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IRC Section 7216

Nov 9, 2019

Section 7216 broadly defines a tax return preparer as any person who is engaged in the business of preparing or assisting in preparing tax returns, who is employed by such person, or who provides auxiliary services in connection with the preparation of tax returns, such as an e-file provider [Treasury Regulations section 301.7216-1(b)(2)].  Internal Revenue Code §7216 is a criminal provision enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1971 that prohibits preparers of tax returns from knowingly or recklessly disclosing or using tax return information. A convicted preparer may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year or both, for each violation. 


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