Friday, February 01, 2013 5:20 pm
Judge rules against IRS again in tax preparer suit
The Associated Press
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled last month that the IRS exceeded its authority by imposing a series of new regulations on tax preparers. The rules would require tax preparers who are not attorneys or certified public accountants to pass a competency exam and take annual continuing-education courses.
The IRS says the rules are needed to address a growing problem of poorly filed returns. Three independent tax preparers sued to block the regulations, saying they were onerous and put them at a competitive disadvantage.
On Friday, Boasberg rejected an IRS request to delay his ruling pending a likely appeal.