Whither preparer licensing?

June 19th, 2009 by Joe Kristan

Everybody’s talking about licensing tax preparers. My rant the other day against licensing drew two long and thoughtful responses in the comments, and other tax blogs are pitching in.
TaxGrrrl seems to be in my corner:

Therein is the problem: will certification actually improve tax compliance and reduce fraud?
Even if it would, how could the IRS possibly regulate the industry? In 2007, there were nearly 138 million individual federal income tax returns filed. Sixty-one percent of those individual federal income tax returns


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