IRS explains power of attorney requirements for corporate taxpayers
On Tuesday, the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) issued a bulletin clarifying when corporate officers or employees must have a valid power of attorney in order to represent the company before the IRS (OPR Bulletin 2014-12). The bulletin also discusses how the existence of a power of attorney may be evidence that the officer or employee is subject to the rules of Circular 230, Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service (31 C.F.R. Part 10).
The bulletin notes that the corporate officers or employees identified in a corporation’s Form 4764, Communications Agreement, LB&I Examination Plan, are only authorized to take certain actions. Specifically, these individuals are permitted to (1) discuss tax matters; (2) provide and receive information; or (3) receive and discuss adjustments. (This is similar to the authorization provided under Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization.) Read more on the Journal of Accountancy.