The Internal Revenue Service has set Wednesday, Sept. 2, as the second date in a series of public forums to discuss performance standards for tax preparers.

The forum will take place in Washington, D.C., and will include representatives from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Government Accountability Office, as well as from the states of California, Maryland, Oregon and New York.

In June, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said that he intended to propose a comprehensive set of recommendations by the end of the year to ensure uniform and high ethical standards of conduct for tax preparers in order to increase taxpayer compliance (see IRS Plans to Step Up Tax Preparer Regulation).

The Sept. 2 forum will convene at 9 a.m. ET in the IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20224. Those who wish to attend should send an e-mail message to

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 third forum will be held in Chicago on Sept. 30 featuring independent return preparers and software industry representatives.

The IRS is soliciting written comments and they must be received by Aug. 31, 2009.  They should be submitted to CCPA:LPD:PR (Notice 2009-60), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044, or e-mailed to Please include “Notice 2009-60” in the subject line of any e-mail messages. More details can be found in the notice.

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