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Why Doesn’t the IRS Push the EA Designation?

By | February 5th, 2014|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , , , |

On the tax blog-o-sphere, those of us who work in the field go round-and-round periodically, debating whether or not the regulation of tax preparers is a good idea. We know that the IRS thinks it's a good idea. But one obvious question hasn't been asked: if the IRS thinks that licensing of tax preparers is so [...]

A Voluntary RTRP Designation?

By | January 8th, 2014|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , , , , |

UPDATE 1/10/14: Robert Flach has responded to this post with his own post, which you can find here. In response to his question to me at the end of his post: (D)oes this post change your opinion in any way? And what about my idea for a 2-tiered program? I am opposed to the 2-tiered program. Any government-sponsored [...]

Tax Season 2013: Mostly Unpleasant, And I’m Glad It’s Over

By | April 17th, 2013|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: |

I'm glad tax season is over. This was my fifth tax season on my own, and it's the first time where I can honestly say, I didn't have fun during the season. It wasn't all bad, of course. There was good along the way. But taken as a whole, tax season 2013 was mostly unpleasant. The [...]

RTRPs, CPAs, Attorneys and Grandfathering

By | September 17th, 2012|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: , |

Some people say CPAs and attorneys should be required to pass a basic competency exam before they can prepare tax returns. I disagree.

Clive Tax Preparers Permanently Disbarred

By | July 27th, 2011|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , |

A husband-wife tax preparation team from Clive, and their three businesses, have been permanently barred from preparing tax returns again.  From the Department of Justice press release: A federal court has permanently barred Howard Musin, his wife Jill Schwartz-Musin and their three companies from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.   [...]