The Internal Revenue Service reacted Tuesday to the surprise ruling Friday by a federal judge striking down the IRS’s authority to regulate tax preparers, shutting down its Preparer Tax Identification Number registration system and its testing system for tax preparers.

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ruled against the IRS and in favor of three tax preparers who filed suit with the help of a libertarian law firm, enjoining the agency against enforcing its Registered Tax Return Preparer requirements (see Court Rules IRS Doesn’t Have the Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers).

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