Tax preparers in Oregon may set a standard for future regulation of tax preparers nationwide, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO looked at Oregon's and California's regulations and qualification standards for paid tax preparers. The study pointed out that most other states do not have such standards. The GAO analyzed tax year 2001 data from the Internal Revenue Service and found that Oregon returns were more likely to be accurate while California returns were less likely to be accurate, compared to the rest of the country after controlling for other factors likely to affect accuracy.

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