Monday, July 11, 2011

AICPA Offers IRS Assistance on Tax Preparer Exam

NOTE: Thanks to Kay Bell for including the "Sun Rises in the East" post from June 29 in July's Carnival of Taxes at Don't Mess with Taxes.

AICPA Tax Executive Committee Chairman Patricia Thompson sent a recent letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman offering assistance by the AICPA in writing the exam for Registered Tax Preparers. Thompson emphasized AICPA experience in writing the CPA exam and planned to primarily test competence on individual tax issues. Thompson pointed out the need for an ethical component to the exam as well.

I cannot imagine the IRS fully subcontracting the Tax Preparer exam to the AICPA, but might agree to use the AICPA as one source of material.


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