IRS Representation

An important issue within the world of taxes is knowing who can represent your business, company, or organization before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and how. If you have a tax professional who prepares your taxes, it’s imperative that you’re aware how they can speak for you with the IRS. New guidelines have been implemented this year, and the IRS is taking the initiative to inform organizations of who can represent them and how.

According to the IRS, representation rights – you may also know these as practice rights – are filed under two different classifications, which are called Unlimited and Limited.

With unlimited representation, a certified tax professional can represent you on any tax matter – no matter who originally prepared your tax return. Tax professionals who can have unlimited representation rights are:

Limited representation only allows a tax professional to represent you if they were the one who prepared and signed your tax return; however, they can only speak with IRS revenue agents, customer service representatives, and similar IRS employees. Even if the tax professional prepares and signs your return, they cannot represent you for collection issues or appeals.

At the start of the new year, the only tax preparers with limited representation rights are those listed within the IRS Annual Filing Season Program – a voluntary program of non-credentialed tax professionals. There are a set of fundamental rights that each and every one of us taxpayers should be familiar with. For more information about these rights, check out our easy-reading blog: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

If you’re shopping the market for a tax professional before you file this year, extend your time to file by e-filing a tax extension with ExpressExtension. With an easy, intuitive process, you can electronically transmit your form to the IRS, and receive an automatic extension for up to six months – all on your own!

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