The AICPA Tax Section is today providing several examples of consent forms which have been developed by CPA members for their discussions or consultations with individual clients.
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According to the AICPA:
IRS regulations on the unauthorized disclosure of tax return information went into effect on January 1. Absent a specific exception, Treas. Reg. section 301.7216 generally prohibits the disclosure or use of tax return information without the clientâ€™s explicit, written consent. Under section 7216, a tax return preparer is subject to a criminal penalty for â€œknowingly or recklesslyâ€ disclosing or using tax return information. Each violation of section 7216 could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or one year imprisonment, or both.
AICPA members who are engaged in tax return preparation and tax planning services need to become familiar with Treas. Reg. section 301.7216 and Revenue Procedure 2008-35, the authoritative guidance with respect to a preparerâ€™s disclosure or use of tax return information.
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