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Just when you thought you were safe . . .

A couple of years back, we started telling you about the IRS’ efforts to protect taxpayers from potential harm caused by unknowledgeable or unscrupulous people preparing income tax returns for fees (Does Your Preparer Know Taxes?). 

In most states, just about anyone can claim to be a “tax professional.”  The problem has proven to be so big (a limited 2008 study found as many as 61% of returns completed by unlicensed preparers were inaccurate) that the IRS announced it would require all paid preparers to pass a competency test and register.

While a few states do maintain their own tax-preparation regulations, the IRS action would have brought uniform standards to a national scale.

Two different courts ruled the IRS does not hold the authority to impose this requirement. The agency apparently gave up the fight by allowing too much time to lapse to take its case to the Supreme Court. 

This victory for unregulated tax preparers is not necessarily a victory for you.

Remember the old adage: if it seems too good to be true—it probably is. If someone offers a great deal on tax preparation services or promises refunds you can’t find anywhere else, check carefully. Question the preparer’s longevity in that business. Check references with friends and business acquaintances. 

Most of all, if a CPA, enrolled agent, or tax attorney prepares your return, that person will also be able to represent you before the IRS if you’re audited or other questions arise. Peace of mind is valuable!

If you need a tax professional, Patrick & Robinson CPAs is here to help. Contact us at or 904-396-5400. 




June 6, 2014

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