Federal Paid Preparer's Earned Income Credit Checklist
Extracted from PDF file 2018-federal-form-8867.pdf, last modified November 2018
Paid Preparer's Earned Income Credit ChecklistForm 8867 Paid Preparer’s Due Diligence Checklist OMB No. 1545-0074 2018 Earned Income Credit (EIC), American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) (including the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) and Credit for Other Dependents (ODC)), and Head of Household (HOH) Filing Status ▶ To be completed by preparer and filed with Form 1040, 1040NR, 1040SS, or 1040PR. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service ▶ Go to www.irs.gov/Form8867 for instructions and the latest information. Attachment Sequence No. 70 Taxpayer identification number Taxpayer name(s) shown on return Enter preparer’s name and PTIN Part I Due Diligence Requirements Please check the appropriate box for the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status claimed on this return and complete the related Parts I–V for the benefit(s), and/or HOH filing status claimed (check all that apply). 1 Did you complete the return based on information for tax year 2018 provided by the taxpayer or reasonably obtained by you? . . . . . . . . . . 2 If credits are claimed on the return, did you complete the applicable EIC and/ or CTC/ACTC/ODC worksheets found in the Form 1040, 1040SS, 1040PR, or 1040NR instructions, and/or the AOTC worksheet found in the Form 8863 instructions, or your own worksheet(s) that provides the same information, and all related forms and schedules for each credit claimed? . . . . . . Did you satisfy the knowledge requirement? To meet the knowledge requirement, you must do both of the following. EIC CTC/ ACTC/ODC AOTC No Yes No • Interview the taxpayer, ask questions, and document the taxpayer’s responses to determine that the taxpayer is eligible to claim the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status. • Review information to determine that the taxpayer is eligible to claim the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status and the amount of any credit(s) claimed. Yes No Did any information provided by the taxpayer or a third party for use in preparing the return, or information reasonably known to you, appear to be incorrect, incomplete, or inconsistent? (If “Yes,” answer questions 4a and 4b. If “No,” go to question 5.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No a Did you make reasonable inquiries to determine the correct, complete, and consistent information? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No b Did you document your inquiries? (Documentation should include the questions you asked, whom you asked, when you asked, the information that was provided, and the impact the information had on your preparation of the return.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No 3 Yes 4 5 Did you satisfy the record retention requirement? To meet the record retention requirement, you must keep a copy of your documentation referenced in 4b, a copy of this Form 8867, a copy of any applicable worksheet(s), a record of how, when, and from whom the information used to prepare Form 8867 and any applicable worksheet(s) was obtained, and a copy of any document(s) provided by the taxpayer that you relied on to determine eligibility for the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status or to compute the amount of the credit(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOH N/A List those documents, if any, that you relied on. 6 7 Did you ask the taxpayer whether he/she could provide documentation to substantiate eligibility for the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status and the amount of any credit(s) claimed on the return if his/her return is selected for audit? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Did you ask the taxpayer if any of these credits were disallowed or reduced in a previous year? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (If credits were disallowed or reduced, go to question 7a; if not, go to question 8.) a Did you complete the required recertification Form 8862? . . . . . . . 8 If the taxpayer is reporting self-employment income, did you ask questions to prepare a complete and correct Form 1040, Schedule C? . . . . . . . For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see separate instructions. Cat. No. 26142H N/A N/A N/A Form 8867 (2018) Page 2 Form 8867 (2018) Part II Due Diligence Questions for Returns Claiming EIC (If the return does not claim EIC, go to Part III.) CTC/ EIC ACTC/ODC 9a Have you determined that this taxpayer is, in fact, eligible to claim the EIC for the number of children for whom the EIC is claimed, or to claim the EIC if the taxpayer has no qualifying child? (Skip 9b and 9c if the taxpayer is claiming the EIC and does not have a qualifying child.) . . . . . . . . . . . b Did you ask the taxpayer if the child lived with the taxpayer for over half of the year, even if the taxpayer has supported the child the entire year? . . . c Did you explain to the taxpayer the rules about claiming the EIC when a child is the qualifying child of more than one person (tiebreaker rules)? . . . . Part III Yes AOTC HOH No Yes No Yes No N/A Due Diligence Questions for Returns Claiming CTC/ACTC/ODC (If the return does not claim CTC, ACTC, or ODC, go to Part IV.) CTC/ EIC AOTC HOH ACTC/ODC 10 Have you determined that each qualifying person for the CTC/ACTC/ODC is the taxpayer’s dependent who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States? 11 Did you explain to the taxpayer that he/she may not claim the CTC/ACTC if the taxpayer has not lived with the child for over half of the year, even if the taxpayer has supported the child, unless the child’s custodial parent has released a claim to exemption for the child? . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No Yes No N/A Did you explain to the taxpayer the rules about claiming the CTC/ACTC/ODC for Yes No a child of divorced or separated parents (or parents who live apart), including any requirement to attach a Form 8332 or similar statement to the return? . . N/A Part IV Due Diligence Questions for Returns Claiming AOTC (If the return does not claim AOTC, go to Part V.) CTC/ EIC AOTC ACTC/ODC 12 HOH 13 Did the taxpayer provide the required substantiation for the credit, including a Form 1098-T and/or receipts for the qualified tuition and related expenses for the claimed AOTC? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No Part V Due Diligence Questions for Claiming HOH (If the return does not claim HOH filing status, go to Part VI.) CTC/ EIC AOTC HOH ACTC/ODC 14 Have you determined that the taxpayer was unmarried or considered unmarried on the last day of the tax year and provided more than half of the Yes cost of keeping up a home for the year for a qualifying person? . . . . . Part VI Eligibility Certification ▶ You will have complied with all due diligence requirements for claiming the applicable credit(s) and/or HOH filing status on the return of the taxpayer identified above if you: No A. Interview the taxpayer, ask adequate questions, document the taxpayer’s responses on the return or in your notes, review adequate information to determine if the taxpayer is eligible to claim the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status and to determine the amount of the credit(s) claimed; B. Complete this Form 8867 truthfully and accurately and complete the actions described in this checklist for any applicable credit(s) claimed and HOH filing status, if claimed; C. Submit Form 8867 in the manner required; and D. Keep all five of the following records for 3 years from the latest of the dates specified in the Form 8867 instructions under Document Retention. 1. A copy of Form 8867; 2. The applicable worksheet(s) or your own worksheet(s) for any credit(s) claimed; 3. Copies of any documents provided by the taxpayer on which you relied to determine eligibility for the credit(s) and/or HOH filing status; 4. A record of how, when, and from whom the information used to prepare this form and the applicable worksheet(s) was obtained; and 5. A record of any additional questions you may have asked to determine eligibility to claim the credit(s), and/or HOH filing status and the amount(s) of any credit(s) claimed and the taxpayer’s answers. ▶ If you have not complied with all due diligence requirements, you may have to pay a $520 penalty for each failure to comply related to a claim of an applicable credit or HOH filing status. 15 Do you certify that all of the answers on this Form 8867 are, to the best of your knowledge, true, correct, and complete? . . . . . . . . . . . Yes No Form 8867 (2018)
2018 Form 8867
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