The Internal Revenue Service will begin conducting an annual survey of tax professionals early this month.

The IRS's Small Business Self-Employed Division will telephone a random selection of tax professionals between early November and January 2009 to gather their opinions on experiences with filing federal tax returns and dealing with the IRS on behalf of their clients.

This year's survey has been expanded to capture feedback from unenrolled return preparers, in addition to CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents. The randomly selected survey respondents will receive a pre-letter from a survey contractor, Pacific Market Research, and a letter from SBSE Commissioner Chris Wagner with further details and a contact point to answer any questions.

The 18-25-minute survey is voluntary, the IRS emphasized, and all responses will remain confidential.

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