AICPA Opposes IRS Fees, Fingerprinting of Tax Preparers

AICPA Opposes IRS Fees, Fingerprinting of Tax Preparers

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WebCPA reports that the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is asking the Internal Revenue Service to reconsider some of the fees it plans to charge for competency exams and fingerprinting as part of its tax preparer oversight program.

The new fees would apply to individuals who are required to take the IRS competency examination in order to become Registered Tax Return Preparers and for fingerprinting those who participate in the Preparer Tax Identification Number, acceptance agent and authorized e-file provider programs.

In a letter Friday to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, AICPA Tax Executive Committee chair Patricia Thompson said the Institute was concerned about the fingerprinting of supervised non-signing, non-licensed staff at CPA firms and other firms of licensed professionals who are exempt from the testing and continuing education aspects of the IRS return preparer regulatory regime.

“We have serious concerns regarding the level of burden that the user fee regulations will place on CPA firms, primarily small and medium-size firms,” Thompson said at an IRS hearing Friday on the new proposals.

We agree and wrote it about it last week in IRS to Fingerprint Tax Preparers.

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