IRS Advised to Keep Usual Approaches in Approving Preparer Continuing Ed

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The National Association of Tax Professionals recommends that IRS retain uniform conventional approaches to approving continuing education programs for tax preparers under IRS's new tax preparer oversight regime. The main criteria for accrediting organizations has already been set forth by IRS: they must have minimum education standards comparable to those set forth in Circular 230, NATP says. But NATP adds two more criteria: that an accrediting organization should not itself be allowed to be a continuing education program provider and that an accrediting organization should be a national organization that has the systems, processes, and procedures in place to fulfill the requirements in Circular 230.