This is shaping up to be a scary weekend. There are Howloween parties for costumed pets and Haute Dogs all over the place. The amusement parks have added special new attractions to spook the willing. And there are over 400,000 results when you search for Halloween parties for children.
But we adults have one less thing to fear – the wrath of the FTC. (different than the Wrath of Kahn, though that has been running on TV all week.) When you read IRS News, you will learn that the FTC has decided to hold off enforcing the ‘no retainer’ rule for tax professionals who are helping our clients deal with tax debt. Some of us paid Kallie and Mark Guimond of the National Policy Group to present our case to the Federal Trade Commission. At the same time, the legislative team at NAEA was working on this as well.
Last week, NAEA reported that The FTC attorneys (of which there were many) received NAEA’s presentation well and clearly made a good faith effort to understand the role of enrolled agents as federally licensed tax practitioners and the high ethical standards set forth under Circular 230. At the end of the hour-plus meeting, the attorneys were clearly still in information-gathering mode and suggested we continue the discussion. Well, after getting all this great information, the FTC has decided to exempt us their new Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR or “the Rule”) – for now.
Why should you care if you’re not a tax professional? Because if you, or someone you know, needs help with an IRS or state tax debt, tax pros would have been reluctant to work your case. The FTC’s TSR rules would have put the tax pro community into a position to do 20-50 hours of work – without any ability to get paid for it. We’re nice people. And we do want to help you. But…we want to decide when to do it free – not be forced to give away our services.
Keep watching. In November, you’ll see a new launch of Suze Orman’s Money Minded Moms website. You’ll be meeting a team of passionate writers to help you deal with money, family, health, wealth and more.
November 11, 9:00 am PT Roger B. Adams, EA
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EA Class News
We’ve had a lot of fun this week, learning collections issues, and how to fill out forms. We learned how to make a really good living as an EA. This weekend, we’ll do the fourth and final, Final Review for Part 3. And we’re done! All the live classes are over.
We will be having hand-holding sessions every other week in November and December for those folks still studying for the EA Exams. http://irsexams.com/registration/
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Other TaxMama News:
At Equifax this week, TaxMama tells you how to optimize your retirement contributions; Ilyce Glink gives you 4 tips to buy a HUD home. Dan Solin gives you strategies to outsmart Uncle Sam at Tax Time. Linda Rey discusses pet insurance. The Equifax Credit Experts explain how closing an account affects your credit score. http://www.equifax.com/blog/tax/en_ff
This week’s AccountingWeb.com blog tells you how amusing Tax Court can be.
In IRS News, IRS has released the new limits for retirement plans. And the FTC has released tax pros from a needless burden.
In Money Funnies today, we meet a 98-year-old woman making an accounting of her life in church.
In TaxQuips this week, we start the week with Jacqueline who sold an option to someone to buy her land. He paid her for a few years. But never bought the land. How does she handle the payments she received? We have an argument going on this one. How do YOU think this should be reported? Land Option . Jon is ill and in pain. His doctor told him it was time to apply for Social Security Disability. But they keep turning him down. What’s a guy to live on until SSDI wises up? Nothing to Live on . Riki is tired of getting stuck with bills after the holidays. Isn’t there a better way to spend? Holiday Credit Cards . We end the week with Mike who won the lottery and wants to share some money with Mom. Won Lottery .
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