A federal judge has denied the Internal Revenue Service’s request to suspend his January 18 ruling that struck down the IRS’s tax-preparer scheme as unlawful, but made some important clarifications to his original ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ruled Friday that no tax return preparer may be required to pay testing or continuing education fees or to complete any testing or continuing education while the injunction is in place, backing up his earlier ruling (see Court Rules Tax IRS Doesn’t Have Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers). The IRS had asked the judge to suspend his injunction on the tax preparer regulatory regime, arguing that it would disrupt tax season (see IRS to Appeal Ruling Barring Licensing of Tax Preparers).
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