On August 6, 2020, the IRS issued proposed regulations (REG-132434-17) limiting the role of contractors hired to assist the IRS in audits, including during summons interviews. The proposed regulations implement Section 7602(f), enacted by the Taxpayer First Act (P.L. 116-25), which became effective on July 1, 2019. They withdraw and replace proposed regulations issued in March 2018 (prior to the passage of the Taxpayer First Act) that placed looser restrictions on the roles of contractors.

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