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The most effective system available to prepare for the new Tax Return Preparer Competency Exam
In recent years, the role of third party assistance in tax return preparation within the United States has become more significant. To acknowledge this trend, the IRS is strengthening partnerships with tax practitioners, tax return preparers, and other third parties in order to ensure effective tax administration that adheres to professional standards and follows the law.
Beginning in 2011, tax return preparers are required to pass a competency test to officially become registered tax return preparers. The Wiley Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review Book 2012 has been designed with this in mind and is the perfect guide to help you pass this comprehensive test. The course, complete with extensive exercises and a final exam review, will provide you with a solid foundation on the subject of taxes, and the preparation of an accurate and complete income tax return. Along the way, it covers specific tax issues you need to be familiar with, including tax theory and law; conducting a thorough client interview; and offering tax advice and explanations to clients.
Informative and insightful, the Wiley Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review Book 2012 will put you in the best position possible to pass this important exam.
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Wiley Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review
If you are a professional tax return preparer but not an attorney, Certified Public Accountant, or Enrolled Agent, you are now required to pass a competency test known as the Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) exam administered by the IRS. The exam covers all of the basic tax laws and filing requirements that a return preparer needs to know to complete a 1040 series return and its associated forms and schedules. Your career as a preparer depends on passing the exam, and the Wiley Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review has been designed with this in mind. It is the perfect guide to help you pass.
This study guide, complete with review questions, examples and explanations, and test-taking tips, will provide you with a solid foundation to pass the RTRP exam. Complete and comprehensive, this guide covers:
Practices and Procedures
Penalties to be assessed by the IRS against a preparer for disregard of the rules and regulations
Furnishing a copy of a return to a taxpayer
Safeguarding taxpayer information
Treatment of Income and Assets
Taxability of wages, salaries, tips, and other earnings
Reporting requirements of Social Security benefits
Determination of basis of assets
Deductions and Credits
Medical and dental expenses
Types of interest and tax payments
Child and dependent care credit
Alternative Minimum Tax
Preliminary Work and Collection of Taxpayer Data
Collecting a taxpayer's filing information and determining their status
Determine filing requirements, including extensions and amended returns
Personal exemptions and dependents
Completion of the Filing Process
Check return for completeness and accuracy
Tax withholding, payment and refund options, and estimated tax payments
Explaining and reviewing the tax return
Ethics and Circular 230
Limits on practice by a registered tax return preparer
Preparer's due diligence for accuracy of representations made to clients and the IRS
Sanctions that may be imposed under Circular 230
Over a million Americans make money preparing taxes every year—and you can become one of them by passing the RTRP exam. Let the Wiley Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review be your guide.About the Author:
The Tax Institute at H&R Block is the company's independent research division, providing expert tax assistance and interpretation of tax law. The Tax Institute combines H&R Block's world-class training experience with the knowledge of the company's credentialed tax experts to create a unique exam review based on extensive resources from nearly 60 years in business, 550 million tax returns prepared, and more than 100,000 tax professionals trained each year. For more information, visit www.thetaxinstitute.com.
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