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IRS will not seek to defend tax preparer rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate regulations it sought to impose on hundreds of thousands of paid tax preparers.

The rules, which would have required many tax preparers to take continuing education courses and pass a competency exam, were tossed out by a federal judge, as well as an appellate court in Washington. The judges said the IRS was overstepping its authority by trying to impose the rules without congressional authorization.

Several independent tax preparers challenged the new regulations in a 2012 lawsuit, represented by the Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice, which opposes what it sees as onerous occupational-licensing schemes in a variety of professions.

The IRS let pass a deadline to seek Supreme Court review of the appellate court's ruling.

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