"As of Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has enjoined the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. In accordance with this order, tax return preparers covered by this program are not currently required to register with the IRS, to complete competency testing or secure continuing education. The ruling does not affect the regulatory practice requirements for CPAs, attorneys, enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents or enrolled actuaries.
"The Internal Revenue Service, working with the Department of Justice, continues to have confidence in the scope of its authority to administer this program. It is considering how best to address the court's order and will take further action shortly."Carol Campbell, director of the IRS Return Preparer Office, confirmed that the IRS was no longer scheduling RTRP competency exams. On Wednesday the Justice Department filed a motion on behalf of the IRS requesting that the court suspend the injunction and allow the Service to continue its RTRP program, pending resolution of an appeal to be filed within 30 days.