Congress hopes to partially remedy the tax gap by making tax preparers more responsible for the positions their clients take on returns.Because paid preparers prepare over 62 percent of all individual income tax returns, they are a critical quality control for tax administration by helping to prevent noncompliance, according to an April report released by the Government Accountability Office.

Congress recognized the opportunity and included in its May Iraq war-funding bill a provision that the American Association of CPAs termed "a fundamental change in the role of tax return preparers" that will "likely cause an increase in preparer fees for taxpayers."

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