Preparer Lawsuits Over PTINs Latest Challenge to IRS Voluntary Program

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Sept. 9 —  Legal challenges to the IRS's voluntary tax preparer program are mounting, with the latest lawsuit claiming that the agency shouldn't be charging fees for tax preparers to obtain an identification number.

A class action filed Sept. 8 on behalf of 700,000 tax preparers asks the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the Internal Revenue Service from charging user fees to obtain or renew a preparer tax identification number (Steele v. United States, D.D.C., No. 1:14-cv-01523, complaint filed, 9/8/14).

PTINs are the primary means by which the IRS identifies registered tax preparers, and preparers must have one to prepare returns.