FAQ: Can I use a tax preparer for tax resolution services?

rajneet

Company Director, EA
Staff member
No, you can’t use a regular tax preparer to represent you before the IRS. In order for a tax professional to represent you, the Form 2848, Power of Attorney (POA) must be signed and submitted to the IRS. The IRS only allows Enrolled Agents (EA), Tax Attorneys and Certified Public Accountants (CPA) to represent you before the IRS. This means that only these certified individuals can be on the POA. If your tax preparer is an EA or a CPA then they may be able to represent you before the IRS.
 

applefritter

New member
hello there! new to the forum but was referred by a coworker. if my tax preparer is a CPA, can they help me with my back taxes?
 

rajneet

Company Director, EA
Staff member
Welcome to the forum!

Yes, CPAs are qualified to assist with back taxes. However, it is important to take into consideration not just certification, but also experience. The business of tax resolution refers to dealing with back taxes, tax codes and laws to minimize the amount of tax that you may owe the IRS for unpaid back taxes. Because tax resolution requires vast knowledge of these regulations, you want to hire a tax professional that has years of experience dealing solely with IRS resolution cases. Your CPA might not be able to represent you efficiently because of lack of expertise in dealing with resolution cases. In my experience, I have only seen CPA’s set up payments plans for their clients which you can do yourself. You need an expert who understands the process and is willing to fight for you.
 
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