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ACPEN Signature: 2022 Handling IRS Audits and Collections Today

Total Credits: 8 including 8 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Tax |  IRS Approved
Patti Logan, EA |  James A. Smith, CPA, CGMA |  David R. Stubblefield, EA |  Kyle Coleman |  LG Brooks, EA |  Theodore A. Sinars, Esq.
Course Levels:
8 Hours



Between Covid protocols and procedural changes, as tax professionals we are facing challenges handling IRS audits and collection cases.  This course will cover preparing for the audit which includes the types of audits, handling client expectations, working with the auditors, confidentiality and the Kovel Agreement.  We will also address issues that arise during the audit including requests for extensions of the assessment statute; surprises; handling tricky issues; and expanded audits. Finally, we will discuss the end of the audit including the options your client has. Appeals? Should the case go to tax court?  What happens then?

There are several times where it is appropriate to reopen and audit.  We will discuss the benefits of the various ways. In the collection arena we will discuss how the case gets to collection, the types of IRS collectors and what each can do.  We will cover the methods of resolving a balance due issue; preparing the forms for collection, allowable expenses.  As it relates to appeals, we will cover the different types of resolution and what to watch out for in working a collection case.  We will also discuss the differences between handling an income tax collection case versus a payroll tax case.  As well as the steps the tax preparer can take to prepare their client and help them to cure the problems.  

The IRS has several enforcement tools.  We will review how to represent your client when the different types of collection tools are used.  This will include liens and the different types of certificates available when a lien has been filed; levy actions including levies on business assets; and when to worry that the case could be referred to Criminal Investigation.  

Finally, we will address the different ways to appeal proposed actions as well as handling actions already taken and handling the case in Appeals.  

**Please Note:  If you need credit reported to the IRS for this IRS approved program, please download the IRS CE request form on the Course Materials Tab and submit to

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize IRS structure and organization and the rules regarding the audit and examination of returns,
  • Recognize and understand the appeals process with the IRS
  • Identify the collection process and penalty provisions in the IRS Code, and
  • Identify some practical suggestions for managing the IRS audit.

Major Subjects
  • Preparing for an IRS audit 
  • Types of audits
  • Confidentiality and the Kovel Agreement
  • Issues that arise during the audit
  • Post Audit Client Options
  • Issues Related to Collections and the Types of Collectors
  • Methods for Resolving Balance Due Situations
  • Income Tax vs. Payroll Tax Issues
  • Preparing your client to Understand and Resolve Issues
  • Options for Appeals

Course Materials


James A. Smith, CPA, CGMA's Profile

James A. Smith, CPA, CGMA Related seminars and products

Managing Director

Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC

James A. Smith, CPA, CGMA, serves as Managing Director of Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC, a Dallas based, full service Certified Public Accounting firm.  In his fifty years of professional experience, he has performed audit engagements in real estate development and construction, investment partnerships, manufacturing, utilities, retail, transportation, and health care.  He has worked with companies ranging in size from large, multinational corporations to small, closely held businesses.  He has also been engaged extensively in tax and financial planning consultations for closely held businesses and their owners; tax compliance and tax controversy representation.

Mr. Smith has been a frequent panelist on ACPEN webinars.  He has appeared as a featured commentator on all four Dallas/Ft. Worth network news stations, including three and one-half years as a featured business commentator on KXAS, TV5; on the TSCPA “CPAs on Call” state-wide tax television program; and on various radio news programs.  He has conducted seminars on tax and financial planning for the Dallas Chapter of the TSCPA, stock brokerage firms and life insurance companies, and on marketing and practice management for the TSCPA, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, the Arkansas Society of CPAs, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs.  He has made presentations on analyzing financial statements for the reporting staffs of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, and San Antonio Express.  He has also made CPE presentations on SSARS standards for the Illinois Society of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, the Dallas Chapter of TSCPA, the Southeast Texas Chapter of TSCPA, and others.

Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) for the 2007-2008 year, as an elected member of its Executive Board and its Board of Directors, and as Treasurer and Treasurer-Elect. He served as an elected member of the AICPA Council 2007 through 2011 and 2012 through 2015.  He also served as an appointed member of two of the AICPA’s key standard setting committees:  the Accounting and Review Services Committee, 2008 through 2011 and the Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee, 2014 to 2018.  He has served as Chair of the Dallas Chapter of TSCPA (DCTSCPA) for the 2002-2003 year and a member of its Board of Directors.  He has served the TSCPA as Communications Subcommittee Chair of the Federal Tax Policy Committee, Attestation Subcommittee Chair of the Professional Standards Committee, Chair of the External Relations Steering Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the MAP Future Issues Committee, Sub-Committee Chair of the Quality Review Committee, and Chair of the Public Practice Association.  In recognition of his service, Mr. Smith has been named an Honorary Fellow of the TSCPA in 2017, presented with its Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession in Texas Award in 2013, and had been named Outstanding Steering Committee Chairman for the year 1999-2000, Outstanding Committee Chairman for the year 1995-1996, and Outstanding Committee Member for the Years 1992-1993 and 1995-96.  The DCTSCPA also named him CPA of the Year for 1999-2000.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Accounting and Economics.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and is a licensed Registered Investment Advisor.

Mr. Smith resides in Dallas with Charlie, his wife of 50 years. They have three grown daughters, all of whom are married, a grandson and three granddaughters.

David R. Stubblefield, EA Related seminars and products

David R. Stubblefield, EA, is the Tax Manager at the Dallas, Texas firm, Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC. He brings to the firm’s taxation department 38 years of diverse domestic and international federal taxation experience within the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to senior technical work, other positions held during his career with the IRS include; Chief, Examination Branch, Large Case Manager and Senior Regional Analyst. As a regional analyst he provided oversight and direction throughout an eight-state region over key programs that included; Coordinated Large Case Examinations, International, Insurance and the Industry Specialization Program. Dave served on two IRS Commissioner’s National Redesign Teams involved in the reorganization and modernization of the IRS. He was project manager on two national IRS initiatives relating to foreign owned businesses, the Maquiladora Industry Specialization Program and training for Large Case examination personnel. As the Dean of the IRS School of Taxation he led a group to modernize and upgrade the curriculum and methods of teaching and developing IRS Compliance personnel. Working with IRS Counsel and Examination personnel, Dave organized and directed a multitude of litigation strategies and initiatives involving various industries. These efforts resulted in key court decisions and identification of coordinated issues, having nationwide impact. Dave was active in the Service’s Taxpayer Education and outreach activities throughout his career. He developed new IRS training programs and made tax-related presentations to IRS personnel, major universities, foreign trade zones, State of Texas Department of Insurance and tax administrators from foreign countries. Dave joined the private CPA firm sector in December 2000 and is an Enrolled Agent certified to practice before the IRS in tax matters. He is active in tax planning and tax return preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts that involve domestic and international clients. In addition he coordinates a substantial volume of IRS Issue Resolution cases, representing clients before the IRS involving audits, collection issues, offers-in-compromise and installment agreements. Since joining the private sector Dave has made presentations to various accounting and professional groups around the country and colleges and universities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He has written published articles for the Journal of Accounting, Journal of Taxation, Tax Practice and The Tax Lawyer. Dave is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Kyle Coleman's Profile

Kyle Coleman Related seminars and products

Kyle Coleman is a shareholder in Coleman & Jackson, P.C. in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Coleman’s practice concentrates on federal tax related controversy matters, including litigation in Federal District Court, the United States Tax Court, and the Court of Federal Claims.  Mr. Coleman also represents taxpayers in Internal Revenue Service audits, appeals, and collection actions.  Mr. Coleman has been admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Colorado, and the United States Tax Court.

In addition to tax controversy, Mr. Coleman also represents clients in estate and business planning as well as asset protection.  His practice includes entity formation, asset transfers, and wills and trusts.  

Theodore A. Sinars, Esq.'s Profile

Theodore A. Sinars, Esq. Related seminars and products

Ted concentrates his practice in the areas of Internal Revenue Service civil and criminal taxation, procedure and litigation. In the area of civil taxation, this includes representation of corporations, individuals, partnerships, government entities, tax exempt organizations, trusts and estates in audits and administrative appeals and in Tax Court, federal district court and appellate matters. Representative issues include: defining income under multiple theories; deductions; basis; valuation; depreciation and amortization; tax shelter investments; employment taxes; transfer taxes; excise taxes; and penalties. Ted also represents taxpayers in connection with similar matters before the Illinois Department of Revenue. In the area of criminal tax and white collar criminal investigations, Ted has represented numerous individual and corporate clients during the course of Internal Revenue Service and grand jury investigations, Department of Justice Tax Division and United States Attorney’s Office review and federal district court litigation and appellate matters.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information



Advanced Preparation


Designed For

CPAs in public practice who prepare tax returns and represent their clients on IRS examinations

Original Recording Date


Yellow Book


Course Developer

Business Professionals' Network (ACPEN)

Date Added to Catalog


Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy

Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints.

Official Registry Statement

Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Refund/Cancellation Policy

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Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration



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