Representation Before the Office of Professional Responsibility
When standing before the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), your reputation and career are at risk.
Whether you are an individual tax practitioner, tax preparer, attorney, or working for an internal compliance program, we will represent you and assist with disciplinary matters before the OPR.
What is the OPR?
The OPR is an office within the IRS which works under Title 31 authority to investigate reports of misconduct among tax practitioners, tax preparers, and other third parties in the tax system. They cover issues related to powers of attorney, disclosure or use of taxpayer-client information, return preparer complaints, reporting of Foreign Bank and Financial Assets (FBAR), and responsibilities as defined under Circular 230.
The OPR’s jurisdiction has expanded over the years to include not only tax preparers, but also any qualified representative who has given written tax advice, appeared before the IRS, or associated accounting and law firms. What this means is that the OPR can investigate a wide range of tax professionals for reports of misconduct.
If the OPR has contacted you, it is essential that you find experienced representation with an understanding of Circular 230 and experience working with the IRS.
If you want to learn more about the OPR and Circular 230, visit the OPR’s website.
What can happen to you or your law or accounting firm?
We will dispute and fight against the OPR’s possible disciplinary measures. Under Circular 230, the OPR can pursue the following disciplinary sanctions against these given categories:
Practitioners (“individuals who are eligible to practice before the IRS”): Sanctions of private reprimand, public censure, suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS, and the imposition of a monetary penalty.
Appraisers (“individuals who present evidence or testimony in administrative proceedings before the IRS or the Department of the Treasury”): Are subject to disqualification from presenting testimony or evidence.
Employers, firms, other entities: Sanctions in the form of impositions of a monetary penalty.
When you are under investigation by the OPR, it is crucial that you find the best representation quickly.
Our lawyers will advocate on behalf of your best interests. Our knowledge and experience with the OPR, Circular 230, and tax litigation offers you the best possible representation.
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