One accountant's opinion on how tax preparers should be regulated.
We all get gold stars in the IRS's new "Annual Filing Season Program." Woo hoo. Time to wade into the IRS preparer regulation fray again. The IRS is plowing forward with a voluntary program for tax preparers that falls well short of "regulation." And for some reason, the AICPA has filed a lawsuit against the [...]
Here's something that's been bothering me: I oppose government regulation of tax preparers. There's a strong argument against more government intervention. And there's a high likelihood that the regulation would be a failure. And there's also a strong argument that Enrolled Agents would be hurt because we'd fall further to the fringes of the tax world. [...]