IRS loses appeal on new rules that would have required competency exams for tax preparers

  • Article by: MATTHEW BARAKAT , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 3:11 PM

McLEAN, Va. — The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

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circleoflifeFeb. 11, 1412:06 PM

What about ill-trained and incompetent IRS agents? What new rules can we impose to eliminate them?

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anopinionFeb. 11, 1412:09 PM

Good.

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decembersueFeb. 11, 14 3:23 PM

Wonderful - we can all keep going to incompetent tax preparers. Because FREEDOM!

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9moonsFeb. 11, 14 3:38 PM

Yeah, let's just let anybody call themselves a tax preparer without any training or qualifications. You would have to know that 3 Republican judges made this decision.

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rickvyskocilFeb. 11, 14 3:42 PM

".... one 2006 study....17 of 19 preparers incorrectly calculated the amount of tax due." This is not a measure of the competency of the preparer but a measure of the complexity of the Tax Code.

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purelogicFeb. 11, 14 3:44 PM

The tax code is written in a manner that it is unreasonable for a citizen to understand. And further, most need paid help to prepare their forms in order to give the government a percentage of your property. In order to take money from the government via welfare or unemployment, you simply fill out a quick online questionnaire. Isn't this backwards.

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supervon2Feb. 11, 14 3:46 PM

How about an exam for the people who invent the taxes? Pelosi would be a good place to start since we had to pass a bill to find out what's in it.

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dahdahFeb. 11, 14 3:50 PM

100% political. This is why it so important that Obama is permitted to have his qualified nominees voted upon by the Senate & confirmed & take their seats.

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bobblumenfelFeb. 11, 14 3:55 PM

"I have a right to earn an honest living without getting permission from the IRS."" ---- So do doctors and lawyers, yet we have schools, boards of certification and bars for them. Looks like another instance of the Libertarian absolutely and completely free market concept.

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9moonsFeb. 11, 14 4:11 PM

-----The tax code is written in a manner that it is unreasonable for a citizen to understand.---

Because that's the way Big Money wanted it. It wasn't the average Joe that got all the vague and complicated language in the tax laws. Most average people have very little problem with a complicated tax code because filing taxes for most people is simple and straightforward. It only benefits the corporations and fat cats.

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