Circular 230, Publication 947 available in Spanish for tax pros for the first time

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Circular 230, Publication 947 available in Spanish for tax pros for the first time

WASHINGTON — As part of an ongoing initiative to provide information and assistance to underserved communities more effectively, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is making two key publications designed for tax professionals available in Spanish.

A Spanish-language version of Publication 947, Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney, is now available. A Spanish version of Circular No. 230, Regulations Governing Practice before the Internal Revenue Service, will soon be posted to IRS.gov. Making these two publications available in Spanish helps the IRS reach its goal of serving all taxpayers, no matter where they live, their background, or what language they speak.

“Spanish-speaking tax pros have long played a vital role in helping businesses and families understand their tax-reporting responsibilities and take full advantage of valuable tax benefits,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We believe adding these two important professional resources in Spanish will help tax pros more effectively serve and represent this important community. This is just one more step in our continuing efforts to increase the information and services available in Spanish and other languages.”

Circular 230 is a critical document for those practicing before the IRS. The title refers to Treasury Department Circular No. 230, which defines and governs who may practice before the IRS. Those covered by Circular 230 include attorneys, certified public accountants, Enrolled Agents, enrolled retirement plan agents, enrolled actuaries and others practicing before the IRS. The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility oversees Circular 230, including enforcing violations.

“Circular 230 will turn 100 years old in February, and making this document available in Spanish for the first time is an appropriate milestone,” said Sharyn Fisk, IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Director. “We will continue to look for other opportunities to make information available to tax professionals in additional languages.”

In tax-year 2020, for the first time, Form 1040 will be available in Spanish and English. In another first, the 2020 Form 1040 will also allow taxpayers to indicate on the form whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English should the IRS need to contact them. 

For more information about tax help in Spanish and other languages, visit IRS.gov.

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