Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Institute for Justice Fights IRS Support for Large Accountants

I just received this e-mail from Mark Meranta of the Institute for Justice.

In a nutshell, this is why we're suing the IRS:

Last year, the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get IRS permission before they can work.  This is an unlawful power grab that exceeds the authority granted to the IRS by Congress.  The burden of compliance will fall most heavily on independent tax return preparers and small businesses.  Unsurprisingly, big firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt support the licensing scheme.  As The Wall Street Journal explained: “Cheering the new regulations are big tax preparers like H&R Block, who are only too happy to see the feds swoop in to put their mom-and-pop seasonal competitors out of business.”

This lawsuit challenges the IRS’s statutory authority to impose this licensing scheme, and seeks to overturn regulations that would affect an estimated 350,000 tax return preparers, forcing many of them to stop working in the occupation of their choice.

Backround Info:  http://www.ij.org/IRS

Case Video (I think it's one of the best we've ever put out):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-1IEqYy4lc

If you have the time or space, would you mind embedding the video on your blog for us?  

Thank you!


Mark Meranta
Social Media Manager
Institute for Justice

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