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Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Attorneys. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Certified public accountants (CPAs). Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Enrolled agents. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Enrolled retirement plan agents. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Enrolled actuaries. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Student. Filing an amended tax return for 2011    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Form 8821. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Practice denied. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Other individuals who may serve as representatives. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 An individual. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A family member. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 An officer. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A partner. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 An employee. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A fiduciary. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See section 10. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Students in LITCs and the STCP. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Failure to meet requirements. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Inactive roster. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Inactive retirement status. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Suspension and disbarment. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form 2587. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form 23 and Form 23-EP. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form 5434. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Period of enrollment. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 F. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 R. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 230 (Circular 230). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Duty to advise. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Due diligence. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Delays. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Performance as a notary. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 30 of Circular 230. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 3(f). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Acts performed. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Represent you before any office of the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Sign a closing agreement. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Signing your return. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 6012-1(a)(5)). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Limitation on substitution or delegation. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Disclosure of returns to a third party. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Incapacity or incompetency. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your representative must complete that part of the form. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Non-IRS powers of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your name and mailing address. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your social security number and/or employer identification number. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your employee plan number, if applicable. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The name and mailing address of your representative(s). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The types of tax involved. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The federal tax form number. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your signature and date. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 502(b). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Required information missing. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Example. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line-by-line hints. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 1—Taxpayer information. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 2—Representative(s). Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Only individuals may be named as representatives. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Enter your representative's fax number if available. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 3—Tax matters. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Corporate dissolutions. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Requests for change of accounting method. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Requests for change of accounting period. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Freedom of Information Act requests. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 FAX copies. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For more information, your representative can go to www. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 irs. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Updating a power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Note. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The following situations do not require a power of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Providing information to the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Example. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 1—Taxpayer information. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 2—Representative(s). Filing an amended tax return for 2011   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 They also enter Mr. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Mr. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 3—Tax Matters. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 5—Acts authorized. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Part II—Declaration of Representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Please click the link to view the image. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Incomplete document. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Complete document. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Documents not processed on CAF. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). Filing an amended tax return for 2011 For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 These documents remain with the related case files. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Notices and other correspondence. Filing an amended tax return for 2011   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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 This includes notices and letters produced either at the Martinsburg Computing Center, or other IRS centers. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 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. 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Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you need to resolve a tax problem, have questions about how the tax law applies to your individual tax return, or you are more comfortable talking with someone in person, visit your local Taxpayer Assistance Center where you can spread out your records and talk with an IRS representative face-to-face. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 No appointment is necessary—just walk in. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you prefer, you can call your local Center and leave a message requesting an appointment to resolve a tax account issue. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 A representative will call you back within 2 business days to schedule an in-person appointment at your convenience. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 If you have an ongoing, complex tax account problem or a special need, such as a disability, an appointment can be requested. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 All other issues will be handled without an appointment. 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Understanding your CP01 Notice

We received the information that you provided and have verified your claim of identity theft. We have placed an identity theft indicator on your account.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

Tax publications you may find useful

How to get help

Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.

You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).

Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
 


What you need to do

  • You need take no further action except continue to file your federal income tax returns as required by law.

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Answers to Common Questions

What effect does the Identity Theft Indicator have on my account?
The indicator assists the IRS in identifying you as the valid owner of the Social Security Number (SSN) that is shown on your tax return. The indicator has no effect on your ability to file your tax return, make payments, or receive a refund.

What happens if someone else uses my SSN to file a fraudulent tax return?
The indicator that was placed on your account will alert us to research to make sure that a tax return filed with your SSN is valid. If the tax return is found to be invalid, we won't process it.

How long does the indicator remain on my account?
Because you were a victim of identity theft, to protect your tax account, the indicator will remain on your account unless you specifically request that it be removed.

Who should I contact if I have more questions about my account related to identity theft?
The Identity Theft Specialized Unit can assist you with questions regarding identity theft related to your account. You may call them at 1-800-908-4490. The number can also be found on your notice. For all other tax account related questions contact the IRS help desk at 1-800-829-1040.

Where can I find more information on preventing identity theft?


Tips for next year

File your return as you normally would. If we find that someone is attempting to use your SSN for filing a tax return we will notify you and provide you with a PIN to use when filing your return.

 

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The Filing An Amended Tax Return For 2011

Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Publication 584 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Introduction How To Use This Workbook What's New Future developments. Filing an amended tax return for 2011  The IRS has created a page on IRS. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 gov for information about Publication 584, at www. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 irs. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 gov/pub584. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Information about any future developments affecting Publication 584 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Introduction This workbook is designed to help you figure your loss on personal-use property in the event of a disaster, casualty, or theft. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 It contains schedules to help you figure the loss to your main home, its contents, and your motor vehicles. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 However, these schedules are for your information only. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 You must complete Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, to report your loss. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 How To Use This Workbook You can use this workbook by following these five steps. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Read Publication 547 to learn about the tax rules for casualties, disasters, and thefts. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Know the definitions of cost or other basis and fair market value, discussed later. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Fill out Schedules 1 through 20. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Read the instructions for Form 4684. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Fill out Form 4684 using the information you entered in Schedules 1 through 20. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Use the chart below to find out how to use Schedules 1 through 19 to fill out Form 4684. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Take what's in each row of. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 . Filing an amended tax return for 2011 . Filing an amended tax return for 2011 And enter it on Form 4684. Filing an amended tax return for 2011 . Filing an amended tax return for 2011 . Filing an amended tax return for 2011 Column 1 Line 1 Column 2 Line 2 Column 3 Line 3 Column 4 Line 4 Column 5 Line 5 Column 6 Line 6 Column 7 Line 7 Column 8 Line 8 Column 9 Line 9 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications