It's a holiday week, so I'm re-publishing popular blog posts from the past. New material resumes next Tuesday the 10th. This post from almost exactly 2 years ago features me going on an editorial rant about the IRS's "Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications." Looking at this again with 2 years [...]
RTRP stands for Registered Tax Return Preparer, a program/designation the IRS tried to get off the ground a few years ago. The RTRP program would have required unlicensed tax preparers to pass an open-book exam before they could prepare tax returns. The IRS ended up losing a court battle, and the RTRP program was shelved.