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IRS Proposes New Registration, Testing and Continuing Education Requirements for Tax Return Preparers Not Already Subject to Oversight
WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service kicked off the 2010 tax filing season today by issuing the results of a landmark six-month study that proposes new registration, testing and continuing education of tax return preparers. With more than 80 percent of American households using a tax preparer or tax software to help them prepare and file their taxes, higher standards for the tax preparer community will significantly enhance protections and service for taxpayers, increase confidence in the
 
Best of 2009: Regulation
(CFO) – The year 2009 was a traumatic one for financial regulators, no less than for the publicly traded companies and the accounting firms they oversee. Tarnished by revelations of excessive risk-taking (see the banking meltdown) and massive fraud (see Bernard Madoff), regulatory agencies faced the prospect of sweeping reform.
 
Roth IRA: Switch now, pay tax later
(MSN Money) – People with incomes above $100,000 are now eligible to convert to this tax-beneficial IRA. And the new rules have something sweet for lower earners, too.
 
Google Poised to Take Wraps Off New Mobile Phone
(AP) – Google Inc. is expected to unveil Tuesday its vision for how a mobile phone should be made and sold, likely raising the stakes in the Internet search leader’s bid to gain more control over how people surf the Web while they’re on the go.
 
Rulings Address Preparer Liabilities, Penalties for Return Disclosure
(BNA) – The Internal Revenue Service Dec. 30 issued a pair of revenue rulings to provide guidance on determining whether a tax return preparer is liable for criminal and civil penalties for use or disclosure of return information.

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