The Internal Revenue Service plans to hold the last of its public forums on improving tax preparer standards at the end of the month, featuring panelists from the tax software industry and unenrolled preparers.

The forum is scheduled to take place in Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The IRS announced in June that it plans to produce a comprehensive set of recommendations by the end of the year on strengthening industry standards for tax preparers in an effort to boost compliance. The IRS intends to produce a uniform code of ethical conduct for tax preparers.

The forum will convene at 9 a.m. Central Time in the J.R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, in the lower level auditorium. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail

The first public forum was held on July 30 in Washington, D.C., and featured a panel of consumer groups and another panel of tax professional organizations. A second forum was held in D.C. on Sept. 2 featuring federal and state government agencies.

The IRS issued Notice 2009-60 on July 24, calling for public comments to allow other interested individuals and entities to have the opportunity to contribute ideas. More than 450 comments were received by the Aug. 31 deadline.

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