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Taxpayer Advocate Wants Exam Added to IRS Voluntary Tax Preparer Program

In her annual midyear report to Congress on Wednesday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said she wants the IRS to develop a competency exam for preparers by 2016 as part of the agency's Annual Filing Season Program.
Tax

AICPA Files Lawsuit to Stop IRS Voluntary Preparer Education

The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the IRS’s new Annual Filing Season Program is “unlawful” and an attempt to bypass two courts’ rulings that prevent the agency from mandating continuing education and competency testing of unlicensed tax return preparers.
Tax

Ex-CA Tax Preparer Gets 18 Months in Jail for Defrauding the IRS

According to court documents, Rene R. Lopez of Van Nuys, California, prepared and filed at least 85 fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, claiming $130,797 in false income tax refunds, from 1998 through 2001.
Tax

Key Details of IRS’s Voluntary Preparer Education Program

The IRS on Monday issued final rules for its new Annual Filing Season Program, an initiative announced last week that will enable paid tax return preparers to voluntarily fulfill continuing education requirements and obtain a record of completion.
Tax

IRS Moves Ahead with Voluntary Preparer Certification Plan

The IRS announced a new program on Thursday that will allow paid tax return preparers to receive certification if they voluntarily complete certain continuing education requirements.
Tax

Some Suspended or Disbarred Tax Pros Reinstated by the IRS

Recent court rulings that now prevent the IRS from regulating paid preparers have resulted in some suspended or disbarred tax practitioners being able to obtain or renew PTINs and prepare federal tax returns again for compensation.
Tax

AICPA Opposes IRS Voluntary Program to Regulate Preparers

In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday, AICPA officials wrote that the agency's proposed voluntary certification program would cause confusion among the tax administration and tax preparation community.
Tax

GAO: 89 Percent of Paid Preparers Made Mistakes on Returns

During undercover site visits to 19 randomly selected commercial tax-preparation businesses, only two preparers calculated the correct refund amount on a taxpayer’s return, according to a new study released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
Tax

Koskinen Calls on Congress to Give IRS Oversight of Tax Return Preparers

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, the head of the IRS urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would authorize the agency to regulate the nation’s estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers.
Tax

Senate Schedules Hearing on ‘Unethical’ Tax Preparers

Two sets of panelists will discuss what to do with tax return preparers who lack proper certification during a Senate Finance Committee hearing that begins at 10 a.m. ET on April 8.
Practice Management

Ignorance is Bliss? Not When It Comes to Tax Prep

We should be afraid of the lack of awareness and familiarity and sheer laziness among unqualified tax preparers.
Tax

IRS Increases Pressure to Fix Faulty EITC Claims

The IRS intends to crack down on inaccurate claims for earned income tax credits (EITCs) claimed on 2013 returns. And this time it means business.
Tax

Court Denies IRS Appeal to Lift Injunction on Tax Preparer Licensing

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.
Tax

EcoTaxFile.com Combines Tax Return Preparation with Energy Audit

Helping save the planet while filing your taxes sounds like a bit of a stretch, but EcoTaxFile.com says it has a good way to start. The company combines tax preparation services with an energy audit to identify a taxpayer's carbon footprint and then suggests ways to cut costs and greenhouse gases.
Tax

Colleges Gear Up for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Season

College students, eager to get a taste of the accounting profession, are once again turning out to assist low-income taxpayers file their tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Tax

IRS Warns of Delays with Schedule 8812 and Form 8867

The IRS is warning tax preparers of possible delays in processing tax returns or issuing refunds for two different forms, Schedule 8812 and Form 8867, because they either have been prepared incorrectly or are incomplete.
Tax

Court Rules IRS Can't License Tax Return Preparers

A federal court struck down the IRS's licensing effort that would have required thousands of independent tax preparers to pass a competency exam and abide by a litany of new rules.
Tax

Don't Be Shocked by E-Filing Glitches

The IRS is concerned that e-filing by tax return preparers could be short-circuited by hackers. As a result, it has updated the FAQs on its website outlining the steps to take if your EFIN is compromised.
Community News

Jackson Hewitt Names Franchise of the Year

The Jackson Hewitt Franchise of the Year Award is given to the franchise that exhibits the highest level of performance in terms of growth, territory and employee development, customer service, and community involvement.
Tax

IRS Gives More Time to Taxpayers and Preparers Affected by Sandy

The IRS announced it is granting taxpayers and tax preparers affected by Hurricane Sandy until November 7, 2012, to file returns and accompanying payments normally due October 31.

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