Following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision invalidating the IRS’ recent return preparer regulations, the IRS has announced a new filing season program for 2015. Unenrolled return preparers will receive a record of completion when they complete various CE courses. Those in compliance will be posted on an IRS database along with attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents and actuaries, and enrolled retirement plan agents. Those not in compliance can still legally prepare returns, but will not be listed in the database directory. Interested preparers should see the list of IRS-approved CE providers.
See “New IRS Filing Season Program Unveiled for Tax Return Preparers,” Internal Revenue Service, IR-2014-75 (June 26, 2014)
Posted by David Staggs, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal