Ethics and the Tax Professional: Frivolous Tax Arguments and Tax Scams (4 Hr) (CPE)

Exam Questions: 20
Course Level: Basic
Pages: 92 | Content: 84, Supplemental: 8
NASBA Area of Study: Regulatory Ethics
Not Acceptable for: N/A
Version: 4205T

This course is designed to provide the tax professional with an ethical framework that the CPA can use as a guide to sort through ethical dilemmas. In addition to guidance provided by Circular 230, this course discusses various frivolous tax arguments and scams and the court's decisions regarding them. This general ethics course can be used for 4 CPE credits towards the following state's requirements: AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, ND, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, WI, and WV. Also meets the IRS requirement for Enrolled Agents. PLEASE NOTE: Course content is similar to that in #4035: Frivolous Tax Positions; therefore, we recommend that you should not take both courses in the same CPE period. All course material provided. No prerequisites. Course level: Basic.

EA Program Approval Number: ZX34G-E-00554-23-S

ENROLLED AGENTS PLEASE NOTE: This course offers 4 hours of ETHICS credit only and can only be counted towards the ethics requirement. No hours from this course can be counted towards any other EA requirement or any other EA approved area of study.

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Course Information

Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study of Ethics
  • Chapter 2: IRS Circular 230
  • Chapter 3: Frivolous Tax Arguments
  • To recognize the history and function of ethics
  • To identify the Internal Revenue Service Requirements as outlined in Circular 230
  • To recognize characteristics of common frivolous tax positions
  • To identify the penalties and fines that may be assessed in frivolous tax cases
  • To identify the current "Dirty Dozen" tax scams

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