The IRS has issued the following news release. Regardless of what the court has decided, they are determined to continue doing what they've been told they can't do.
On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District
of Columbia 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 required 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.
On Friday, Feb. 1, the court modified its order to clarify that the order
does not affect the requirement for all paid tax return preparers to obtain a
preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Consistent with this modification,
the IRS has reopened the online
The IRS continues to have confidence in the scope of its authority to
administer this program and is working with the Department of Justice to
address all options, including a planned appeal.