“Let me add also that from the beginning we planned to exempt CPAs, attorneys, and enrolled agents from the testing and continuing education requirements as they already have more stringent testing and education requirements,” said Shulman. “As we’ve set up the registration, testing and continuing education components of our return preparer initiative, it is also important that we focus on finding unscrupulous preparers who damage the good name of honest return preparers and undermine the overall tax system; therefore, we have a comprehensive strategy to focus on preparer enforcement and compliance. Our compliance efforts will be focused on places of highest risk – where the vast majority of preparers who play by the rules should want us to focus. We will also continue to conduct undercover shopping visits to return preparers suspected of engaging in fraud, and we will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice to pursue civil or criminal action against unscrupulous return preparers.”
IRS Commissioner Shulman Addresses Tax Delays
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