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Ethical & Penalty Standards: Taking Positions on Tax Returns & Advising Clients


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CPE Processing Fee$40.00
Webinar TranscriptionN/A
Presentation Length Hour(s)2.0 hours
CPE Credits 2.0 hours
Subject Area 2.0 - Ethics (Regulatory) (Ethics)
CE Credits 2.0 hours
Course Id# - HURS9-E-00515-19-S
Course LevelBasic
Instructional MethodQAS Self-Study
Advance PreparationNone
Recorded DateOct 15, 2020
Date OfferedOct 15, 2020
Course Description

Tax law is complicated and the answers are not always clear. When a client wants you to take a position on a tax return, such as reporting income as capital gain, or taking a deduction, how sure do you have to be that your position is correct? If the IRS audits the position, when can the client be subject to penalties? When can you, the preparer, be subject to penalties? When you are collecting information from your client, can you just accept what your client tells you, or do you have to audit the client’s representations? What are your ethical responsibilities under the Statements of Standards for Tax Services when confronted with unclear positions? This program will address these and other questions.


Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the ethical obligations of tax professionals as they prepare tax returns or offer advice to clients.

  • Identify ethical standards and penalties that apply to tax planners and preparers.

Self-Study Course Instructions:


Download the course document(s) (below) and follow prompts contained in the document.


Download any course document(s) (below) which may include handouts, glossary, transcripts, etc. Follow any prompts contained in the documents to help you complete the course. Most documents are searchable.

Play the recording, noting the sectional guides indicating where topics on the agenda are covered and the prompts to pause video playback to respond to a review question (located below the video playback area). The timestamps for review questions are also noted below.

Upon completing the video and successfully answering all review questions, you will then take the final exam.

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Handout Materials
Presentation Slides
Review Questions
Review Questions
QUESTION 1: 0:20:00 minutes
QUESTION 2: 0:30:00 minutes
QUESTION 3: 0:45:00 minutes
QUESTION 4: 1:20:00 minutes
QUESTION 5: 1:30:00 minutes
QUESTION 6: 1:55:00 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
  • CPAacademy self-study courses are online.
  • The self-study format allows you to a) access the material online 24/7 and b) study at your own pace.
  • Per NASBA guidelines, you have one year from date of purchase to complete each program.
  • Complete your final exam at any time and get graded instantly. You can retake the exam at no additional charge (unlimited attempts).
  • Print your own certificate of completion on the spot upon passing the exam.
  • Grading policies: a) courses have a minimum passing score 70% b) test takers will not be provided feedback on failed exams.
  • Upon achieving a passing score, test takers will be notified of the correct answers to the questions missed.

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For more than thirty years, Bryan C. Skarlatos has represented individuals and corporations in sensitive matters, many of which involve negotiation or litigation with government agencies. He has significant experience in federal and state tax audits, appeals and litigation, criminal tax investigations, and white-collar criminal prosecutions. Mr. Skarlatos also has an active practice providing tax and estate planning advice.

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Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP enjoys an unparalleled national reputation for representing clients in sensitive and high-stakes negotiations and controversies with government agencies, including tax audits and trials, regulatory investigations, white collar criminal defense and complex litigation. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing the finest legal services in all phases of representation, from factual development, through an audit or investigation, to trial or negotiated resolution. We also have an active practice providing tax planning advice, estate planning and representation in government procurement and government contracting.