The Internal Revenue Service released the specifications on Tuesday for the  competency test that individuals must pass to become a Registered Tax Return Preparer.

The test is part of an ongoing effort by the IRS to enhance its oversight of the tax preparation industry. That effort began with the requirements for all tax preparers to register with the IRS and receive a Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN, for this tax season. The other components of the IRS requirements include testing and continuing education.

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