The Internal Revenue Service has filed a sharply worded reply with a federal appeals court to a group of tax preparers who won rulings from a lower court striking down the IRS’s authority to regulate the tax preparation profession.

In its reply brief Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the IRS countered the arguments in the tax preparers’ response to the IRS’s motion for a stay, while asking the appeals court to suspend the lower court judge’s ruling invalidating the agency’s mandatory testing and continuing education requirements for tax professionals.

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