Assignment Choice #1: Client Confidentiality
John Jones, CPA, has been in business preparing tax returns for 20 years. On January 2, 2013, without consent of his clients, Mr. Jones â€œcompiled a list of specific taxpayer information which could be used to contact taxpayers on the list to provide tax information and general business or economic information or analysis for educational purposes.â€ (Maples, 2009, p.68) according to IRS ruling, as issued under SEC. 7216.gob (also see T.D. 9608), are the actions of Jones considered a violation in the disclosure of client confidentiality? If so, could his actions result in Mr. Jones being charged with a criminal misdemeanor involving a maximum penalty of $1000 or one year in prison, or both, plus cost of prosecution?
Required: Did John Jones violate client confidentiality? What is your opinion? Your well-written paper must be 2-3 pages, in addition to title and reference pages. The paper should be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements (Links to an external site.). Cite at least two peer-reviewed sources, in addition to the required reading for the module.