More than eighty percent of Americans turn to paid tax preparers or tax preparation software when it comes time to file their taxes. The IRS has recently released the results of a landmark study that suggests both tax payers and the federal government will benefit from new registration, testing, and continuing education of tax preparers. Based on the report’s findings, the IRS has launched a new initiative to improve tax preparation services.
One of the major goals of the program, which will kick off in time for the 2010 tax year, is to ensure that taxpayers receive competent service from well-qualified professional tax preparers. Toward that goal, the IRS plans to implement the following (from the IRS website):
- Requiring all paid tax return preparers who must sign a federal tax return to register with the IRS and obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). These preparers will be subject to a limited tax compliance check to ensure they have filed federal personal, employment and business tax returns and that the tax due on those returns has been paid.
- Requiring competency tests for all paid tax return preparers except attorneys, certified public accountants (CPAs) and enrolled agents who are active and in good standing with their respective licensing agencies.
- Requiring ongoing continuing professional education for all paid tax return preparers except attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents and others who are already subject to continuing education requirements.
- Extending the ethical rules found in Treasury Department Circular 230 — which currently only apply to attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents who practice before the IRS — to all paid preparers. This expansion would allow the IRS to suspend or otherwise discipline tax return preparers who engage in unethical or disreputable conduct.
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