It’s a holiday week, so I’m re-publishing popular blog posts from the past. New material resumes next Tuesday the 10th. This post from almost exactly 2 years ago features me going on an editorial rant about the IRS’s “Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications.” Looking at this again with 2 […]
RTRP stands for Registered Tax Return Preparer, a program/designation the IRS tried to get off the ground a few years ago. The RTRP program would have required unlicensed tax preparers to pass an open-book exam before they could prepare tax returns. The IRS ended up losing a court battle, and the RTRP program was shelved.
The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is a voluntary IRS program to recognize certain tax preparers who are not EAs, CPAs or attorneys.
One accountant’s opinion on how tax preparers should be regulated.
CPAs and EAs are sometimes at each other’s throats about which designation is better. Such debates accomplish little.
The IRS’s tax preparer directory will likely be bad news for Enrolled Agents.
Time to wade into the IRS preparer regulation fray again. The IRS is plowing forward with a voluntary program for tax preparers that falls well short of “regulation.” And for some reason, the AICPA has filed a lawsuit against the IRS. My understanding of the program is that if a preparer sits through 18 hours of […]
I haven’t said anything about regulation of tax preparers in a long time, even though the IRS is now proposing a new, voluntary system for regulation of tax preparers, because my opposition to new designations has always been consistent. But there’ve been some posts about this on other tax blogs lately, and the National Association […]
Here’s something that’s been bothering me: I oppose government regulation of tax preparers. There’s a strong argument against more government intervention. And there’s a high likelihood that the regulation would be a failure. And there’s also a strong argument that Enrolled Agents would be hurt because we’d fall further to the fringes of the tax […]
On the tax blog-o-sphere, those of us who work in the field go round-and-round periodically, debating whether or not the regulation of tax preparers is a good idea. We know that the IRS thinks it’s a good idea. But one obvious question hasn’t been asked: if the IRS thinks that licensing of tax preparers is […]