The tax preparer you choose to help you file taxes can have different representation or “practice” rights. These rights affect how they can represent you before the IRS. As you manage your tax details within your financial life, remember these tips.
Two Types of Representation Rights
Unlimited: This category enables your tax preparer to represent you before the IRS on any tax item. The credentialed tax professional can be an enrolled agent, certified public account (CPA) or attorney.
Limited: This category means that only the person who prepared and signed your tax return can represent you before the IRS. However, he or she cannot represent you on appeals or collection matters. Your tax preparer can represent you in front of revenue agents, customer service representatives, and similar IRS employees.
As you manage your taxes each year, be sure to familiarize yourself with the tax preparer’s representation rights.
Other details apply, and you can find more information on the IRS website.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.