Read it and Weep: IRS Releases Draft of New Form 8867 July 21, 2016

On July 20, the IRS released a draft of the 2016 Form 8867 – Paid Preparer’s Due Diligence Checklist.

In our tax practice, we have been completing the Form 8867 for several years as part of our compliance requirements when claiming the earned income credit (EIC) on a client’s return. Beginning for 2016 returns, new legislation requires that we complete the same checklist when preparing a return that claims the child tax credit (CTC) or the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

There are lots of changes to the form. It’s grown from one page to two pages and from seven “yes/no” questions to 20.

Join us at a fall tax update class for more information on this change to 2016 tax returns, plus details on many more 2016 changes.

© 2016 Vern Hoven & Sharon Kreider

Vern Hoven, CPA, MT, is one of America’s premier tax presenters and speaks to over 100 groups a year on a variety of tax topics. He teaches at Western CPE Federal Tax Update seminars and conferences and produces self-study and webcasts courses as well. Vern consistently receives outstanding evaluations and has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious AICPA 2014 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education.
Vern is the author of the best-selling Real Estate Investor’s Tax Guide and a favorite interviewee on radio, television, and in newspapers. His presentation skills have earned him the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, which has granted only 400 CSPs out of 3,600 NSA members as of 2006.
Vern practiced in the public, governmental, and corporate accounting fields before starting his own public accounting practice in 1973, a firm that grew to one of the largest in western Montana. In 1985, he started his present tax consulting practice. CPA Magazine recognized Vern as one of the top 50 IRS representation practitioners in 2008.

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