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Representing Attorneys Before The IRS OPR

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Representation of Attorneys before the IRS OPR

Former Senior OPR Enforcement Lawyer Kevin E. Thorn Offers Unique, Strategic Defense for Attorneys Facing Disciplinary Action Before the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility

Lawyers who are facing serious legal problems understand the importance of getting the right advice from a renowned legal advocate with a strong background handling similar cases. That is why attorneys who are facing an investigation or accusations of wrongdoing by the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) turn to Thorn Law Group.

Kevin E. Thorn is the only attorney who is currently in private practice who was previously a Senior Attorney with the OPR. Because of his background working for the IRS, as well as his many years of experience defending tax professionals accused of wrongdoing, Mr. Thorn has an unparalleled understanding of the legal strategies necessary to prevail in an administrative disciplinary hearing before the OPR. 

Attorneys who have been accused of violating IRS rules and regulations found in Circular 230 can get the help they need from Thorn Law Group to protect their reputation and their opportunity for continued career success.

How We Can Help Attorneys Avoid Serious OPR Sanctions

The Office of Professional Responsibility has jurisdiction over many legal professionals, even attorneys who do not specialize in the field of tax preparation. Because a 2004 law, the Jobs Act, expanded the definition of what it means to practice before the IRS, many attorneys who provide tax advice to clients or who communicate with the IRS on behalf of clients have found themselves subject to a host of complex and technical federal regulations.

The regulations found in 31 Code of Federal Regulations Title 10 impose a host of requirements on anyone who falls into the broad definition of practicing before the IRS, and these regulations can impact every aspect of the work an attorney performs. Attorneys can face professional discipline for a wide array of matters, including:

  • Improperly prepared tax documents
  • Fees charged to clients for help with tax matters
  • Advice given to clients on tax avoidance
  • Failure to conduct the required due diligence when submitting forms or paperwork

When an attorney is accused of wrongdoing by the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, the penalties that may be imposed can include suspension of the ability to practice before the IRS, monetary sanctions, and other consequences. However, it is important to understand that attorneys have the right to an administrative hearing. If you are facing IRS accusations of misconduct, Thorn Law Group is ready to fight on your behalf. We work diligently to protect your rights and reputation, doing everything in our power to help you avoid serious OPR penalties.

Consult With Thorn Law Group Today to Prevent OPR Penalties

In addition to the damage an OPR sanction can impart upon an attorney's reputation and ability to practice law, the law firm employing the attorney can also face severe penalties. Legal professionals may find themselves unable to work for firms practicing before the IRS, which can substantially narrow professional opportunities. Fortunately, attorneys accused of misconduct by the IRS have the right to defend themselves against the allegations, and should be represented by a skilled and knowledgeable professional misconduct defense lawyer with experience representing attorneys before the OPR.

Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, is the only former Senior OPR Enforcement attorney currently in private practice. Mr. Thorn can provide the representation and advice that attorneys need when they are facing allegations of violating Circular 230 regulations. If you are involved in a serious OPR case and you are forced to fight for your professional future at an administrative hearing, call us today at (202) 349-4033 to schedule a consultation so we can begin working on the best possible legal strategy for your unique situation.

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"Mr. Thorn and the attorneys at Thorn Law Group were so knowledgeable about the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program and about the way the IRS Criminal Investigation Division works. Mr. Thorn helped put my mind at ease and walked me through the whole Voluntary Disclosure process. With the help of Thorn Law Group, and Mr. Thorn specifically, we were able to get back into compliance and were able to avoid criminal prosecution."