The following was written by James H. Chapman EA MPA MA, Lecturer-in-Residence Emeritus at the Tax Law Institute, 2008 - 2018
"Before making your final decision to attempt the U.S. Tax Court Non-attorney [Bar Admissions] Examination, please note these statistics: Only a few candidates from the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 testing session actually passed the exam and were admitted. Several of those who passed the exam have been blocked from admission to the Bar by reason of their background check. Therefore only a select minority of those actually taking the exam actually pass and are admitted to the Bar. Also, the vast majority of candidates take the exam more than once."
The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own record for review. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests.
Who may request a copy of a record (or proof that a record does not exist)?
Requesting background checks for employment or licensing
- Option 1: Submit your request directly to the FBI
- Option 2: Your fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes. You must provide a current fingerprint card. Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card. Visit https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks
What happens next?
- Does the applicant have delinquent parking or moving violations?
- Does the applicant have unpaid alimony (and other debt) docketed in the courts in any jurisdiction?
- Does the applicant have a record of an encounter with law enforcement or the criminal courts?
- Low credit scores
- Bad checks
- Liens and judgments
- Delinquent tax returns and IRS defaulted installment agreements
- Past and ongoing civil or criminal proceedings in foreign jurisdictions (other States and U.S. territories)