VASEA Webinar: IRS Criminal Investigation and the Professional Return Preparer

  • 05/09/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Via BigMarker


  • VASEA members, please login to your VASEA account to get the discount.


IRS Criminal Investigation and the Professional Return Preparer

This presentation will familiarize participants with one of IRS Criminal Investigation’s core mission cases: unscrupulous return preparers who may have violated the tax law(s). It will also cover when contact is made by IRS Criminal Investigation with the professional return preparer when a client is under investigation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand why unscrupulous return preparer criminal cases are core to IRS – Criminal Investigation’s mission,
  2. Understand what criminal violations IRS-Criminal Investigation may investigate,
  3. Understand what tools IRS- Criminal Investigation may use to develop and further unscrupulous return preparer investigations, and
  4. Understand what steps to take when contact is made by a Special Agent of IRS-Criminal Investigation when a client is under investigation.


Before forming the Black Raven Advisory Group, LLC Christopher Wajda, served for more than 32 years with the Internal Revenue Service. His last position was as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Washington D.C. Field Office - IRS - Criminal Investigation. As the ASAC, he led and guided some of the most significant criminal white-collar investigations ever to have been conducted in the U.S

Currently Christopher Wajda is in private practice in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area serving clients on a worldwide basis. He is a licensed Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, and he is registered as a private investigator with the Commonwealth of Virginia (99-662057). He has over 35 years of experience in complex criminal and civil financial investigations.

Participants earn up to 1.0 CE/CPE credits.

Field of Study: Federal Tax Law Topics / Taxes
Pre-Requisites: Basic knowledge of federal taxation and Circular 230
Who Should Attend: CPAs, EAs, Tax Preparers, Tax Attorneys
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic to Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
IRS Program Number:  QSRNU-T-00597-23-O 

A personalized login will be sent to online registrants prior to the event.

Registration Fees
Members: $30
Non-Members: $50

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Member Discount Eligibility
Member pricing applies to NAEA and VASEA Members, Associates, and current VASEA Annual CE Pass holders, and their staff. Staff are only eligible for VASEA member rates if registration is paid for by a VASEA Member, Associate or current CE passholder.

Group discounts at education functions are given to multiple attendees from a single firm when there is one payment for all registrations: 3‐5 attendees = 5% each; 6‐10 = 10%; 11 or more = 15%.

Additional Administrative Fees 
Please review your registration information for accuracy BEFORE completing payment.  A $25 administrative fee will be charged in all cases where the VASEA office is required to make edits to your registration for payment or CE credit, including inadvertently paying the non-member rate and requesting a refund, inaccurate PTIN entry, or misspelling your name. 

Phone or Email Registration Options
There is a $25 additional fee for registrations taken over the phone or via email.

Refund Policy
No refunds.  Substitutions are allowed if received 48-hours prior to the start of the webinar.  “No Shows” forfeit their fees.  All registrants receive a recording of the webinar whether or not they attend.

VASEA reserves the right to cancel any program or course for circumstances that are not under direct control of VASEA. If a course or program is cancelled, registrants will be notified via email at the address listed on their registration form.

Complaint Resolution Policy
For more information regarding refund, cancellation and complaint policies, please contact VASEA Administrator, Heather Greenwell at or call (804) 723-5888.

Contact Heather Greenwell, CAE, VASEA Administrator, at (804) 723-5888.

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