As IRS employees are returning to work following the conclusion of the sixteen-day federal government shutdown that ended late last week, the agency said on October 18 it is assessing the impact the work stoppage had on its national operations.
On March 27, a federal appeals court refused to lift an injunction issued January 18 by a lower court against the IRS' effort to license tax preparers. The ruling means the IRS' requirements for mandatory testing and continuing education of all tax preparers remain suspended.
On February 1, the District Court for the District of Columbia, which had enjoined the IRS from enforcing its new regulatory schemes, modified its order to clarify that the IRS can continue to operate the system requiring PTINs.
The IRS hasn't given up its fight to regulate independent tax preparers. It has asked a federal court to suspend the federal court injunction issued last week that blocked the IRS effort until a new motion can be filed.
The IRS has issued an important reminder to 730,000 federal tax return preparers around the country: Don't forget to renew your PTIN for 2013. It has also cautioned tax professionals who must meet new competency tests to schedule their exams.
The Institute for Justice filed suit against the IRS on behalf of three independent, paid tax return preparers, challenging the IRS' authority to license and regulate paid tax preparers. The IRS instituted new requirements for paid tax preparers last year. The new regulations will be phased in over a three-year period.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is giving procrastinators a second chance. It says it will continue to accept renewals for Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) after the official deadline for 2012 has passed. There's no definitive length of the extension, so it's up to you to act as soon as possible.