Unregistered Tax Preparers in No Hurry to Take IRS Competency Test

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IRS in the last week sends more then 300,000 letters to return preparers who have yet to take a required competency test so they can stay in business past 2013. The tax preparers will not be allowed to practice unless they become “registered tax return preparers” with IRS and pass a basic competency test by Dec. 31, 2013. “Our records indicate you are among the 340,000 preparers who must pass this test,” Carol Campbell, IRS Return Preparer Office director, says in the letter. “You should act soon to ensure your first choice for date, time and location.”