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Turbo tax ammend Publication 947 - Main Content Table of Contents Practice Before the IRSWhat Is Practice Before the IRS? Who Can Practice Before the IRS? Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? What Are the Rules of Practice? Authorizing a RepresentativeWhat Is a Power of Attorney? When Is a Power of Attorney Required? When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Turbo tax ammend Practice Before the IRS The Office of Professional Responsibility and the Return Preparer Office generally are responsible for administering and enforcing the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. Turbo tax ammend The Return Preparer Office is responsible for matters related to the authority to practice, including acting on applications for enrollment and administering competency testing and continuing education. Turbo tax ammend What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. Turbo tax ammend Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Turbo tax ammend Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend However, any individual who is recognized to practice (a recognized representative) must be designated as the taxpayer's representative and file a written declaration with the IRS stating that he or she is authorized and qualified to represent a particular taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. Turbo tax ammend Attorneys. Turbo tax ammend   Any attorney who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Certified public accountants (CPAs). Turbo tax ammend   Any CPA who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS and who is duly qualified to practice as a CPA in any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia may practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Enrolled agents. Turbo tax ammend   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Enrolled retirement plan agents. Turbo tax ammend   Any enrolled retirement plan agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The practice of enrolled retirement plan agents is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. Turbo tax ammend Enrolled actuaries. Turbo tax ammend   Any individual who is enrolled as an actuary by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The practice of enrolled actuaries is limited to certain Internal Revenue Code sections that relate to their area of expertise, principally those sections governing employee retirement plans. Turbo tax ammend Student. Turbo tax ammend    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. Turbo tax ammend Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. Turbo tax ammend   A registered tax return preparer is an individual who has passed an IRS competency test and is authorized to prepare and sign tax returns as the preparer. Turbo tax ammend An unenrolled return preparer is an individual other than an attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or enrolled actuary who prepares and signs a taxpayer's return as the preparer, or who prepares a return but is not required (by the instructions to the return or regulations) to sign the return. Turbo tax ammend   Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers may only represent taxpayers before revenue agents, customer service representatives, or similar officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service (including the Taxpayer Advocate Service) during an examination of the taxable year or period covered by the tax return they prepared and signed. Turbo tax ammend Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot represent taxpayers, regardless of the circumstances requiring representation, before appeals officers, revenue officers, counsel or similar officers or employees of the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Treasury. Turbo tax ammend Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers cannot execute closing agreements, extend the statutory period for tax assessments or collection of tax, execute waivers, execute claims for refund, or sign any document on behalf of a taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend   If the unenrolled return preparer does not meet the requirements for limited representation, you may file Form 8821 to allow the preparer to inspect your tax information and receive copies of notices sent to you by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend See Form 8821. Turbo tax ammend Practice denied. Turbo tax ammend   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Turbo tax ammend Disreputable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the list of items under Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct shown later under What Are the Rules of Practice. Turbo tax ammend Other individuals who may serve as representatives. Turbo tax ammend   Because of their special relationship with a taxpayer, the following individuals can represent the specified taxpayers before the IRS, provided they present satisfactory identification and, except in the case of an individual described in (1) below, proof of authority to represent the taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend An individual. Turbo tax ammend An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. Turbo tax ammend A family member. Turbo tax ammend An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. Turbo tax ammend Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. Turbo tax ammend An officer. Turbo tax ammend A bona fide officer of a corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, or organized group can represent the corporation, association, or organized group. Turbo tax ammend An officer of a governmental unit, agency, or authority, in the course of his or her official duties, can represent the organization before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend A partner. Turbo tax ammend A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend An employee. Turbo tax ammend A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. Turbo tax ammend An employer can be, but is not limited to, an individual, partnership, corporation (including a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated corporation), association, trust, receivership, guardianship, estate, organized group, governmental unit, agency, or authority. Turbo tax ammend A fiduciary. Turbo tax ammend A fiduciary (trustee, executor, personal representative, administrator, receiver, or guardian) stands in the position of a taxpayer and acts as the taxpayer, not as a representative. Turbo tax ammend See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. Turbo tax ammend Representation Outside the United States Any individual may represent an individual or entity, who is outside the United States, before personnel of the IRS when such representation occurs outside the United States. Turbo tax ammend See section 10. Turbo tax ammend 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. Turbo tax ammend Authorization for Special Appearances The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, or delegate, can authorize an individual who is not otherwise eligible to practice before the IRS to represent another person for a particular matter. Turbo tax ammend The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. Turbo tax ammend However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. Turbo tax ammend If granted, the Commissioner, or delegate, will issue a letter that details the conditions related to the appearance and the particular tax matter for which the authorization is granted. Turbo tax ammend The authorization letter should not be confused with a letter from an IRS center advising an individual that he or she has been assigned a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number. Turbo tax ammend The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. Turbo tax ammend Students in LITCs and the STCP. Turbo tax ammend   A student who works in a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) or Student Tax Clinic Program (STCP) who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. Turbo tax ammend If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. Turbo tax ammend Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. Turbo tax ammend If you intend to have a student represent you, review the authorization letter and ask your student, your student's supervisor, or the Office of Professional Responsibility if you have questions about the terms of the authorization. Turbo tax ammend Who Cannot Practice Before the IRS? In general, individuals who are not eligible or who have lost the privilege as a result of certain actions cannot practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. Turbo tax ammend Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. Turbo tax ammend   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. Turbo tax ammend Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). Turbo tax ammend Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. Turbo tax ammend Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Failure to meet requirements. Turbo tax ammend   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. Turbo tax ammend The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. Turbo tax ammend Inactive roster. Turbo tax ammend   An individual will be placed on the roster of inactive individuals for a period of three years, if he or she: Fails to respond timely to the notice of noncompliance with the renewal requirements, Fails to file timely the application for renewal, or Does not satisfy the requirements of eligibility for renewal. Turbo tax ammend The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. Turbo tax ammend Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. Turbo tax ammend Inactive retirement status. Turbo tax ammend   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. Turbo tax ammend They can be reinstated to an active enrollment status by filing an application for renewal and providing evidence that they have completed the required continuing professional education hours for the enrollment cycle or registration year. Turbo tax ammend Suspension and disbarment. Turbo tax ammend   Individuals authorized to practice before the IRS are subject to disciplinary proceedings and may be suspended or disbarred for violating any regulation governing practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. Turbo tax ammend   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. Turbo tax ammend See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Turbo tax ammend   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. Turbo tax ammend   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. Turbo tax ammend The Office of Professional Responsibility may reinstate the practitioner if it is determined that: The practitioner's future conduct is not likely to be in violation of the regulations, and Granting the reinstatement would not be contrary to the public interest. Turbo tax ammend How Does an Individual Become Enrolled? The Return Preparer Office can grant enrollment to practice before the IRS to an applicant who demonstrates special competence in tax matters by passing a written examination administered by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. Turbo tax ammend In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. Turbo tax ammend Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. Turbo tax ammend Form 2587. Turbo tax ammend   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. Turbo tax ammend Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. Turbo tax ammend To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Turbo tax ammend Form 23 and Form 23-EP. Turbo tax ammend   Individuals who have passed the examination or are applying on the basis of past service and technical experience with the IRS can apply for enrollment by filing Form 23, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 23-EP, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent. Turbo tax ammend The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. Turbo tax ammend Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. Turbo tax ammend To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Turbo tax ammend Form 5434. Turbo tax ammend   An individual may apply as an enrolled actuary on the basis of past employment with the IRS and technical experience by filing Form 5434, Application for Enrollment, with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. Turbo tax ammend The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. Turbo tax ammend To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Turbo tax ammend Period of enrollment. Turbo tax ammend   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. Turbo tax ammend The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. Turbo tax ammend To continue practicing beyond the expiration date, the individual must request renewal of the enrollment by filing Form 8554, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service, or Form 8554-EP, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA). Turbo tax ammend What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. Turbo tax ammend F. Turbo tax ammend R. Turbo tax ammend part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. Turbo tax ammend 230 (Circular 230). Turbo tax ammend An attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, registered tax return preparer, or enrolled actuary authorized to practice before the IRS (referred to hereafter as a practitioner) has the duty to perform certain acts and is restricted from performing other acts. Turbo tax ammend In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). Turbo tax ammend Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Turbo tax ammend Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. Turbo tax ammend Duties Practitioners must promptly submit records or information requested by officers or employees of the IRS, except when the practitioner believes on reasonable belief and good faith that the information is privileged. Turbo tax ammend Communications with respect to tax advice between a federally authorized tax practitioner and a taxpayer generally are confidential to the same extent that communication would be privileged if it were between a taxpayer and an attorney if the advice relates to: Noncriminal tax matters before the IRS, or Noncriminal tax proceedings brought in federal court by or against the United States. Turbo tax ammend Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. Turbo tax ammend   This protection of tax advice communications does not apply to any written communications between a federally authorized tax practitioner and any person, including a director, shareholder, officer, employee, agent, or representative of a corporation if the communication involves the promotion of the direct or indirect participation of the corporation in any tax shelter. Turbo tax ammend Duty to advise. Turbo tax ammend   A practitioner who knows that his or her client has not complied with the revenue laws or has made an error or omission in any return, document, affidavit, or other required paper, has the responsibility to advise the client promptly of the noncompliance, error, or omission, and the consequences of the noncompliance, error, or omission. Turbo tax ammend Due diligence. Turbo tax ammend   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. Turbo tax ammend Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. Turbo tax ammend Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. Turbo tax ammend Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. Turbo tax ammend The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. Turbo tax ammend Delays. Turbo tax ammend   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. Turbo tax ammend   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. Turbo tax ammend Accept assistance from, or assist, any person who is under disbarment or suspension from practice before the IRS if the assistance relates to matters considered practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. Turbo tax ammend Performance as a notary. Turbo tax ammend   A practitioner who is a notary public and is employed as counsel, attorney, or agent in a matter before the IRS, or has a material interest in the matter, cannot engage in any notary activities related to that matter. Turbo tax ammend Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. Turbo tax ammend   Practitioners must not endorse or otherwise negotiate (cash) any refund check (including directing or accepting payment by any means, electronic or otherwise, in an account owned or controlled by the practitioner or any firm or other entity with whom the practitioner is associated) issued to the taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct Any practitioner or unenrolled return preparer may be disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS, or censured, for incompetence or disreputable conduct. Turbo tax ammend The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. Turbo tax ammend Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. Turbo tax ammend Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. Turbo tax ammend Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. Turbo tax ammend 30 of Circular 230. Turbo tax ammend Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. Turbo tax ammend Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. Turbo tax ammend Directly or indirectly attempting to influence the official action of IRS employees by the use of threats, false accusations, duress, or coercion, or by offering gifts, favors, or any special inducements. Turbo tax ammend Being disbarred or suspended from practice as an attorney, CPA, public accountant, or actuary, by the District of Columbia or any state, possession, territory, commonwealth, or any federal court, or any federal agency, body, or board. Turbo tax ammend Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. Turbo tax ammend Using abusive language, making false accusations and statements knowing them to be false, circulating or publishing malicious or libelous matter, or engaging in any contemptuous conduct in connection with practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Giving a false opinion knowingly, recklessly, or through gross incompetence; or following a pattern of providing incompetent opinions in questions arising under the federal tax laws. Turbo tax ammend Censure, Disbarments, and Suspensions The Office of Professional Responsibility may censure or institute proceedings to censure, suspend or disbar any attorney, CPA, or enrolled agent who has violated Circular 230. Turbo tax ammend A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. Turbo tax ammend Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Turbo tax ammend What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. Turbo tax ammend If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. Turbo tax ammend The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. Turbo tax ammend For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. Turbo tax ammend 3(f). Turbo tax ammend For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. Turbo tax ammend Acts performed. Turbo tax ammend   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. Turbo tax ammend Represent you before any office of the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Sign an offer or a waiver of restriction on assessment or collection of a tax deficiency, or a waiver of notice of disallowance of claim for credit or refund. Turbo tax ammend Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. Turbo tax ammend Sign a closing agreement. Turbo tax ammend Signing your return. Turbo tax ammend   The representative named under a power of attorney is not permitted to sign your income tax return unless: The signature is permitted under the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations (see Regulations section 1. Turbo tax ammend 6012-1(a)(5)). Turbo tax ammend You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. Turbo tax ammend Continuous absence from the United States (including Puerto Rico) for a period of at least 60 days prior to the date required by law for filing the return. Turbo tax ammend Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend When a return is signed by a representative, it must be accompanied by a power of attorney (or copy) authorizing the representative to sign the return. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. Turbo tax ammend Limitation on substitution or delegation. Turbo tax ammend   A recognized representative can substitute or delegate authority under the power of attorney to another recognized representative only if the act is specifically authorized by you on the power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. Turbo tax ammend If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. Turbo tax ammend Disclosure of returns to a third party. Turbo tax ammend   Your representative cannot execute consents that will allow the IRS to disclose tax return or return information to a third party unless you specifically delegate this authority to your representative on line 5 of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Incapacity or incompetency. Turbo tax ammend   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. Turbo tax ammend   The power of attorney can continue, however, in the case of your incapacity or incompetency if you authorize this on line 5 “Other” of the Form 2848 and if your non-IRS durable power of attorney meets all the requirements for acceptance by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. Turbo tax ammend When Is a Power of Attorney Required? Submit a power of attorney when you want to authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS, whether or not the representative performs any of the other acts cited earlier under What Is a Power of Attorney. Turbo tax ammend A power of attorney is most often required when you want to authorize another individual to perform at least one of the following acts on your behalf. Turbo tax ammend Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Your representative must complete that part of the form. Turbo tax ammend Non-IRS powers of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   The IRS will accept a non-IRS power of attorney, but a completed Form 2848 must be attached in order for the power of attorney to be entered on the Centralized Authorization File (CAF) system. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. Turbo tax ammend   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. Turbo tax ammend Your name and mailing address. Turbo tax ammend Your social security number and/or employer identification number. Turbo tax ammend Your employee plan number, if applicable. Turbo tax ammend The name and mailing address of your representative(s). Turbo tax ammend The types of tax involved. Turbo tax ammend The federal tax form number. Turbo tax ammend The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. Turbo tax ammend For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. Turbo tax ammend A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). Turbo tax ammend Your signature and date. Turbo tax ammend You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. Turbo tax ammend This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend The statement should read: I am not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the Internal Revenue Service or other practice of my profession by any other authority, I am aware of the regulations contained in Circular 230, I am authorized to represent the taxpayer(s) identified in the power of attorney, and I am an individual described in 26 CFR 601. Turbo tax ammend 502(b). Turbo tax ammend Required information missing. Turbo tax ammend   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. Turbo tax ammend You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. Turbo tax ammend If you cannot sign an acceptable replacement document, your attorney-in-fact may be able to perfect (make acceptable to the IRS) your non-IRS power of attorney by using the procedure described next. Turbo tax ammend Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. Turbo tax ammend The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). Turbo tax ammend The attorney-in-fact attaches a statement (signed under penalty of perjury) to the Form 2848 stating that the original non-IRS power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction. Turbo tax ammend Example. Turbo tax ammend John Elm, a taxpayer, signs a non-IRS durable power of attorney that names his neighbor and CPA, Ed Larch, as his attorney-in-fact. Turbo tax ammend The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. Turbo tax ammend However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. Turbo tax ammend Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. Turbo tax ammend Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. Turbo tax ammend Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. Turbo tax ammend If Ed attaches a statement (signed under the penalty of perjury) that the durable power of attorney is valid under the laws of the governing jurisdiction, he can sign a completed Form 2848 and submit it on John's behalf. Turbo tax ammend If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. Turbo tax ammend This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. Turbo tax ammend Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. Turbo tax ammend Entry of your power of attorney on the CAF system enables IRS personnel, who do not have a copy of your power of attorney, to verify the authority of your representative by accessing the CAF. Turbo tax ammend It also enables the IRS to automatically send copies of notices and other IRS communications to your representative if you specify that your representative should receive those communications. Turbo tax ammend   You can have your non-IRS power of attorney entered on the CAF system by attaching it to a completed Form 2848 and submitting it to the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). Turbo tax ammend Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. Turbo tax ammend Line-by-line hints. Turbo tax ammend   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Line 1—Taxpayer information. Turbo tax ammend   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. Turbo tax ammend If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Line 2—Representative(s). Turbo tax ammend   Only individuals may be named as representatives. Turbo tax ammend If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. Turbo tax ammend If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. Turbo tax ammend Enter your representative's fax number if available. Turbo tax ammend   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. Turbo tax ammend The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. Turbo tax ammend You must, however, check the boxes on line 2 of the Form 2848 if you want the IRS to routinely send copies of notices and communications to your representatives. Turbo tax ammend If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. Turbo tax ammend Line 3—Tax matters. Turbo tax ammend   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend However, you may include on a power of attorney only future tax periods that end no later than 3 years after the date the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. Turbo tax ammend ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. Turbo tax ammend Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Turbo tax ammend   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. Turbo tax ammend Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. Turbo tax ammend Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. Turbo tax ammend Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). Turbo tax ammend Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. Turbo tax ammend Corporate dissolutions. Turbo tax ammend Requests for change of accounting method. Turbo tax ammend Requests for change of accounting period. Turbo tax ammend Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). Turbo tax ammend Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). Turbo tax ammend Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. Turbo tax ammend Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Turbo tax ammend Freedom of Information Act requests. Turbo tax ammend If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. Turbo tax ammend If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. Turbo tax ammend Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. Turbo tax ammend To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. Turbo tax ammend For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. Turbo tax ammend FAX copies. Turbo tax ammend   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). Turbo tax ammend If you choose to file a power of attorney by fax, be sure the appropriate IRS office is equipped to accept this type of transmission. Turbo tax ammend Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. Turbo tax ammend For more information, your representative can go to www. Turbo tax ammend irs. Turbo tax ammend gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. Turbo tax ammend If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. Turbo tax ammend Updating a power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. Turbo tax ammend Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. Turbo tax ammend Do this by sending the updated Form 2848 or non-IRS power of attorney to the IRS office(s) where you previously sent the original(s), including the center where the related return was, or will be filed. Turbo tax ammend   A recognized representative may substitute or delegate authority if you specifically authorize your representative to substitute or delegate representation in the original power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend To make a substitution or delegation, the representative must file the following items with the IRS office(s) where the power of attorney was filed. Turbo tax ammend A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. Turbo tax ammend A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. Turbo tax ammend A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. Turbo tax ammend Retention/Revocation of Prior Power(s) of Attorney A newly filed power of attorney concerning the same matter will revoke a previously filed power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend However, the new power of attorney will not revoke the prior power of attorney if it specifically states it does not revoke such prior power of attorney and either of the following are attached to the new power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend A copy of the unrevoked prior power of attorney, or A statement signed by the taxpayer listing the name and address of each representative authorized under the prior unrevoked power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend Note. Turbo tax ammend The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. Turbo tax ammend Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative If you want to revoke an existing power of attorney and do not want to name a new representative, or if a representative wants to withdraw from representation, mail or fax a copy of the previously executed power of attorney to the IRS, or if the power of attorney is for a specific matter, to the IRS office handling the matter. Turbo tax ammend If the taxpayer is revoking the power of attorney, the taxpayer must write “REVOKE” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. Turbo tax ammend If the representative is withdrawing from the representation, the representative must write “WITHDRAW” across the top of the first page with a current signature and date below this annotation. Turbo tax ammend If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. Turbo tax ammend The statement of revocation or withdrawal must indicate that the authority of the power of attorney is revoked or withdrawn, list the matters and periods, and must be signed and dated by the taxpayer or representative as applicable. Turbo tax ammend If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. Turbo tax ammend When the taxpayer is completely revoking authority, the form should state “remove all years/periods” instead of listing the specific tax matter, years, or periods. Turbo tax ammend If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend To revoke a specific use power of attorney, send the power of attorney or statement of revocation to the IRS office handling your case, using the above instructions. Turbo tax ammend A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. Turbo tax ammend If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required? A power of attorney is not required when the third party is not dealing with the IRS as your representative. Turbo tax ammend The following situations do not require a power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend Providing information to the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. Turbo tax ammend Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. Turbo tax ammend Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. Turbo tax ammend Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. Turbo tax ammend How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. Turbo tax ammend Example. Turbo tax ammend Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. Turbo tax ammend They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. Turbo tax ammend Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. Turbo tax ammend Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. Turbo tax ammend They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. Turbo tax ammend This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. Turbo tax ammend They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. Turbo tax ammend Line 1—Taxpayer information. Turbo tax ammend   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. Turbo tax ammend Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Line 2—Representative(s). Turbo tax ammend   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. Turbo tax ammend Both Stan and Mary want Jim Smith to receive notices and communications concerning the matters identified in line 3, so on their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each checks the box in the first column of line 2. Turbo tax ammend They also enter Mr. Turbo tax ammend Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. Turbo tax ammend Mr. Turbo tax ammend Smith's address, telephone number, and fax number have not changed since the IRS issued his CAF number, so Stan and Mary do not check the boxes in the second column. Turbo tax ammend Line 3—Tax Matters. Turbo tax ammend   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters “income” for the type of tax, “1040” for the form number, and “2009, 2010, and 2011” for the tax years. Turbo tax ammend Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Turbo tax ammend   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary make no entry on this line because they do not want to restrict the use of their powers of attorney to a specific use that is not recorded on the CAF. Turbo tax ammend See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. Turbo tax ammend Line 5—Acts authorized. Turbo tax ammend   Mary wants to sign any agreement that reflects changes to her and Stan's joint 2009, 2010, and 2011 income tax liability, so she writes “Taxpayer must sign any agreement form” on line 5 of her Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. Turbo tax ammend If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. Turbo tax ammend Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. Turbo tax ammend   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. Turbo tax ammend However, if they had filed prior powers of attorney, the filing of this current power would revoke any earlier ones for the same tax matter(s) unless they checked the box on line 6 and attached a copy of the prior power of attorney that they wanted to remain in effect. Turbo tax ammend   If Mary later decides that she can handle the examination on her own, she can revoke her power of attorney even though Stan does not revoke his power of attorney. Turbo tax ammend (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. Turbo tax ammend ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. Turbo tax ammend   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. Turbo tax ammend Part II—Declaration of Representative. Turbo tax ammend   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. Turbo tax ammend What Happens to the Power of Attorney When Filed? A power of attorney will be recognized after it is received, reviewed, and determined by the IRS to contain the required information. Turbo tax ammend However, until a power of attorney is entered on the CAF system, IRS personnel may be unaware of the authority of the person you have named to represent you. Turbo tax ammend Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Turbo tax ammend Please click the link to view the image. Turbo tax ammend Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Turbo tax ammend Please click the link to view the image. Turbo tax ammend Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Turbo tax ammend Please click the link to view the image. Turbo tax ammend Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Turbo tax ammend Please click the link to view the image. Turbo tax ammend Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 Processing and Handling How the power of attorney is processed and handled depends on whether it is a complete or incomplete document. Turbo tax ammend Incomplete document. Turbo tax ammend   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. Turbo tax ammend For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. Turbo tax ammend If information concerning your representative is missing and information sufficient to make a contact (such as an address and/or a telephone number) is on the document, the IRS will try to contact your representative. Turbo tax ammend   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. Turbo tax ammend The individual(s) named as representative(s) will not be recognized to practice before the IRS, on your behalf, until the document is complete and accepted by the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Complete document. Turbo tax ammend   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. Turbo tax ammend In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. Turbo tax ammend Recording the data on the CAF system enables the IRS to direct copies of mailings to authorized representatives and to readily recognize the scope of authority granted. Turbo tax ammend Documents not processed on CAF. Turbo tax ammend   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). Turbo tax ammend For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. Turbo tax ammend These documents remain with the related case files. Turbo tax ammend In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Turbo tax ammend Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. Turbo tax ammend However, if it appears the representative is responsible for unreasonably delaying or hindering the prompt disposition of an IRS matter by failing to furnish, after repeated requests, nonprivileged information, the IRS can contact you directly. Turbo tax ammend For example, in most instances in which a power of attorney is recognized, the IRS will contact the representative to set up appointments and to provide lists of required items. Turbo tax ammend However, if the representative is unavailable, does not respond to repeated requests, and does not provide required items (other than items considered privileged), the IRS can bypass your representative and contact you directly. Turbo tax ammend If a representative engages in conduct described above, the matter can be referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility for consideration of possible disciplinary action. Turbo tax ammend Notices and other correspondence. Turbo tax ammend   If you have a recognized representative, you and the representative will routinely receive notices and other correspondence from the IRS (either the original or a copy) if you checked the box in the left column of line 2 of Form 2848. Turbo tax ammend If the power of attorney is processed on the CAF system, the IRS will send your representative(s) a duplicate of all computer-generated correspondence that is sent to you. Turbo tax ammend This includes notices and letters produced either at the Martinsburg Computing Center, or other IRS centers. Turbo tax ammend The IRS employee handling the case is responsible for ensuring that the original and any requested copies of each manually-generated correspondence are sent to you and your representative(s) in accordance with your authorization. Turbo tax ammend How To Get Tax Help You can get help with unresolved tax issues, order free publications and forms, ask tax questions, and get information from the IRS in several ways. Turbo tax ammend By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Turbo tax ammend Free help with your return. Turbo tax ammend   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Turbo tax ammend The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low and moderate income taxpayers and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is designed to assist taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Turbo tax ammend Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Turbo tax ammend To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Turbo tax ammend gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. 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Turbo tax ammend Tax Changes for Businesses Table of Contents 2001 ChangesNew 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) Electronic Form 1099 Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone Other 2001 Changes 2002 ChangesNonaccrual-Experience Method Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Depletion Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended Work Opportunity Credit Extended Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles Renewable Electricity Production Credit Later ChangesSpecial Depreciation Allowance Extension of Placed in Service Date Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations Indian Employment Credit Extended 2001 Changes New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) If you have an NOL from a tax year ending during 2001 or 2002, you must generally carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 5 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period). Turbo tax ammend However, you can still choose to use the previous carryback period. Turbo tax ammend You also can choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. Turbo tax ammend Individuals, estates, and trusts can file Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. Turbo tax ammend Corporations can file Form 1139, Corporation Application for Tentative Refund. Turbo tax ammend The instructions for these forms will be revised to reflect the new law. Turbo tax ammend Electronic Form 1099 For tax years ending after March 9, 2002, most Forms 1099 can be furnished electronically if the recipient consents, according to IRS regulations, to receive it that way. Turbo tax ammend Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone New tax benefits are provided for the parts of New York City damaged in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Turbo tax ammend These benefits apply to the newly created New York Liberty Zone, which is the area located on or south of Canal Street, East Broadway (east of its intersection with Canal Street), or Grand Street (east of its intersection with East Broadway), in the Borough of Manhattan. Turbo tax ammend Tax benefits for the New York Liberty Zone include the following. Turbo tax ammend A special depreciation allowance equal to 30% of the adjusted basis of qualified Liberty Zone property. Turbo tax ammend It is allowed for the year the property is placed in service. Turbo tax ammend No alternative minimum tax depreciation adjustment for qualified Liberty Zone property. Turbo tax ammend Classification of Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property as 5-year property. Turbo tax ammend Authorization of the issuance of tax-exempt New York Liberty bonds to finance the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, and renovation of nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and public utility property in the Liberty Zone. Turbo tax ammend An increased section 179 deduction for certain Liberty Zone property. Turbo tax ammend Extension of the replacement period from 2 years to 5 years for certain property involuntarily converted as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but only if substantially all of the use of the replacement property is in New York City. Turbo tax ammend For more information about involuntary conversions, see Postponement of Gain in Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts. Turbo tax ammend In addition, for 2002 and 2003, the work opportunity credit is expanded by creating a new targeted group, consisting generally of employees who work in the Liberty Zone or, in certain cases, in New York City outside the Liberty Zone. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone under 2002 Changes, later. Turbo tax ammend For more information about the 30% special depreciation allowance, Liberty Zone leasehold improvement property, or increased section 179 deduction, see New York Liberty Zone Benefits, in chapter 5. Turbo tax ammend In addition, the tax benefits for the Liberty Zone will be covered in a new edition of Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities, available later in 2002. Turbo tax ammend Other 2001 Changes Other changes are discussed in the following chapters. Turbo tax ammend Chapter 4 Car Expenses Chapter 5 Depreciation 2002 Changes Nonaccrual-Experience Method Under current law, if you perform services and use an accrual method of accounting, you do not accrue income which, based on experience, you expect to be uncollectible. Turbo tax ammend Beginning in 2002, this rule only applies if you perform services in the fields of health, law, engineering, architecture, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, and consulting, or your average annual gross receipts for the 3 prior tax years does not exceed $5,000,000. Turbo tax ammend As under current law, the nonaccrual-experience method will not apply to amounts on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. Turbo tax ammend For more information, see Nonaccrual-Experience Method in chapter 11 of Publication 535, Business Expenses. Turbo tax ammend Issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds State and local governments issue qualified zone academy bonds to raise funds for the use of qualified zone academies. Turbo tax ammend The amount of bonds that may be issued was limited to $400 million each year for 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. Turbo tax ammend This provision has been extended to provide for an additional $400 million of bonds to be issued each year for 2002 and 2003. Turbo tax ammend For more information about qualified zone academy bonds, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Turbo tax ammend Depletion The suspension of the taxable income limit on percentage depletion from the marginal production of oil and natural gas that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2001 has been extended to tax years beginning before 2004. Turbo tax ammend For more information on marginal production, see section 613A(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Turbo tax ammend Work Opportunity Credit Expanded in New York Liberty Zone The work opportunity credit is expanded to include a new targeted group consisting generally of employees who perform substantially all their services: In the New York Liberty Zone (defined earlier under Tax Incentives for New York Liberty Zone, under 2001 Changes), or Elsewhere in New York City for a business that relocated from the Liberty Zone due to the destruction or damage of its place of business by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Turbo tax ammend The credit is available to employers for wages paid to new employees and existing employees for work performed during 2002 or 2003. Turbo tax ammend Certain limits apply. Turbo tax ammend For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Turbo tax ammend Credit For Pension Plan Startup Costs The credit for pension plan startup costs is now allowed for plans that become effective after December 31, 2001. Turbo tax ammend Previously, the credit was only allowed for plans established after December 31, 2001. Turbo tax ammend For more information on the credit, see Important Changes for 2002 in Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business. Turbo tax ammend Welfare-to-Work Credit Extended The welfare-to-work credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. Turbo tax ammend For more information on the welfare-to-work credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Turbo tax ammend Work Opportunity Credit Extended The work opportunity credit that was scheduled to expire for wages paid to individuals who began working for you after 2001 has been extended to include wages paid to qualified individuals who begin work for you in 2002 or 2003. Turbo tax ammend For more information about the work opportunity credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Turbo tax ammend Electric and Clean-Fuel Vehicles The maximum clean-fuel vehicle deduction and qualified electric vehicle credit were scheduled to be 25% lower for 2002 and both were scheduled to be phased out completely by 2005. Turbo tax ammend The full deduction and credit are now allowed for qualified property placed in service in 2002 and 2003. Turbo tax ammend The phaseout of the deduction and the credit will begin in 2004, and no deduction or credit will be allowed for property placed in service after 2006. Turbo tax ammend For more information about electric and clean-fuel vehicles, see chapter 12 in Publication 535, Business Expenses. Turbo tax ammend Renewable Electricity Production Credit The renewable electricity production credit is extended to include electricity produced by facilities placed in service after 2001 and before 2004. Turbo tax ammend Later Changes Special Depreciation Allowance You can claim the special depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for new property that you acquire before September 11, 2004, and place in service for your business generally before January 1, 2005, if you meet the other requirements for qualified property covered in chapter 5. Turbo tax ammend Accordingly, you will generally no longer be able to claim the special depreciation allowance for the qualified property if you acquire it after September 10, 2004, or place it in service for your business after December 31, 2004. Turbo tax ammend However, you will be able to claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for most qualified property if you place it in service in the Liberty Zone after December 31, 2004, and generally before January 1, 2007, provided you meet the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property covered in chapter 5. Turbo tax ammend Extension of Placed in Service Date To qualify for the special depreciation allowance, your property must meet certain tests, including the placed in service date test, as well as the other requirements covered in chapter 5 of this publication. Turbo tax ammend To meet the placed in service date test, your property must generally be placed in service for use in your trade or business or for the production of income after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2005. Turbo tax ammend However, certain property placed in service before January 1, 2006, may meet this test. Turbo tax ammend Transportation property and property with a recovery period of 10 years or longer meet the test if one of the following applies. Turbo tax ammend The property has an estimated production period of more than 2 years. Turbo tax ammend The property has an estimated production period of more than 1 year and it costs more than $1 million. Turbo tax ammend Transportation property is any tangible personal property used in the trade or business of transporting persons or property. Turbo tax ammend For property that qualifies for the special depreciation allowance solely because of the one-year extension of the placed in service date, only the part of the basis attributable to manufacture, construction, or production before September 11, 2004, is eligible for the special depreciation allowance. Turbo tax ammend Special Liberty Zone Depreciation Allowance for New and Used Property You can claim the special Liberty Zone depreciation allowance (an additional 30% depreciation deduction) for used property that you acquire after September 10, 2001, if the property meets the requirements listed under Qualified Liberty Zone Property in chapter 5 of this publication. Turbo tax ammend You will be able to claim the allowance for both new and used property that you acquire after September 10, 2004, provided the property meets the other requirements for qualified Liberty Zone property. Turbo tax ammend Depreciation of Property Used on Indian Reservations The special depreciation rules that apply to qualified property used on an Indian reservation were scheduled to expire for property placed in service after 2003. Turbo tax ammend These special rules have been extended to include property placed in service in 2004. Turbo tax ammend For more information about these rules, see Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property. Turbo tax ammend Indian Employment Credit Extended The Indian employment credit that was scheduled to expire for tax years beginning after 2003 has been extended to include a tax year beginning in 2004. Turbo tax ammend For more information about this credit, see Publication 954, Tax Incentives for Empowerment Zones and Other Distressed Communities. Turbo tax ammend Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications