A provision in a bill that recently made its way through the House would correct the imbalance between tax payers and preparers that was created by legislation last year.Changes to the Tax Code by the Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007 tightened the disclosure requirements for tax preparers under Code Sec. 6694 by requiring preparers to disclose any tax positions taken by a taxpayers that didn’t meet the code’s “more likely than not” standard.

Since this raised the standard for tax preparers to a level above the standard for taxpayers, it created the potential for conflicts of interest between preparers and their clients.

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