A federal appeals court has refused to lift an injunction by a lower court against the Internal Revenue Service’s tax preparer regulation regime.

In a brief ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday, “Upon consideration of the motion for stay pending appeal, the opposition thereto, and the reply, it is ordered that the motion for stay be denied. Appellants have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending appeal.” The ruling effectively means that the IRS’s requirements for mandatory testing and continuing education of all tax preparers remains suspended.

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