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From the Archives: The IRS’s Preparer Directory Will Be Bad News for Enrolled Agents

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: From the Archives|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Glossary: RTRP

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Glossary|Tags: , |

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.

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Glossary: Annual Filing Season Program

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Glossary|Tags: , |

The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is a voluntary IRS program to recognize certain tax preparers who are not EAs, CPAs or attorneys.

The Jason Dinesen Plan for Preparer Regulation

By | August 11th, 2015|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , , , |

One accountant's opinion on how tax preparers should be regulated.

It’s Pointless for EAs to Attack CPAs

By | April 7th, 2015|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , , |

CPAs and EAs are sometimes at each other's throats about which designation is better. Such debates accomplish little.

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