A law firm representing a trio of independent tax preparers has filed a strongly worded response to the Internal Revenue Service’s motion for a stay on a judge’s ruling that invalidated the IRS’s testing and continuing education requirements for tax preparers.

In January, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the IRS lacked the statutory authority to impose its Registered Tax Return Preparer regime after the tax preparers filed suit challenging the requirements (see Court Rules IRS Doesn’t Have the Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers). The three independent tax preparers—Sabina Loving of Chicago, John Gambino of Hoboken, N.J., and Elmer Kilian of Eagle, Wis.—were represented by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm in Arlington, Va.

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