August 15, 2020

Forty-three People Who Will Never Breathe Free Air Again Are Registered Tax Return Preparers

Also! Over 900 applicants had an incarceration date within the last 10 years received active or provisional PTINs and over 70% of those did not disclose their felony conviction.  

• 962 PTIN applicants on the IRS’s Prisoner File with an incarceration date within the last 10 years received active or provisional PTINs – 745 (77 percent) of the 962 applicants did not disclose the felony conviction. 
 
• 331 active or provisional PTIN holders were in prison when they received their PTINs. 
 
• 43 PTIN applicants are serving life sentences and received active/provisional PTINs.  
 
None of the 43 disclosed the felony conviction on the PTIN applications.  Eleven (26 percent) of the 43 indicated they had a qualifying professional certification and they received active PTINs; 32 (74 percent) received provisional PTINs. 
The IRS has decided that prisoners preparing tax returns isn't ideal so they're working on putting an ixnay on the jailbird prepared 1040s. 

[TIGTA via TaxProf]

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