Webinar Replay: IRS People First Initiative and Collections Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Plus 2-hour Q&A)

 

This 50-minute webinar, which turned into three hours after the unintended 2-hour Q&A, covers information that CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys need to know in regard to IRS Collections Division actions during the coronavirus situation. This webinar includes technical guidance, marketing suggestions, and tasteless jokes for your entertainment. Recorded: March 27, 2020. Information was accurate as of the date of recording, but may be grossly outdated by the time you actually watch this. Replay not eligible for CPE.

 

Full Text of the People First Initiative News Release

Reposted for archival and informational purposes. Original news release at irs.gov. IR-2020-59, March 25, 2020 WASHINGTON — To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions. “The IRS is taking extraordinary steps to help the people of our country,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “In addition to extending tax deadlines and working on new legislation, the IRS is pursuing unprecedented actions to ease the burden on people facing tax issues. During this difficult time, we want people working together, focused on their well-being, helping each other and others less fortunate.” “The new IRS People First Initiative provides immediate relief to help people facing uncertainty over taxes,” Rettig added “We are temporarily adjusting our processes to help people and businesses during these uncertain times. We are facing this together, and we want to be part of the solution to improve the lives of all people in our country.” These new changes include issues ranging from postponing certain payments related to Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise to collection and limiting certain enforcement actions. The IRS will be temporarily modifying the following activities as soon as possible; the projected start date will be April 1 and the effort will initially run through July 15. During this period, to the maximum extent possible, the IRS will avoid in-person contacts. However, the IRS will continue to take steps where necessary to protect all applicable statutes of limitations. “IRS employees care about our people and our country, and they have a strong desire to help improve this situation,” Rettig said. “These new actions reflect just one of many ways our employees are working hard every day to assist the nation. We care, a lot. IRS employees are actively … Continue reading

CPE: How It Works

Most months, we will premiere at least one new continuing education webinar. You will need to register for each webinar individually, for attendance tracking purposes. In order to receive credit for attending, and receive your Certificate of Completion, you will need to:

  1. Register for the specific webinar session ahead of time.
  2. Attend for the entire 50 minutes.
  3. Respond to all three polling questions presented during the webinar.
  4. If you complete all three items above, your Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you within one week of the webinar and your attendance will also be reported to the IRS if you provided a valid PTIN at the time of registration.
  5. If you fail to meet any of the attendance verification requirements, you will NOT be issued a Certificate of Completion. This is an IRS and NASBA rule, not ours. If you experience technical difficulties that prevent you from answering polling questions or staying logged in for the 50 minutes, we cannot issue you credit.

What topics will be covered?

Most courses will be in the Federal Tax Law or Federal Tax Law Update categories. Non-tax topics, such as marketing, A&A, or MAS, will occasionally be presented.

Due to the fact that I practice almost exclusively in the field of representing delinquent taxpayers in front of SB/SE Collections and the collection side of Appeals, you can expect a disproportionate number of the webinars to cover taxpayer representation.


CPE Recognition Info for Enrolled Agents & Unenrolled Preparers

We are an IRS approved continuing education provider, number 4Y1UP.

All webinars on federal tax law topics will carry an IRS program number and are eligible for CE for Enrolled Agents and AFSP participants. We may occasionally present webinars on other topics for which CPAs may earn CPE hours but Enrolled Agents cannot.


CPE Recognition Info for CPAs

The webinars presented here qualify as CPE for CPAs in most states and territories, because most states simply have no registration/approval process or requirement for CPE providers. We follow NASBA standards for all training.

Five accounting boards may not allow CPE credit for our webinars: Illinois, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. We will be working on obtaining the necessary registrations with these states during the 2018 filing season.

State boards of accountancy have final authority regarding the applicability of any particular course to your CPE requirements. Please check with your state board regarding requirements and acceptance.


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CPE Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the webinar?
You will receive a confirmation email directly from GoToWebinar that contains your unique access link. You will also receive reminders the day before and one hour before the webinar with the same link. Sometimes these emails get filtered by overly aggressive spam filters, so be sure to look in your spam folder for it.

Where can I download the slides?
Slides for each presentation are always available in three places:

  1. A link will be included in the reminder email before the webinar start time.
  2. A link will be posted in the chat box on the webinar itself.
  3. From the “Handouts” pane of the GoToWebinar control panel during the session.

Where’s my Certificate of Completion?

Please allow up to 72 hours to receive your Certificate of Completion. Since these are delivered via email, please be sure to check your spam folder for it, as they sometimes wind up in there. If you don’t see it, then you may not have qualified for credit. Under IRS/NASBA rules that we are required to follow, you must:

  • Stay online for at least 50 minutes per 1 CE/CPE hour
  • Submit answers to all three polling questions per hour

If you have technical issues, such as computer problems or Internet connection issues, that causes you to miss a polling question or to miss the full 50 minutes, I cannot issue you credit. IRS and NASBA require that we maintain records, which can be audited, of who attended what, and we must utilize the electronic attendance record to grant credit. Sorry, we can’t just take your word for it that you were in attendance the whole time.

Do you report CE hours to the IRS?

If you provided a PTIN at the time of registration, then yes, your CE hours will be reported to the IRS. If you did not provide a PTIN at the time of registration, then no, your hours will not be reported. Make sure the PTIN you provide is the right one and in the proper format. It starts with a “P” followed by eight digits.

It’s incredibly time consuming for me to fix PTIN errors, and for the free CE webinars in particular, I’ve decided to no longer “chase people down” for the proper PTIN, there are simply too many people that enter it incorrectly (into the hundreds sometimes). This may sound harsh, but I just really think … Continue reading