NSA Goes to Washington: Notes from the IRS NPL Meeting 1/19/12


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I attended the IRS National Public Liaison meeting this morning to meet with David Williams of the IRS Return Preparer Office to discuss recent developments on the RTRP initiative, PTINs, fingerprinting, and more. Learn more about the IRS NPL office and the work they do: & Liaison At-a-Glance

Regarding RTRP testing, the passing score and results so far will be announced in early March. There are are now approximately 800,000 PTIN holders.

A number of announcements from the IRS Return Preparer Office are made on Facebook before they appear on the IRS website, so preparers should consider using Facebook as a resource.  The Return Preparer Office also monitors the account and often responds quickly to concerns posted on the Facebook page. Click here to like the IRS RPO Office on Facebook

An example of IRS social media in action: David William's "Happy New Year" note on Facebook.

IRS is testing "Virtual" IRS conferences over a computer link.  Tests currently include collection due process appeals in Washington State and Offer in Compromise appeals at one site in Tennessee.  If successful, the IRS is expected to expand tests to include correspondence exam hearings.

The IRS has revised (and hopefully improved) "Where's My Refund" available on the IRS website. 
Currently in the works is an app that would allow taxpayer' or their representatives to request IRS to send return transcripts directly to banks, such as to accompany mortgage applications.

Lastly, if you're looking for answers about the RTRP exam, PTINs or CPE for RTRPs, make sure you bookmark - a webpage dedicated to Registered Tax Return Preparer exam prep and resources, including a free testing taking skills tutorial. 

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