Tax preparer Trish McIntire, an Enrolled Agent (EA), raises the following questions:
- How can a preparer respond to an anonymous complaint?
- Will the IRS initiate an investigation whenever a Form 14157 is filed, or will it take more than one complaint?
- When will a preparer be notified that a complaint has been filed against him or her?
- If enough Forms 14157 are filed, will the IRS assume there is a real problem?
What do you think? Does the usefulness of Form 14157 trump the potential for abuse? What other potential problems could the form create?