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be prepared

1. To remain in a state of preparedness for any unexpected or uncertain occasion that may arise. Popularized by the Boy Scouts of America, who use the phrase as their motto. It's a good thing I always carry a spare bicycle tube when I cycle to work. Like the Boy Scouts say, always be prepared!
2. To always carry a prophylactic (condom) or other means of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, should an unexpected sexual encounter arise. A euphemistic appropriation of the motto of the Boy Scouts of America, "Be prepared." When you begin dating someone new, you should always be prepared!
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prepare the ground (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible had the previous administration not prepared the ground. As CEO of the company, I prepared the ground for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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prepare the way (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not prepared the way. As CEO of the company, I prepared the way for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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Hope for the best and prepare for the worst,

 and Hope for the best but expect the worst.
Prov. You should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for disaster. While my father was in the hospital after his heart attack, we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. When you study for a major exam, hope for the best but expect the worst. Don't make yourself anxious worrying that it will be too difficult, but review as if you expect the exam to be extremely hard.
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If you want peace, (you must) prepare for war.

Prov. If a country is well armed, its opponents will be less likely to attack it. Wilbur was always arguing with those of his friends who believed in disarmament. "Getting rid of our weapons won't promote peace," he would say. "If you want peace, you must prepare for war."
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prepare someone for something

to build someone up for shocking news. I went in and had a talk with her to prepare her for the report. You should prepare yourself for the worst.
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prepare someone or something for something

to get someone or something ready for something. I prepared her for her trip by going over her itinerary. I prepared the garden for planting.
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prepare the ground

COMMON If you prepare the ground for a future event or course of action, you do things which will make it easier for that thing to happen. The president made it clear that his administration would continue to prepare the ground for future military action. The talks prepared the ground for the meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Washington on September 19.
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prepare the ground

make it easier for something to occur or be developed.
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prepare the ˈground (for something)

do something which makes it possible or easier for something to happen: By making her his deputy, the chairman was preparing the ground for her to replace him after he retired.The meeting was to prepare the ground for next week’s peace talks.
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be prepared

To be willing (to do something): I am not prepared to defend him when I know he was wrong.
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The Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications is a free searchable and sortable database.
Despite this approximately 80% "success rate," the preparer received a "very substantial fine.
The first issue addresses whether a return preparer is subject to an understatement penalty under IRC [section] 6694(b) if the tax return wasn't filed.
However, only 40% of paid tax preparers are subject to mandatory professional standards, raising concerns about the possibility of errors or fraud in the tax preparation process.
2/11/14), which held that the IRS does not have statutory authority to regulate tax return preparers, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen indicated that, while the IRS might look to Congress to give it authority to regulate return preparers, he was also considering a "voluntary certification" program.
In response, among other actions, IRS officials issued a memorandum to field offices emphasizing the importance of properly approving in writing the preparer penalty assessment.
Not all tax preparers who are doing business in California are legally qualified
258) However, with this limited testing, the Service has indicated it will issue guidance concerning limitations on the types of returns a registered preparer is permitted to prepare after completing the competency examination.
As part of the Tax Reform Act of 1976, Congress enacted a tax preparer penalty statute, i.
6) Find out if the tax return preparer is affiliated with a professional organization.
He said the new measures will include paid tax preparer enforcement and investigation of preparer misconduct.
In the first of these revisions (1989), the tax preparer penalty provision (in particular the [section] 6694(a) penalty) was redirected, expanded in scope, and increased in magnitude.
To find a qualified tax preparer, call a practitioner and ask:
However, as Professor Book states, a causal link among the availability of RALs, preparer behavior, and taxpayer noncompliance has not been established.
The AICPA last month sent a letter to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service regarding proposed regulations for tax return preparer penalties that changed as a result of a law passed in May 2007 (the same law that imposed the "more likely than not" provision for tax positions on returns).
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