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HR Block

What Intuit fails to note as well is that HR Block also employs Enrolled Agents and CPAs; and you can talk to them in person! Read more...

TaxWorks

We have always been pleased with this program. However, we have been trying to reach a representative for two days now and all we get is a recording telling us due to high call volume, we can't help you right now, try back later! We are trying to get our organizers out and TaxWorks is telling us to download a file which doesn't seem to exist. We can't even ask them about it because there doesn't seem to be anyway to get through to them. There sales # has the same recording. This is incredibly scary. We need things up and running now! What is going on with them?? If there is anyone who can help us out would you please email us. Many thanks. Read more...

Tax return preparer registration

Why would preparers feel the need to be regulated by the IRS. The regulations were clearly an abuse of power by the IRS. The preparer regs usurped long standing judicial review standards and gave the IRS the ultimate power to decide who is allowed to prepare returns based on their own standards. If they decided not to grant a PTIN, the preparer was out of business. For the few bad tax preparers that are out there, laws already exist to penalize them. Shouldn't the IRS enforce existing law rather than create their own. Read more...

RTRP

I strongly believe the IRS was on the right track in having paid preparers register and prove their continuing education. This helps both the taxpayer and preparer. Quite frankly, it would eliminate a lot of people professing to be tax preparers because they have some type of tax software. I think the taxpayer deserves better Read more...

Tax Preparer Registration + CPE units

this was a lobbying act for large preparers like H&R Block to put the small business tax preparation out of business by lobbying for this regulation. This is not legistration that will create jobs but instead eliminate them. ZJNP Read more...

Is Intuit's professional help violating the law?

Last time I checked, a person who receives compensation for assisting a taxpayer in preparing a return must SIGN THE RETURN. And in Texas, a CPA who provides tax services of any kind must provide that service via a licensed CPA firm. How do the CPAs who help TurboTax users meet these legal requirements? Read more...

PTIN and the IRS

It has long been an issue with paid tax preparers. There are those who see only the 'under the counter' money that they can generate using Turbo Tax thinking that they have the knowledge to assist those that put their trust into the 'stay at home' individual who abuses the system by printing 'self prepared' as they take someone's money. There should be something in place to protect the public from individuals who are not EAs, CPAs, etc. I myself, am not an EA, nor am I a CPA. The system as developed by the IRS is a reasonable condition to protect those who do not know the tax laws and don't think they need to. As a Certified Public Bookkeeper, I understand the need to be knowledgeable regarding the tax conditions of many of my clients. The PTIN program is not perfect, but it is a reasonable venue and will provide a higher standards for the general public. If EA's and CPA's are required to use continueing education to safe guard the public, I say, so should I. Integrety is not lost, but it is clouded by those who do not, nor care to know more than they do. Read more...

Preparer registration suit

In the cause of accuracy (we are detail people, after all), the Institute for Justice (IJ) represented the three preparers in the lawsuit against the IRS. The IJ is more accurately decribed as libertarian rather than conservative. Read more...

Bottom feeders

Any CPA who does this isn't worth the salt they sweat. My minimum fee is higher than their most expensive rate, and I'm sure that Intuit would be taking a cut of that. Read more...

They both suck

Love to see them fight it out. Intuit is right, but they're no better. Read more...

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