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State Board Report

June 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has started to return the fees it collected for its registered tax return preparer test. In accord with the U.S. District Court’s January 18, 2013 ruling that enjoined the IRS from enforcing its regulatory requirement for registered tax return preparers (see SBR 2/13), fees collected from preparers who tested on or after January 18, 2013 are being refunded as well as fees from those who had scheduled to test. E-mail notification has been sent to those who will be receiving refunds and no additional action is required from them to receive their refunds. The IRS anticipates all refunds will be processed by July 19, 2013.

The IRS filed its appeal of the District Court’s decision on March 29, 2013. All paid tax return preparers must still obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), which can be done on line. The IRS has stated: “We remain confident in our legal authority and committed to protecting taxpayers through implementing reasonable standards in the tax preparation area.”

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