligence, and Substantial Understatement Penalties.
      • Statute of Limitations on IRS Fraud Cases
      • Review of Real-Life Fraud Cases and the mistakes made on both the Government and the Defense Side.
      • Current Trends in IRS Criminal Investigation

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      Learning Objectives

      • To identify the Revenue Agent's Responsibilities during the preparation for the audit
      • To recognize what can and can't be done during the Audit.
      • To recall the Revenue Agent's Audit Guidelines
      • To recognize what the Revenue Agent is supposed to do and what the Practitioner can do to represent his client knowing the dos and don'ts of what can and should be done during the audit.
      • To review the Internal Revenue Manual in the area of Revenue Agent pre-audit and audit guidelines.

      Recommended For

      This Online IRS-Approved CE Webinar provides valuable inputs for establishing best practices for CPAs, EAs, AFSPs, and other tax professionals at large to handle IRS audits and investigations. 

      Who Should Attend?

      • Accountant
      • California Registered Tax Professional
      • CPA (Industry)
      • CPA - Mid Size Firm
      • CPA - Small Firm
      • Enrolled Agent
      • Maryland Tax Preparers
      • Oregon Tax Preparers
      • Tax Accountant (Industry)
      • Tax Attorney
      • Tax Director (Industry)
      • Tax Firm
      • Tax Managers
      • Tax Practitioners
      • Tax Preparer
      • Tax Professionals
      • Tax Pros
      • Young CPA

      Course Qualification

      Webinar Qualifies For

      • 8 CPE Credit of Taxes for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
      • 8 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Enrolled Agents (EA) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00377-21-O)
      • 8 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Oregon Registered Tax Preparers (ORTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00377-21-O)
      • 8 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Maryland Tax Preparer (MRTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-00377-21-O)
      • 8 CE Credit for Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)
      • 8 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for California Registered Tax Preparers (CRTP) (Approval No. 6273-CE-0375)
      • 8 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
      • 8 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
      • 8 General Credit for Accountant/Bookkeeper (ACCT./BK)

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      About Presenter

      Robert Brennan

      Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Robert P Brennan CPA, LLC

      He was an Internal Revenue Agent for the US Treasury Department as part of the Special Enforcement Group in Philadelphia, Pa. We specialized in Fraud Investigations and Income Reconstruction Cases.

      Over the past 20 years I have assisted Attorneys in their representation of Individuals and Business Entities that are under Civil or Criminal Investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.

      He has been an Instructor of Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Taxation for over 35 years at various Universities in the Philadelphia, Pa Area.

      He has a Bachelor of Science with Major in Accounting from LaSalle University and a Masters in taxation from Philadelphia University.

      Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania (1986)

      Since 1982 have been qualified as an Expert Witness in the Federal District Courts of Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

      Seminar presenter for AICPA, PICPA and various Accounting Organizations for over 25 years 


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      Ratings and Review


      47 Ratings



      Very Good









      Michael Moore, EA

      Feb 24th, 2022

      the instructor was thorough and informative


      Paul Odonnell, CPA (US)

      Dec 22nd, 2021



      Thomas Bowen, CPA (US)

      Nov 12th, 2021

      There were many great examples of real situations that helped illustrate the points


      Gregory Klausner, CPA (US)

      Nov 11th, 2021

      Very effective program. Learned a lot.


      Honghua Zhong, CPA (US)

      Dec 9th, 2021

      The course is good but too long. it should be broken down into 2 0r 4 sessions.

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