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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.