The Internal Revenue Service is telling taxpayers to check the qualifications of tax preparers and their history in the aftermath of a stinging defeat in the court.

Last month, the Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the IRS has overstepped its statutory authority in requiring tax preparers to take mandatory competency exams and continuing education programs (see Court Rules IRS Doesn’t Have the Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers). He re-affirmed his earlier ruling last Friday, while making some clarifications allowing the IRS to re-open its Preparer Tax Identification Number registration system and allow preparers to take competency tests and continuing education on a voluntary basis (see Court Modifies Ruling Invalidating Tax Preparer Regulations).

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