CSTC Newsletter

August 2022

In This Issue...

  1. From the CSTC President
  2. Don't Be Scammed!
  3. August Events
  4. Welcome New CSTC Members
  5. Legislative Advocacy
  6. News from the IRS
  7. Join CSTC!

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$ Savings on all Society Educational Events

$ Savings on Contact, Correspondence & Self Study Education

$ Savings with member specialty CSTC Connects (previouslyYellow Pages) list

$ Savings with E & O Insurance, plus specialty coverage relevant to your profession

$ Online CSTC Find-a-Tax Consultant search to help promote your business!

$ CSTC Member Listserv

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CSTC Mission Statement

CSTC advances professionalism within the tax industry by:

  • Providing quality education
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Advocating professional standards


President's Column
A Glimmer of Hope?

The most frustrating thing right now for many tax professionals is the inability to get hold of the IRS. Remember how we used to be able to call the Practitioners Priority Service, fax in a Power of Attorney (POA), and get our client’s problem solved. Now they’re not even answering the phone! We’re sorry but due to extremely high volume, we are unable to handle your call. Please try again later or on our next business day. And of course, the next business day we get the same result. I tried calling at 7:00 am, when they first open, on a Wednesday, which is their least busy day, but they already had too many calls to answer! Please try again. So calling is currently not a viable option.

Next, I tried to get though using the fax line. I reasoned that if I faxed my POA – and I knew it would take longer than usual to be entered into the system – then I could use e-services to get the Wage and Income report I wanted. But alas! It’s two months later, and my POA is still not in the system.

But now I have a new idea to get around  the inaccessibility – Client Online Accounts. With an Online Account, taxpayers can view their tax information, such as Economic Impact Payments and Advanced Child Tax Credit payments. They can see their balance due, make payments and set up a payment plan. They can see copies of notices or letters from the IRS. And they can electronically sign a POA from their tax professional! Those last two items – copies of letters from the IRS and POAs – are what has me excited.

So now I’m trying having my clients set up an account. They go to www.irs.gov, then to Sign in to your account. Click on Sign in to your Online Account then Create an account (ID.me). Then they follow the directions to authenticate their identity and set up an account.

The ID.me is the IRS’ new sign-in authorization program. The IRS is asking those who have an existing IRS username to create a new ID.me account as soon as possible. So far, we can still sign in with our existing username to access e-services, but at some point, I suspect we’ll all have to have an ID.me account. And we’re going to want to have an account so we can interact with our clients.

I tried ID.me self-service option twice. Both times I was told they needed more information so I would have to use the video call. I didn’t want to wait, so I saved and exited. They sent me regular emails about how to rejoin. Today, I tried it again, and again was told I’d have to do the video call. As I write this, I’m waiting for my video call – just 46 minutes to go. No, now it’s 51 minutes. Now it’s 39 minutes….

Still, I’m hopeful that this tool will be useful in helping our clients with their IRS issues. I’ve already asked one client to sign up for his online account, so we’ll see how it goes. At least it’s nice to finally have a glimmer of hope of getting through to the IRS!

Linda Dong
CSTC President

Don't Be Scammed!

The CSTC officers and board members will never ask you for money for any cause.

Any request for gift cards should be immediately suspect.

If you’re not sure if an email is legitimate, call the person who supposedly sent it and ask.

Report phishing: 

  • Forward the emails to [email protected] and to the organization or person(s) impersonated. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, but most email programs hide this information. To ensure the header is included, search the name of your email service with a "full email header" into your favorite search engine.
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
  • Visit identitytheft.gov. Victims of phishing can become victims of identity theft.
  • Report phishing email to [email protected], an anti-phishing workgroup.

Stay safe!

Calendar of Events
August 2022

August 3, 2022

Topic: Aspects of Retirement and Succession Planning
San Francisco Bay Chapter In-Person Meeting
2 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
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August 4, 2022

Topic: Ethics
San Gabriel Valley Chapter In-Person Meeting
2 Ethics hours (Topics meeting the ethics requirements under Cir 230)
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August 9, 2022

Topic: Ethics & Practice for Tax Professionals
East County San Diego Virtual Chapter Meeting
2 Ethics hours (Topics meeting the ethics requirements under Cir 230)
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August 10, 2022

Topic: Choosing or Changing A Business Entity
Temecula Valley Chapter In-Person Meeting
2 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
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Topic: Spin the Wheel of California Tax Update
Orange County Chapter In-Person Meeting
2 California hours (Topics covering California law issues)
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August 17, 2022

Topic: Franchise Tax Board Taxpayers' Rights Advocate's Office
San Jose Chapter Virtual Meeting
2 California hours (Topics covering California law issues)
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Topic: Understanding Schedule K-1, Schedule K-2, and Schedule K-3
Inland Empire Chapter In-Person Meeting
2 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
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August 19, 2022

Topic: Round Table
Temecula Valley Chapter In-Person Meeting
1 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
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August 22, 2022

Topic: Federal General Business Credits and CA Business Credits
Orange County South Chapter In-Person Meeting
1 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
1 California hours (Topics covering California law issues)
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August 25, 2022

Topic: The Taxman Always Rings Twice
San Diego Chapter In-Person Meeting
1 Federal Law hours (Topics covering existing tax law)
1 California hours (Topics covering California law issues)
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Click here to view the CSTC calendar.

Welcome New CSTC Members!

Please help us in joining our newest CSTC Members!

Nicole Albrecht
Temecula Valley Chapter

Lilia Alcala
San Gabriel Valley Chapter

Francisco Amador
San Gabriel Valley Chapter

Maria Castillo
San Jose Chapter

Monica Cunningham
San Diego-North County Chapter

Lewis Da Silva
Inland Empire Chapter

Taylor Gale
Orange County Chapter

Sylvia Guzman
Orange County Chapter

Kelly MacArthur
Temecula Valley Chapter

Rene Medina
Greater Long Beach Chapter

Samantha Mokma
Orange County- South Chapter

Bennet Perera
San Jose Chapter

Imelda Pulido
Inland Empire Chapter

Congratulations to our new CSTC members!

Legislative Advocacy

CSTC has been the leading Association in supporting legislation to provide protection for our profession, to support our profession, and to enhance our profession. CSTC continuously leads our industry through legislative advocacy, educational opportunities, and professional inclusion.

CSTC works closely with a Legislative Consultant to keep an eye on important bills that would affect taxpayers and small business owners.

Please click here to view the bills that CSTC is currently monitoring.


News from the IRS 

Security Summit warns tax pros of evolving email and cloud-based schemes to steal taxpayer data

IR-2022-143, July 26, 2022 — As part of a special Security Summit series, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and nation’s tax industry warn tax professionals to beware of evolving scams designed to steal client data.

New IRS Strategic Plan: Agency issues five-year plan with goal to help taxpayers

IR-2022-142, July 20, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today released a new five-year Strategic Plan that outlines its goals to improve taxpayer service and tax administration.

2021 tax extension filers don’t need to wait until October 17

IR-2022-141, July 19, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding the estimated 19 million taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2021 tax return that they don’t have to wait until mid-October to file. If a taxpayer has all the necessary information to file an accurate return, they can file electronically at any time before the October deadline and avoid a last-minute rush to file.

Security Summit: Identity Protection PINs provide an important defense against tax-related identity theft

IR-2022-140, July 19, 2022 — The Security Summit partners today encouraged tax professionals to increase their efforts to inform clients about the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to help protect people against tax-related identity theft.

IRS revises frequently asked questions about the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit

IR-2022-139, July 14, 2022 — The IRS today issued a revised set of frequently asked questions for the 2021 Child Tax Credit. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are released to the public in Fact Sheet 2022-32, July 14, 2022.

Free IRS/FTC webinar to focus on scams, ID theft and IP PINs

IR-2022-138, July 14, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission will sponsor a free webinar designed to help everyone recognize and combat tax scams and tax-related identity theft.

Extension filers: IRS.gov is the source for summertime tax help; agency encourages people to file soon

IR-2022-137, July 13, 2022 — With millions of people still waiting to file their tax returns, the IRS reminds them to file as soon as possible and take advantage of special tools available on IRS.gov that can help them file.

Special virtual sessions coming up for those interested in compliance positions; IRS hiring 470 revenue agents

IR-2022-136, July 12, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service, one of the largest single employers of professional accountants, is now hiring 470 revenue agents who will specialize in auditing or examining both individual and business taxpayers nationwide.

IRS Security Summit renews warnings for tax pros to guard against identity theft amid continued threats

IR-2022-135, July 12, 2022 — As the battle continues against tax-related identity theft, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry renewed their call for tax professionals to be on guard against new and ongoing threats involving their systems and taxpayer data.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum kicks off July 19

IR-2022-134, July 11, 2022 — This Thursday, July 14, is the last day for tax professionals to register to attend the 2022 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum and have access to all 32 webinars — including a keynote address by IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, updates on tax law, cybersecurity, practitioner ethics and more.

News Release and Fact Sheet Archive

Find an archive of news releases and fact sheets from November 2002 and news releases and a listing of fact sheets from 1997.
Click here for more information from the IRS

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  • Providing quality education
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Advocating professional standards

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