| As if tax forms are not complicated
enough for most Americans to complete on their own yet at the same time it
costs way too much for many Americans to afford a professional to do the
paperwork for them, today, the
has announced plans to regulate tax preparers.
From a consumer standpoint, tax preparation is already regulated. The CPA, or
Certified Public Accountant is certified to complete tax forms while tax
preparers for agencies which prepare quick tax forms for people all have CPA's
in charge. While it is not required to have a CPA prepare your taxes for you,
it is smart because of the complication of the forms. Additionally, a tax
preparer must sign the bottom of
tax forms when
they prepare forms for others.
In other words, it is
already regulated but the IRS wants to impose more regulations to make peoples
lives more complicated and more expensive when the public has been demanding
less complication, less paperwork and less expense.
As the article points out, most Americans are using tax preparation software.
Even still, mistakes can be made. When mistakes happen, the IRS tends to treat
people as if they were guilty and have to prove their innocence, the opposite
of what should happen. With software, there is less of a chance of errors so
instead of creating more regulation, the IRS should be working to improve
online filing so there is becomes easier for Americans to pay taxes.
The article states "However, paid tax preparers are
unregulated in many states, unless they are also lawyers, certified public
accountants or enrolled agents who represent taxpayers before the IRS." Boycott
Watch believes that if tax forms were less complicated we would not need
certified preparers and we would have less people needing to represent
themselves before the IRS.