Terms of Engagement
Thank you for selecting AMS ProServ to assist you with your tax affairs. This letter confirms the terms of our engagement with you and the nature and extent of services we will provide.
We will prepare your 2016 Federal, State, and Local income tax returns you request using information you provide to us. We may ask for clarification of some items, but we will not audit or otherwise verify the data you submit.
It is your responsibility to provide information required for preparation of complete and accurate returns. You should keep all documents, canceled checks and other data that support your reported income and deductions. They may be necessary to prove accuracy and completeness of the returns to a taxing authority. You are responsible for the returns, so you should review them carefully before you sign them.
Our work will not include any procedures to discover defalcations or other irregularities. The only accounting or analysis work we will do is that which is necessary for preparation of your income tax returns.
We must use our judgment in resolving questions where the tax law is unclear, or where there may be conflicts between the taxing authorities’ interpretations of the law and other supportable positions. In order to avoid penalties, we will apply the “more likely than not” reliance standard to resolve such issues. You agree to honor our decisions regarding the need to make protective disclosures in your returns.
The law also imposes penalties when taxpayers understate their tax liability. If you have concerns about such penalties, please call us. The law also requires you to notify us of any all foreign financial accounts – failure to do so could result in adverse ramifications, including penalties, etc.
You may receive audit or adjustment notices from Federal, State, and Local taxing authorities. Any proposed adjustments are subject to appeal. In the event you receive any notices, we can arrange to be available to represent you. Such representation will be a separate engagement for which an engagement letter will be provided to you. Fees and expenses for responding to these notices will be invoiced in accordance with terms we agree on for that engagement.
Fees for our services will be at our standard rates for tax work which vary according to the degree of responsibility involved. Invoices are due and payable upon presentation of completed tax return unless prior arrangements have been made. You acknowledge that, if we withdraw from this engagement as a result of your failure to pay on a timely basis, we shall not be liable to you for any damages that occur as a result.
We will retain copies of records you supplied to us along with our work papers for your engagement for a period of seven years. After seven years, our work papers and engagement files will be destroyed. All of your original records will be returned to you at the end of this engagement. You should keep the original records in secure storage.
To affirm that this letter correctly summarizes your understanding of the arrangements for this work, you must agree by submitting your electronic signature at http://amsproserv.com/taxstart