1.Vee Corp. retained Walter,CPA, to prepare its Year 6 income tax return.During the engagement,Walter discovered that Vee had failed to file its Year 2 income tax return.What is Walter's professional responsibility regarding Vee's unfiled Year 2 income tax return?
a.Advise the IRS that Vee's Year 2 income tax return has not been filed.
b.Consider withdrawing from preparation of Vee's Year 6 income tax return until the error is corrected.
c.Advise Vee that the Year 2 income tax return has not been filed and recommend that Vee ignore filing its Year 2 return since the statute of limitations has passed.
d.Prepare Vee's Year 2 income tax return and submit it to the IRS.
Choice "b" is correct.The CPA should consider withdrawing from the preparation of Vee's Year 6 income tax return until the error (i.e.,the non-filing of the Year 2 tax return) has been corrected.
Rule: Upon discovery of an error in a previously filed return or the client's failure to file a required return, the CPA should promptly notify the client (either orally or in writing) of the error, noncompliance,or omission and advise the client of the appropriate measures to be taken (e.g.,advise the client to file the tax return).If the client does not rectify the error,the CPA should consider withdrawing from the engagement.
Choice "d" is incorrect,as the CPA has no responsibility (without a formal client engagement) or the authority to prepare and file a client's tax return.
Choice "c" is incorrect,as a CPA cannot advise a client to disobey the law because it violates a CPA's ethical responsibilities.
Choice "a" is incorrect,as a CPA has no responsibility to advise the IRS of any client wrongdoing.
4.A tax return preparer is subject to a penalty for knowingly or recklessly disclosing corporate return information, if the disclosure is made:
a.To enable a third party to solicit business from the taxpayer.
b.To enable the tax processor to electronically compute the taxpayer's liability.
c.Under an administrative order by a state agency that registers tax return preparers.
d.For peer review.
Choice "a" is correct. Use of a taxpayer's return information to assist a third party to solicit business subjects a return preparer to penalty.
Choice "b" is incorrect. Disclosure can properly be made in this case by a return preparer without penalty.
Choice "d" is incorrect. Disclosure can properly be made in this case by a return preparer without penalty.
Choice "c" is incorrect. Disclosure can properly be made in this case by a return preparer without penalty.