WHAT DOES THE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY DO? The Director oversees the design, development and delivery of a program related to the administration and enforcement of Treasury Department Circular 230, which governs the conduct and discipline of the nation’s tax practitioners. The Director initiates outreach activities with the tax practitioner community, informing them of Treasury/IRS rules, regulations, policies & procedures related to conduct, integrity & ethics.Learn more about this agency
- Maintains independent oversight of all tax practitioner groups subject to the provisions of Circular 230, "Regulations Governing Practice before the Internal Revenue Service." This involves focusing on matters relating to the conduct of practitioners, the ethical standards they display and any applicable disciplinary actions to be taken, as well as appellate considerations.
- Reports to the IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement and serves as principal advisor on all matters and issues concerning adherence to Circular 230 provisions.
- Serves as primary resource to the tax practitioner community for technical information relative to Circular 230. Communicates and coordinates program issues and information with external tax professional groups and internal stakeholders.
- Meets regularly with the leadership of professional organizations of attorneys, accountants, enrollees, registered individuals and other tax professionals to build and maintain key relationships and to explain expectations with respect to professional conduct, competence and the applicability of the regulations governing practice before the IRS.
- Participates and collaborates in, and often oversees, the design and development of outreach activities and publications intended to educate the practitioner community and internal stakeholders of all Circular 230 provisions. Personally conducts nationwide seminars and educational presentations to groups of tax professionals and internal stakeholders to raise their level of awareness and understanding of, Circular 230 provisions.
- Initiates reprimands or proceedings for the censure, disbarment, or suspension of any attorney, certified public accountant, enrolled practitioner, or any registered tax return preparer practicing before the Agency, as well as others receiving compensation for preparing submissions to the IRS on taxpayers’ liabilities, who have violated the provisions of Circular 230. Maintains exclusive authority for practitioner disciplinary proceedings, settlement agreements, and sanctions under Circular 230.
- Makes referrals to the Justice Department of tax practitioners who should be enjoined, or in seeking assistance to resolve litigation cases pertaining to the discipline of tax practitioners, within the legal confines of Circular 230 and Title 26 Code of Federal Regulations.
- Responsible for handling appeals by tax practitioners who have been rejected to become licensed practitioners under Circular 230 provisions. Serves as oversight adjudicator for registered preparers, with authority to suspend tax practitioners who violate provisions of Circular 230.
- Guides and oversees the activities of the OPR Advisory Sub-committee of the IRS Advisory Council relative to issues of tax professional compliance with Circular 230 provisions.
- Responsible for oversight of the Power of Attorney (POA) program, including revisions to Forms 2848, 8821, and related publications. Coordinates with the Centralized Authorization File (CAF) function relative to those individuals who may/may not have valid POAs.
- Designs and develops programs to address and solve issues identified by the tax professional community. Implements activities to assess trends in professional discipline programs.
- Formulates short and long-range program plans, policies, strategies and objectives. Develops annual operating plans and budget submissions that are consistent with strategic plans.
- Practices sound position management in assigning work, combining/separating duties, establishing and abolishing positions and in fulfilling other personnel management duties and responsibilities.
- Takes positive steps to further equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, parental status, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, or other non-merit factors in accomplishing all managerial responsibilities.
- Fosters a high profile of the IRS Occupational Safety and Health Program by assuring employee awareness of potential safety hazards, promptly reporting all injuries and effecting corrective actions to eliminate safety and health hazards in the work area.
- Assures that program and administrative responsibility to minimize fraud, waste and abuse are achieved, as prescribed in the Computer Security Act of 1987, OMB Circulars A-123 and A-130, Treasury Directives, and IRS internal control procedures.
- Participates in the administration of the Information Security Program to protect taxpayer data. Ensures a high degree of subordinate employee awareness of, and compliance with the need to protect sensitive data within or through systems under their control. Ensures the effective delivery of services targeted to assure that all managers and employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities for the protection of data.
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