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Hr block free tax filing 16. Hr block free tax filing   Reporting Gains and Losses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Reporting Capital Gains and Losses Exception 1. Hr block free tax filing Exception 2. Hr block free tax filing File Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Capital Losses Capital Gain Tax Rates What's New Maximum capital gain rates. Hr block free tax filing . Hr block free tax filing  For 2013, the maximum capital gain rates are 0%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 28%. Hr block free tax filing Introduction This chapter discusses how to report capital gains and losses from sales, exchanges, and other dispositions of investment property on Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing The discussion includes the following topics. Hr block free tax filing How to report short-term gains and losses. Hr block free tax filing How to report long-term gains and losses. Hr block free tax filing How to figure capital loss carryovers. Hr block free tax filing How to figure your tax on a net capital gain. Hr block free tax filing If you sell or otherwise dispose of property used in a trade or business or for the production of income, see Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets, before completing Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 537 Installment Sales 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property 6252 Installment Sale Income 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses Reporting Capital Gains and Losses Generally, report capital gains and losses on Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing Complete Form 8949 before you complete line 1b, 2, 3, 8b, 9, or 10 of Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing Use Form 8949 to report: The sale or exchange of a capital asset not reported on another form or schedule; Gains from involuntary conversions (other than from casualty or theft) of capital assets not held for business or profit; and Nonbusiness bad debts. Hr block free tax filing Use Schedule D (Form 1040): To figure the overall gain or loss from transactions reported on Form 8949; To report a gain from Form 6252 or Part I of Form 4797; To report a gain or loss from Form 4684, 6781, or 8824; To report capital gain distributions not reported directly on Form 1040 or Form 1040A; To report a capital loss carryover from the previous tax year to the current tax year; To report your share of a gain or (loss) from a partnership, S corporation, estate, or trust; To report transactions reported to you on a Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) showing basis was reported to the IRS and to which none of the Form 8949 adjustments or codes apply; and To report undistributed long-term capital gains from Form 2439. Hr block free tax filing On Form 8949, enter all sales and exchanges of capital assets, including stocks, bonds, etc. Hr block free tax filing , and real estate (if not reported on Form 4684, 4797, 6252, 6781, 8824, or line 1a or 8a of Schedule D). Hr block free tax filing Include these transactions even if you did not receive a Form 1099-B or 1099-S (or substitute statement) for the transaction. Hr block free tax filing Report short-term gains or losses in Part I. Hr block free tax filing Report long-term gains or losses in Part II. Hr block free tax filing Use as many Forms 8949 as you need. Hr block free tax filing Exceptions to filing Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing   There are certain situations where you may not have to file Form 8949 and/or Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing Exception 1. Hr block free tax filing   You do not have to file Form 8949 or Schedule D (Form 1040) if you have no capital losses and your only capital gains are capital gain distributions from Form(s) 1099-DIV, box 2a (or substitute statements). Hr block free tax filing (If any Form(s) 1099-DIV (or substitute statements) you receive have an amount in box 2b (unrecaptured section 1250 gain), box 2c (section 1202 gain), or box 2d (collectibles (28%) gain), you do not qualify for this exception. Hr block free tax filing ) If you qualify for this exception, report your capital gain distributions directly on line 13 of Form 1040 (and check the box on line 13). Hr block free tax filing Also use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet in the Form 1040 instructions to figure your tax. Hr block free tax filing You can report your capital gain distributions on line 10 of Form 1040A, instead of on Form 1040, if none of the Forms 1099-DIV (or substitute statements) you received have an amount in box 2b, 2c, or 2d, and you do not have to file Form 1040. Hr block free tax filing Exception 2. Hr block free tax filing   You must file Schedule D (Form 1040), but generally do not have to file Form 8949, if Exception 1 does not apply and your only capital gains and losses are: Capital gain distributions; A capital loss carryover; A gain from Form 2439 or 6252 or Part I of Form 4797; A gain or loss from Form 4684, 6781, or 8824; A gain or loss from a partnership, S corporation, estate, or trust; or Gains and losses from transactions for which you received a Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) that shows the basis was reported to the IRS and for which you do not need to make any adjustments in column (g) of Form 8949 or enter any codes in column (f) of Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing Installment sales. Hr block free tax filing   You cannot use the installment method to report a gain from the sale of stock or securities traded on an established securities market. Hr block free tax filing You must report the entire gain in the year of sale (the year in which the trade date occurs). Hr block free tax filing Passive activity gains and losses. Hr block free tax filing    If you have gains or losses from a passive activity, you may also have to report them on Form 8582. Hr block free tax filing In some cases, the loss may be limited under the passive activity rules. Hr block free tax filing Refer to Form 8582 and its instructions for more information about reporting capital gains and losses from a passive activity. Hr block free tax filing Form 1099-B transactions. Hr block free tax filing   If you sold property, such as stocks, bonds, or certain commodities, through a broker, you should receive Form 1099-B or substitute statement from the broker. Hr block free tax filing Use the Form 1099-B or the substitute statement to complete Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing If you sold a covered security in 2013, your broker should send you a Form 1099-B (or substitute statement) that shows your basis. Hr block free tax filing This will help you complete Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing Generally, a covered security is a security you acquired after 2010. Hr block free tax filing   Report the gross proceeds shown in box 2a of Form 1099-B as the sales price in column (d) of either Part I or Part II of Form 8949, whichever applies. Hr block free tax filing However, if the broker advises you, in box 2a of Form 1099-B, that gross proceeds (sales price) less commissions and option premiums were reported to the IRS, enter that net sales price in column (d) of either Part I or Part II of Form 8949, whichever applies. Hr block free tax filing    Include in column (g) any expense of sale, such as broker's fees, commissions, state and local transfer taxes, and option premiums, unless you reported the net sales price in column (d). Hr block free tax filing If you include an expense of sale in column (g), enter “E” in column (f). Hr block free tax filing Form 1099-CAP transactions. Hr block free tax filing   If a corporation in which you own stock has had a change in control or a substantial change in capital structure, you should receive Form 1099-CAP or a substitute statement from the corporation. Hr block free tax filing Use the Form 1099-CAP or substitute statement to fill in Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing If your computations show that you would have a loss because of the change, do not enter any amounts on Form 8949 or Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing You cannot claim a loss on Schedule D (Form 1040) as a result of this transaction. Hr block free tax filing   Report the aggregate amount received shown in box 2 of Form 1099-CAP as the sales price in column (d) of either Part I or Part II of Form 8949, whichever applies. Hr block free tax filing Form 1099-S transactions. Hr block free tax filing   If you sold or traded reportable real estate, you generally should receive from the real estate reporting person a Form 1099-S showing the gross proceeds. Hr block free tax filing    “Reportable real estate” is defined as any present or future ownership interest in any of the following: Improved or unimproved land, including air space; Inherently permanent structures, including any residential, commercial, or industrial building; A condominium unit and its accessory fixtures and common elements, including land; and Stock in a cooperative housing corporation (as defined in section 216 of the Internal Revenue Code). Hr block free tax filing   A “real estate reporting person” could include the buyer's attorney, your attorney, the title or escrow company, a mortgage lender, your broker, the buyer's broker, or the person acquiring the biggest interest in the property. Hr block free tax filing   Your Form 1099-S will show the gross proceeds from the sale or exchange in box 2. Hr block free tax filing See the Instructions for Form 8949 and the Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1040) for how to report these transactions and include them in Part I or Part II of Form 8949 as appropriate. Hr block free tax filing However, report like-kind exchanges on Form 8824 instead. Hr block free tax filing   It is unlawful for any real estate reporting person to separately charge you for complying with the requirement to file Form 1099-S. Hr block free tax filing Nominees. Hr block free tax filing   If you receive gross proceeds as a nominee (that is, the gross proceeds are in your name but actually belong to someone else), see the Instructions for Form 8949 for how to report these amounts on Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing File Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing   If you received gross proceeds as a nominee in 2013, you must file a Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S for those proceeds with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Send the Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S with a Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U. Hr block free tax filing S. Hr block free tax filing Information Returns, to your Internal Revenue Service Center by February 28, 2014 (March 31, 2014, if you file Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S electronically). Hr block free tax filing Give the actual owner of the proceeds Copy B of the Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S by February 18, 2014. Hr block free tax filing On Form 1099-B, you should be listed as the “Payer. Hr block free tax filing ” The other owner should be listed as the “Recipient. Hr block free tax filing ” On Form 1099-S, you should be listed as the “Filer. Hr block free tax filing ” The other owner should be listed as the “Transferor. Hr block free tax filing ” You do not have to file a Form 1099-B or Form 1099-S to show proceeds for your spouse. Hr block free tax filing For more information about the reporting requirements and the penalties for failure to file (or furnish) certain information returns, see the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. Hr block free tax filing If you are filing electronically see Publication 1220. Hr block free tax filing Sale of property bought at various times. Hr block free tax filing   If you sell a block of stock or other property that you bought at various times, report the short-term gain or loss from the sale on one row in Part I of Form 8949, and the long-term gain or loss on one row in Part II of Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing Write “Various” in column (b) for the “Date acquired. Hr block free tax filing ” Sale expenses. Hr block free tax filing    On Form 8949, include in column (g) any expense of sale, such as broker's fees, commissions, state and local transfer taxes, and option premiums, unless you reported the net sales price in column (d). Hr block free tax filing If you include an expense of sale in column (g), enter “E” in column (f). Hr block free tax filing   For more information about adjustments to basis, see chapter 13. Hr block free tax filing Short-term gains and losses. Hr block free tax filing   Capital gain or loss on the sale or trade of investment property held 1 year or less is a short-term capital gain or loss. Hr block free tax filing You report it in Part I of Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing   You combine your share of short-term capital gain or loss from partnerships, S corporations, estates, and trusts, and any short-term capital loss carryover, with your other short-term capital gains and losses to figure your net short-term capital gain or loss on line 7 of Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing Long-term gains and losses. Hr block free tax filing    A capital gain or loss on the sale or trade of investment property held more than 1 year is a long-term capital gain or loss. Hr block free tax filing You report it in Part II of Form 8949. Hr block free tax filing   You report the following in Part II of Schedule D (Form 1040): Undistributed long-term capital gains from a mutual fund (or other regulated investment company) or real estate investment trust (REIT); Your share of long-term capital gains or losses from partnerships, S corporations, estates, and trusts; All capital gain distributions from mutual funds and REITs not reported directly on line 10 of Form 1040A or line 13 of Form 1040; and Long-term capital loss carryovers. Hr block free tax filing    The result after combining these items with your other long-term capital gains and losses is your net long-term capital gain or loss (Schedule D (Form 1040), line 15). Hr block free tax filing Total net gain or loss. Hr block free tax filing   To figure your total net gain or loss, combine your net short-term capital gain or loss (Schedule D (Form 1040), line 7) with your net long-term capital gain or loss (Schedule D (Form 1040), line 15). Hr block free tax filing Enter the result on Schedule D (Form 1040), Part III, line 16. Hr block free tax filing If your losses are more than your gains, see Capital Losses , next. Hr block free tax filing If both lines 15 and 16 of your Schedule D (Form 1040) are gains and your taxable income on your Form 1040 is more than zero, see Capital Gain Tax Rates , later. Hr block free tax filing Capital Losses If your capital losses are more than your capital gains, you can claim a capital loss deduction. Hr block free tax filing Report the amount of the deduction on line 13 of Form 1040, in parentheses. Hr block free tax filing Limit on deduction. Hr block free tax filing   Your allowable capital loss deduction, figured on Schedule D (Form 1040), is the lesser of: $3,000 ($1,500 if you are married and file a separate return); or Your total net loss as shown on line 16 of Schedule D (Form 1040). Hr block free tax filing   You can use your total net loss to reduce your income dollar for dollar, up to the $3,000 limit. Hr block free tax filing Capital loss carryover. Hr block free tax filing   If you have a total net loss on line 16 of Schedule D (Form 1040) that is more than the yearly limit on capital loss deductions, you can carry over the unused part to the next year and treat it as if you had incurred it in that next year. Hr block free tax filing If part of the loss is still unused, you can carry it over to later years until it is completely used up. Hr block free tax filing   When you figure the amount of any capital loss carryover to the next year, you must take the current year's allowable deduction into account, whether or not you claimed it and whether or not you filed a return for the current year. Hr block free tax filing   When you carry over a loss, it remains long term or short term. Hr block free tax filing A long-term capital loss you carry over to the next tax year will reduce that year's long-term capital gains before it reduces that year's short-term capital gains. Hr block free tax filing Figuring your carryover. Hr block free tax filing   The amount of your capital loss carryover is the amount of your total net loss that is more than the lesser of: Your allowable capital loss deduction for the year; or Your taxable income increased by your allowable capital loss deduction for the year and your deduction for personal exemptions. Hr block free tax filing   If your deductions are more than your gross income for the tax year, use your negative taxable income in computing the amount in item (2). Hr block free tax filing    Complete the Capital Loss Carryover Worksheet in the Instructions for Schedule D or Publication 550 to determine the part of your capital loss that you can carry over. Hr block free tax filing Example. Hr block free tax filing Bob and Gloria sold securities in 2013. Hr block free tax filing The sales resulted in a capital loss of $7,000. Hr block free tax filing They had no other capital transactions. Hr block free tax filing Their taxable income was $26,000. Hr block free tax filing On their joint 2013 return, they can deduct $3,000. Hr block free tax filing The unused part of the loss, $4,000 ($7,000 − $3,000), can be carried over to 2014. Hr block free tax filing If their capital loss had been $2,000, their capital loss deduction would have been $2,000. Hr block free tax filing They would have no carryover. Hr block free tax filing Use short-term losses first. Hr block free tax filing   When you figure your capital loss carryover, use your short-term capital losses first, even if you incurred them after a long-term capital loss. Hr block free tax filing If you have not reached the limit on the capital loss deduction after using the short-term capital losses, use the long-term capital losses until you reach the limit. Hr block free tax filing Decedent's capital loss. Hr block free tax filing    A capital loss sustained by a decedent during his or her last tax year (or carried over to that year from an earlier year) can be deducted only on the final income tax return filed for the decedent. Hr block free tax filing The capital loss limits discussed earlier still apply in this situation. Hr block free tax filing The decedent's estate cannot deduct any of the loss or carry it over to following years. Hr block free tax filing Joint and separate returns. Hr block free tax filing   If you and your spouse once filed separate returns and are now filing a joint return, combine your separate capital loss carryovers. Hr block free tax filing However, if you and your spouse once filed a joint return and are now filing separate returns, any capital loss carryover from the joint return can be deducted only on the return of the spouse who actually had the loss. Hr block free tax filing Capital Gain Tax Rates The tax rates that apply to a net capital gain are generally lower than the tax rates that apply to other income. Hr block free tax filing These lower rates are called the maximum capital gain rates. Hr block free tax filing The term “net capital gain” means the amount by which your net long-term capital gain for the year is more than your net short-term capital loss. Hr block free tax filing For 2013, the maximum capital gain rates are 0%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 28%. Hr block free tax filing See Table 16-1 for details. Hr block free tax filing If you figure your tax using the maximum capital gain rate and the regular tax computation results in a lower tax, the regular tax computation applies. Hr block free tax filing Example. Hr block free tax filing All of your net capital gain is from selling collectibles, so the capital gain rate would be 28%. Hr block free tax filing If you are otherwise subject to a rate lower than 28%, the 28% rate does not apply. Hr block free tax filing Investment interest deducted. Hr block free tax filing   If you claim a deduction for investment interest, you may have to reduce the amount of your net capital gain that is eligible for the capital gain tax rates. Hr block free tax filing Reduce it by the amount of the net capital gain you choose to include in investment income when figuring the limit on your investment interest deduction. Hr block free tax filing This is done on the Schedule D Tax Worksheet or the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet. Hr block free tax filing For more information about the limit on investment interest, see Interest Expenses in chapter 3 of Publication 550. Hr block free tax filing Table 16-1. Hr block free tax filing What Is Your Maximum Capital Gain Rate? IF your net capital gain is from . Hr block free tax filing . Hr block free tax filing . Hr block free tax filing THEN your  maximum capital gain rate is . Hr block free tax filing . Hr block free tax filing . Hr block free tax filing a collectibles gain 28% an eligible gain on qualified small business stock minus the section 1202 exclusion 28% an unrecaptured section 1250 gain 25% other gain1 and the regular tax rate that would apply is 39. Hr block free tax filing 6% 20% other gain1 and the regular tax rate that would apply is 25%, 28%, 33%, or 35% 15% other gain1 and the regular tax rate that would apply is 10% or 15% 0% 1 Other gain means any gain that is not collectibles gain, gain on qualified small business stock, or unrecaptured section 1250 gain. Hr block free tax filing     Collectibles gain or loss. Hr block free tax filing   This is gain or loss from the sale or trade of a work of art, rug, antique, metal (such as gold, silver, and platinum bullion), gem, stamp, coin, or alcoholic beverage held more than 1 year. Hr block free tax filing   Collectibles gain includes gain from sale of an interest in a partnership, S corporation, or trust due to unrealized appreciation of collectibles. Hr block free tax filing Gain on qualified small business stock. Hr block free tax filing    If you realized a gain from qualified small business stock that you held more than 5 years, you generally can exclude some or all of your gain under section 1202. Hr block free tax filing The eligible gain minus your section 1202 exclusion is a 28% rate gain. Hr block free tax filing See Gains on Qualified Small Business Stock in chapter 4 of Publication 550. Hr block free tax filing Unrecaptured section 1250 gain. Hr block free tax filing    Generally, this is any part of your capital gain from selling section 1250 property (real property) that is due to depreciation (but not more than your net section 1231 gain), reduced by any net loss in the 28% group. Hr block free tax filing Use the Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain Worksheet in the Schedule D (Form 1040) instructions to figure your unrecaptured section 1250 gain. Hr block free tax filing For more information about section 1250 property and section 1231 gain, see chapter 3 of Publication 544. Hr block free tax filing Tax computation using maximum capital gain rates. Hr block free tax filing   Use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet or the Schedule D Tax Worksheet (whichever applies) to figure your tax if you have qualified dividends or net capital gain. Hr block free tax filing You have net capital gain if Schedule D (Form 1040), lines 15 and 16, are both gains. Hr block free tax filing Schedule D Tax Worksheet. Hr block free tax filing   Use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet in the Schedule D (Form 1040) instructions to figure your tax if: You have to file Schedule D (Form 1040); and Schedule D (Form 1040), line 18 (28% rate gain) or line 19 (unrecaptured section 1250 gain), is more than zero. Hr block free tax filing Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet. Hr block free tax filing   If you do not have to use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet (as explained above) and any of the following apply, use the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040 or Form 1040A (whichever you file) to figure your tax. Hr block free tax filing You received qualified dividends. Hr block free tax filing (See Qualified Dividends in chapter 8. Hr block free tax filing ) You do not have to file Schedule D (Form 1040) and you received capital gain distributions. Hr block free tax filing (See Exceptions to filing Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040) , earlier. Hr block free tax filing ) Schedule D (Form 1040), lines 15 and 16, are both more than zero. Hr block free tax filing Alternative minimum tax. Hr block free tax filing   These capital gain rates are also used in figuring alternative minimum tax. Hr block free tax filing Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Hr block free tax filing The Office of Professional Responsibility generally has responsibility for matters related to practitioner conduct and exclusive responsibility for discipline, including disciplinary proceedings and sanctions. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing What Is Practice Before the IRS? Practice before the IRS covers all matters relating to any of the following. Hr block free tax filing Communicating with the IRS for a taxpayer regarding the taxpayer's rights, privileges, or liabilities under laws and regulations administered by the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Representing a taxpayer at conferences, hearings, or meetings with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Preparing and filing documents, including tax returns, with the IRS for a taxpayer. Hr block free tax filing Providing a client with written advice which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Hr block free tax filing Furnishing information at the request of the IRS or appearing as a witness for the taxpayer is not practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Who Can Practice Before the IRS? The following individuals can practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Form 2848 can be used for this purpose. Hr block free tax filing Attorneys. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Certified public accountants (CPAs). Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Enrolled agents. Hr block free tax filing   Any enrolled agent in active status who is not currently under suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS may practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Enrolled retirement plan agents. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Enrolled actuaries. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Student. Hr block free tax filing    Under certain circumstances, a student who is supervised by a practitioner may request permission to represent another person before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing For more information, see Authorization for special appearances, later. Hr block free tax filing Registered tax return preparers and unenrolled return preparers. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing See Form 8821. Hr block free tax filing Practice denied. Hr block free tax filing   Any individual engaged in limited practice before the IRS who is involved in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Other individuals who may serve as representatives. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing An individual. Hr block free tax filing An individual can represent himself or herself before the IRS and does not have to file a written declaration of qualification and authority. Hr block free tax filing A family member. Hr block free tax filing An individual can represent members of his or her immediate family. Hr block free tax filing Immediate family includes a spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister of the individual. Hr block free tax filing An officer. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing A partner. Hr block free tax filing A general partner may represent the partnership before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing An employee. Hr block free tax filing A regular full-time employee can represent his or her employer. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing A fiduciary. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing See Fiduciary under When Is a Power of Attorney Not Required, later. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing See section 10. Hr block free tax filing 7(c)(1)(vii) of Circular 230. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The prospective representative must request this authorization in writing from the Office of Professional Responsibility. Hr block free tax filing However, it is granted only when extremely compelling circumstances exist. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The issuance of a CAF number does not indicate that an individual is either recognized or authorized to practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing It merely confirms that a centralized file for authorizations has been established for the individual under that number. Hr block free tax filing Students in LITCs and the STCP. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Authorization requests must be made to the Office of Professional Responsibility. Hr block free tax filing If granted, a letter authorizing the student's special appearance and detailing any conditions related to the appearance will be issued. Hr block free tax filing Students receiving an authorization letter generally can represent taxpayers before any IRS function or office subject to any conditions in the authorization letter. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If an individual loses eligibility to practice, the IRS will not recognize a power of attorney that names the individual as a representative. Hr block free tax filing Corporations, associations, partnerships, and other persons that are not individuals. Hr block free tax filing   These organizations (or persons) are not eligible to practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Loss of Eligibility Generally, individuals lose their eligibility to practice before the IRS in the following ways. Hr block free tax filing Not meeting the requirements for renewal of enrollment (such as continuing professional education). Hr block free tax filing Requesting to be placed in inactive retirement status. Hr block free tax filing Being suspended or disbarred by the Office of Professional Responsibility for violating the regulations governing practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Failure to meet requirements. Hr block free tax filing   Individuals who fail to comply with the requirements for eligibility for renewal of enrollment will be notified by the IRS. Hr block free tax filing The notice will explain the reason for noncompliance and provide the individual with an opportunity to furnish information for reconsideration. Hr block free tax filing The individual has 60 days from the date of the notice to respond. Hr block free tax filing Inactive roster. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing The individual must file an application for renewal and satisfy all requirements for renewal after being placed in inactive status. Hr block free tax filing Otherwise, at the conclusion of the next renewal cycle, he or she will be removed from the roster and the enrollment or registration terminated. Hr block free tax filing Inactive retirement status. Hr block free tax filing   Individuals who request to be placed in an inactive retirement status will be ineligible to practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing They must continue to adhere to all renewal requirements. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Suspension and disbarment. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing This includes engaging in acts of disreputable conduct. Hr block free tax filing For more information, see Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct under What are the Rules of Practice, later. Hr block free tax filing   Practitioners who are suspended in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS during the period of suspension. Hr block free tax filing See What Is Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Hr block free tax filing   Practitioners who are disbarred in a disciplinary proceeding are not allowed to practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing However, a practitioner can seek reinstatement from the Office of Professional Responsibility five years after disbarment. Hr block free tax filing   If the practitioner seeks reinstatement, he or she may not practice before the IRS until the Office of Professional Responsibility authorizes reinstatement. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Enrollment also can be granted to an applicant who qualifies because of past service and technical experience in the IRS. Hr block free tax filing In either case, certain application forms, discussed next, must be filed. Hr block free tax filing Additionally, an applicant must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing See Incompetence and Disreputable Conduct, later. Hr block free tax filing Form 2587. Hr block free tax filing   Applicants can apply to take the special enrollment examination by filing Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination. Hr block free tax filing Form 2587 can be filed online, by mail, or by fax. Hr block free tax filing For more information, see instructions and fees listed on the form. Hr block free tax filing To get Form 2587, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Hr block free tax filing Form 23 and Form 23-EP. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 23 or Form 23-EP. Hr block free tax filing Alternatively, payment may be made electronically pursuant to instructions on the forms. Hr block free tax filing To get Form 23 or Form 23-EP, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Hr block free tax filing Form 5434. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing The application must include a check or money order in the amount of the fee shown on Form 5434. Hr block free tax filing To get Form 5434, see How To Get Tax Help, later. Hr block free tax filing Period of enrollment. Hr block free tax filing   An enrollment card will be issued to each individual whose enrollment application is approved. Hr block free tax filing The individual is enrolled until the expiration date shown on the enrollment card or certificate. Hr block free tax filing 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). Hr block free tax filing What Are the Rules of Practice? The rules governing practice before the IRS are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 31 C. Hr block free tax filing F. Hr block free tax filing R. Hr block free tax filing part 10 and reprinted in Treasury Department Circular No. Hr block free tax filing 230 (Circular 230). Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing In addition, a practitioner cannot engage in disreputable conduct (discussed later). Hr block free tax filing Any practitioner who does not comply with the rules of practice or engages in disreputable conduct is subject to disciplinary action. Hr block free tax filing Also, unenrolled preparers must comply with the rules of practice and conduct to exercise the privilege of limited practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing See Publication 470 for a discussion of the special rules for limited practice by unenrolled preparers. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Communications regarding corporate tax shelters. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Duty to advise. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Due diligence. Hr block free tax filing   A practitioner must exercise due diligence when performing the following duties. Hr block free tax filing Preparing or assisting in the preparing, approving, and filing of returns, documents, affidavits, and other papers relating to IRS matters. Hr block free tax filing Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to the Department of the Treasury. Hr block free tax filing Determining the correctness of oral or written representations made by him or her to clients with reference to any matter administered by the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Restrictions Practitioners are restricted from engaging in certain practices. Hr block free tax filing The following paragraphs discuss some of these restricted practices. Hr block free tax filing Delays. Hr block free tax filing   A practitioner must not unreasonably delay the prompt disposition of any matter before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Assistance from disbarred or suspended persons and former IRS employees. Hr block free tax filing   A practitioner must not knowingly, directly or indirectly, do the following. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Accept assistance from any former government employee where provisions of Circular 230 or any federal law would be violated. Hr block free tax filing Performance as a notary. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Negotiations of taxpayer refund checks. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The following list contains examples of conduct that is considered disreputable. Hr block free tax filing Being convicted of any criminal offense under the revenue laws or of any offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust. Hr block free tax filing Knowingly giving false or misleading information in connection with federal tax matters, or participating in such activity. Hr block free tax filing Soliciting employment by prohibited means as discussed in section 10. Hr block free tax filing 30 of Circular 230. Hr block free tax filing Willfully failing to file a federal tax return, evading or attempting to evade any federal tax or payment, or participating in such actions. Hr block free tax filing Misappropriating, or failing to properly and promptly remit, funds received from clients for payment of taxes or other obligations due the United States. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Knowingly aiding and abetting another person to practice before the IRS during a period of suspension, disbarment, or ineligibility of that other person. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing A practitioner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the rules before any disciplinary action is taken. Hr block free tax filing Authorizing a Representative You may either represent yourself, or you may authorize an individual to represent you before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing If you chose to have someone represent you, your representative must be a person eligible to practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing See Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier. Hr block free tax filing What Is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is your written authorization for an individual to act on your behalf. Hr block free tax filing If the authorization is not limited, the individual generally can perform all acts that you can perform. Hr block free tax filing The authority granted to a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled preparer is limited. Hr block free tax filing For information on the limits regarding registered tax return preparers, see Circular 230 §10. Hr block free tax filing 3(f). Hr block free tax filing For information on the limits regarding unenrolled preparers, see Publication 470. Hr block free tax filing Acts performed. Hr block free tax filing   Any representative, other than a registered tax return preparer or an unenrolled return preparer, can usually perform the following acts. Hr block free tax filing Represent you before any office of the IRS. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Sign a consent to extend the statutory time period for assessment or collection of a tax. Hr block free tax filing Sign a closing agreement. Hr block free tax filing Signing your return. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 6012-1(a)(5)). Hr block free tax filing You specifically authorize this in your power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing For example, the regulation permits a representative to sign your return if you are unable to sign the return due to: Disease or injury. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Other good cause if specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing For more information, see the Form 2848 instructions. Hr block free tax filing Limitation on substitution or delegation. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing   After a substitution has been made, only the newly recognized representative will be recognized as the taxpayer's representative. Hr block free tax filing If a delegation of power has been made, both the original and the delegated representative will be recognized by the IRS to represent you. Hr block free tax filing Disclosure of returns to a third party. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Incapacity or incompetency. Hr block free tax filing   A power of attorney is generally terminated if you become incapacitated or incompetent. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing See Non-IRS powers of attorney, later. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Represent you at a meeting with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Prepare and file a written response to the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Form Required Use Form 2848 to appoint a recognized representative to act on your behalf before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Individuals recognized to practice before the IRS are listed under Part II, Declaration of Representative, of Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing Your representative must complete that part of the form. Hr block free tax filing Non-IRS powers of attorney. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing For more information, see Processing a non-IRS power of attorney, later. Hr block free tax filing   If you want to use a power of attorney document other than Form 2848, it must contain the following information. Hr block free tax filing Your name and mailing address. Hr block free tax filing Your social security number and/or employer identification number. Hr block free tax filing Your employee plan number, if applicable. Hr block free tax filing The name and mailing address of your representative(s). Hr block free tax filing The types of tax involved. Hr block free tax filing The federal tax form number. Hr block free tax filing The specific year(s) or period(s) involved. Hr block free tax filing For estate tax matters, the decedent's date of death. Hr block free tax filing A clear expression of your intention concerning the scope of authority granted to your representative(s). Hr block free tax filing Your signature and date. Hr block free tax filing You also must attach to the non-IRS power of attorney a signed and dated statement made by your representative. Hr block free tax filing This statement, which is referred to as the Declaration of Representative, is contained in Part II of Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 502(b). Hr block free tax filing Required information missing. Hr block free tax filing   The IRS will not accept your non-IRS power of attorney if it does not contain all the information listed above. Hr block free tax filing You can sign and submit a completed Form 2848 or a new non-IRS power of attorney that contains all the information. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Procedure for perfecting a non-IRS power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing   Under the following conditions, the attorney-in-fact named in your non-IRS power of attorney can sign a Form 2848 on your behalf. Hr block free tax filing The original non-IRS power of attorney grants authority to handle federal tax matters (for example, general authority to perform any acts). Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Example. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The power of attorney grants Ed the authority to perform any and all acts on John's behalf. Hr block free tax filing However, it does not list specific tax-related information such as types of tax or tax form numbers. Hr block free tax filing Shortly after John signs the power of attorney, he is declared incompetent. Hr block free tax filing Later, a federal tax matter arises concerning a prior year return filed by John. Hr block free tax filing Ed attempts to represent John before the IRS but is rejected because the durable power of attorney does not contain required information. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If Ed can practice before the IRS (see Who Can Practice Before the IRS, earlier), he can name himself as representative on Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing Otherwise, he must name another individual who can practice before the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Processing a non-IRS power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing   The IRS has a centralized computer database system called the CAF system. Hr block free tax filing This system contains information on the authority of taxpayer representatives. Hr block free tax filing Generally, when you submit a power of attorney document to the IRS, it is processed for inclusion on the CAF system. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Your signature is not required; however, your attorney-in-fact must sign the Declaration of Representative (see Part II of Form 2848). Hr block free tax filing Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints The preparation of Form 2848 is illustrated by an example, later under How Do I Fill Out Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing However, the following will also assist you in preparing the form. Hr block free tax filing Line-by-line hints. Hr block free tax filing   The following hints are summaries of some of the line-by-line instructions for Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing Line 1—Taxpayer information. Hr block free tax filing   If a joint return is involved, the husband and wife each file a separate Form 2848 if they both want to be represented. Hr block free tax filing If only one spouse wants to be represented in the matter, that spouse files a Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing Line 2—Representative(s). Hr block free tax filing   Only individuals may be named as representatives. Hr block free tax filing If your representative has not been assigned a CAF number, enter “None” on that line and the IRS will issue one to your representative. Hr block free tax filing If the representative's address or phone number has changed since the CAF number was issued, you should check the appropriate box. Hr block free tax filing Enter your representative's fax number if available. Hr block free tax filing   If you want to name more than three representatives, attach additional Form(s) 2848. Hr block free tax filing The IRS can send copies of notices and communications to two of your representatives. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If you do not check the boxes, your representatives will not routinely receive copies of notices and communications. Hr block free tax filing Line 3—Tax matters. Hr block free tax filing   You may list any tax years or periods that have already ended as of the date you sign the power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The 3 future periods are determined starting after December 31 of the year the power of attorney is received by the IRS. Hr block free tax filing However, avoid general references such as “all years” or “all taxes. Hr block free tax filing ” Any Form 2848 with general references will be returned. Hr block free tax filing Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Hr block free tax filing   Certain matters cannot be recorded on the CAF system. Hr block free tax filing Examples of such matters include, but are not limited to, the following. Hr block free tax filing Requests for a private letter ruling or technical advice. Hr block free tax filing Applications for an employer identification number (EIN). Hr block free tax filing Claims filed on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. Hr block free tax filing Corporate dissolutions. Hr block free tax filing Requests for change of accounting method. Hr block free tax filing Requests for change of accounting period. Hr block free tax filing Applications for recognition of exemption under sections 501(c)(3), 501(a), or 521 (Forms 1023, 1034, or 1028). Hr block free tax filing Request for a determination of the qualified status of an employee benefit plan (Forms 5300, 5307, or 5310). Hr block free tax filing Application for Award for Original Information under section 7623. Hr block free tax filing Voluntary submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Hr block free tax filing Freedom of Information Act requests. Hr block free tax filing If the tax matter described on line 3 of Form 2848 concerns one of these matters specifically, check the box on line 4. Hr block free tax filing If this box is checked, the representative should mail or fax the power of attorney to the IRS office handling the matter. Hr block free tax filing Otherwise, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Where To File a Power of Attorney Generally, you can mail or fax a paper Form 2848 directly to the IRS. Hr block free tax filing To determine where you should file Form 2848, see Where To File in the instructions for Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing If Form 2848 is for a specific use, mail or fax it to the office handling that matter. Hr block free tax filing For more information on specific use, see the Instructions for Form 2848, line 4. Hr block free tax filing FAX copies. Hr block free tax filing   The IRS will accept a copy of a power of attorney that is submitted by facsimile transmission (fax). Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Your representative may be able to file Form 2848 electronically via the IRS website. Hr block free tax filing For more information, your representative can go to www. Hr block free tax filing irs. Hr block free tax filing gov and under the Tax Professionals tab, click on e-services–Online Tools for Tax Professionals. Hr block free tax filing If you complete Form 2848 for electronic signature authorization, do not file Form 2848 with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Instead, give it to your representative, who will retain the document. Hr block free tax filing Updating a power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing   Submit any update or modification to an existing power of attorney in writing. Hr block free tax filing Your signature (or the signature of the individual(s) authorized to sign on your behalf) is required. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing A written notice of substitution or delegation signed by the recognized representative. Hr block free tax filing A written declaration of representative made by the new representative. Hr block free tax filing A copy of the power of attorney that specifically authorizes the substitution or delegation. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Note. Hr block free tax filing The filing of Form 2848 will not revoke any  Form 8821 that is in effect. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If you do not have a copy of the power of attorney you want to revoke or withdraw, send a statement to the IRS. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If the taxpayer is revoking, list the name and address of each recognized representative whose authority is revoked. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing If the representative is withdrawing, list the name, TIN, and address (if known) of the taxpayer. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing A power of attorney held by a student will be recorded on the CAF system for 130 days from the receipt date. Hr block free tax filing If you are authorizing a student to represent you after that time, you will need to submit a current and valid Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing The following situations do not require a power of attorney. Hr block free tax filing Providing information to the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Authorizing the disclosure of tax return information through Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, or other written or oral disclosure consent. Hr block free tax filing Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a third party via the checkbox provided on a tax return or other document. Hr block free tax filing Allowing a tax matters partner or person (TMP) to perform acts for the partnership. Hr block free tax filing Allowing the IRS to discuss return information with a fiduciary. Hr block free tax filing How Do I Fill Out Form 2848? The following example illustrates how to complete Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing The two completed forms for this example are shown on the next pages. Hr block free tax filing Example. Hr block free tax filing Stan and Mary Doe have been notified that their joint tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2009, 2010, and 2011 are being examined. Hr block free tax filing They have decided to appoint Jim Smith, an enrolled agent, to represent them in this matter and any future matters concerning these returns. Hr block free tax filing Jim, who has prepared returns at the same location for years, already has a Centralized Authorization File (CAF) number assigned to him. Hr block free tax filing Mary does not want Jim to sign any agreements on her behalf, but Stan is willing to have Jim do so. Hr block free tax filing They want copies of all notices and written communications sent to Jim. Hr block free tax filing This is the first time Stan and Mary have given power of attorney to anyone. Hr block free tax filing They should each complete a Form 2848 as follows. Hr block free tax filing Line 1—Taxpayer information. Hr block free tax filing   Stan and Mary must each file a separate Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing On his separate Form 2848, Stan enters his name, street address, and social security number in the spaces provided. Hr block free tax filing Mary does likewise on her separate Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing Line 2—Representative(s). Hr block free tax filing   On their separate Forms 2848, Stan and Mary each enters the name and current address of their chosen representative, Jim Smith. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing They also enter Mr. Hr block free tax filing Smith's CAF number, his telephone number, and his fax number. Hr block free tax filing Mr. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Line 3—Tax Matters. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Line 4—Specific use not recorded on Centralized Authorization File (CAF). Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing See Preparation of Form — Helpful Hints, earlier. Hr block free tax filing Line 5—Acts authorized. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing Stan does not wish to restrict the authority of Jim Smith in this regard, so he leaves line 5 of his Form 2848 blank. Hr block free tax filing If either Mary or Stan had chosen, they could have listed other restrictions on line 5 of their separate Forms 2848. Hr block free tax filing Line 6—Retention/revocation of prior power(s) of attorney. Hr block free tax filing   Stan and Mary are each filing their first powers of attorney, so they make no entry on this line. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing (See Revocation of Power of Attorney/Withdrawal of Representative, earlier, for the special rules that apply. Hr block free tax filing ) Line 7—Signature of taxpayer. Hr block free tax filing   Stan and Mary each signs and dates his or her Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing If a taxpayer does not sign, the IRS cannot accept the form. Hr block free tax filing Part II—Declaration of Representative. Hr block free tax filing   Jim Smith must complete this part of Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing If he does not sign this part, the IRS cannot accept the form. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Therefore, during this interim period, IRS personnel may request that you or your representative bring a copy to any meeting with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free tax filing Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free tax filing Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free tax filing Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free tax filing Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 2 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free tax filing Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free tax filing Filled-in Form 2848 - Page 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Hr block free tax filing Please click the link to view the image. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Incomplete document. Hr block free tax filing   If Form 2848 is incomplete, the IRS will attempt to secure the missing information either by writing or telephoning you or your representative. Hr block free tax filing For example, if your signature or signature date is missing, the IRS will contact you. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing   In either case, the power of attorney is not considered valid until all required information is entered on the document. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Complete document. Hr block free tax filing   If the power of attorney is complete and valid, the IRS will take action to recognize the representative. Hr block free tax filing In most instances, this includes processing the document on the CAF system. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Documents not processed on CAF. Hr block free tax filing   Specific-use powers of attorney are not processed on the CAF system (see Preparation of Form – Helpful Hints, earlier). Hr block free tax filing For example, a power of attorney that is a one-time or specific-issue grant of authority is not processed on the CAF system. Hr block free tax filing These documents remain with the related case files. Hr block free tax filing In this situation, you should check the box on line 4 of Form 2848. Hr block free tax filing In these situations, the representative should bring a copy of the power of attorney to each meeting with the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Dealing With the Representative After a valid power of attorney is filed, the IRS will recognize your representative. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing Notices and other correspondence. Hr block free tax filing   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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing This includes notices and letters produced either at the Martinsburg Computing Center, or other IRS centers. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing By selecting the method that is best for you, you will have quick and easy access to tax help. Hr block free tax filing Free help with your return. Hr block free tax filing   Free help in preparing your return is available nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing 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. Hr block free tax filing To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, visit IRS. Hr block free tax filing gov or call 1-800-906-9887 or 1-800-829-1040. Hr block free tax filing   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Hr block free tax filing To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669 or visit AARP's website at www. Hr block free tax filing aarp. Hr block free tax filing org/money/taxaide. Hr block free tax filing   For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Hr block free tax filing gov and enter keyword “VITA” in the upper right-hand corner. Hr block free tax filing Internet. Hr block free tax filing You can access the IRS website at IRS. Hr block free tax filing gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to: E-file your return. 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Hr block free tax filing All other issues will be handled without an appointment. Hr block free tax filing To find the number of your local office, go to  www. Hr block free tax filing irs. Hr block free tax filing gov/localcontacts or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Hr block free tax filing Mail. Hr block free tax filing You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Hr block free tax filing You should receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Hr block free tax filing  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hr block free tax filing Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Hr block free tax filing   The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Hr block free tax filing Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights. 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