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Unfortunate Ruling as Appeals Court Upholds Decision to Overturn IRS Paid Preparer Regs

U.S. CapitolIn a disappointing but not wholly unexpected decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit upheld the District Court’s ruling in Loving v. IRS that bars the IRS from fully implementing its paid preparer regulations. While this does not do away with requirements to obtain a PTIN for commercial tax preparers, it does continue to prevent testing and continuing education requirements from taking effect for the thousands of tax preparers who would have been regulated as Registered Tax Return Preparers. This also means it’s time to take the fight for a well-regulated tax preparation field down other avenues. Read the rest of this entry


NCTC Responds to TIGTA VITA Report

NCTC released the following news release this morning in response to the TIGTA VITA Report released this week. For more information, contact Amy Berkowitz, (312) 273.1910,

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VITA programs continue to improve volunteer training

CHICAGO, IL – The accuracy rate for volunteer-prepared tax returns during the 2013 tax-filing season increased two percentage points from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The findings of TIGTA’s annual report reflect the commitment of volunteers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide quality tax-preparation services for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, according to the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC). Read the rest of this entry

VITA updates create new opportunities for August advocacy

broken_budgeting_onpageVITA is in season in Washington, D.C. with recent news emerging from the U.S. House, Senate, and the IRS. Appropriations bills for the next fiscal year have now been put forward by committees in both houses with new challenges and opportunities for the VITA grant program. And the VITA Act has now been reintroduced in the Senate as well as the House. Add to this the latest news on VITA quality from the IRS, and there’s an impressive backdrop of news to inform your August recess in-district Congressional meetings. Read the rest of this entry

Guest Post: Have You Taken the Pledge for Quality?

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CEP President David Marzahl takes the Quality Pledge

Recognizing the need for quality tax assistance, the National Community Tax Coalition’s Quality Assurance Working Group has provided suggestions on quality practices to both the IRS and the field for several years.

Quality is essential in the preparation of any return; however, for lower income individuals dependent on receiving a timely refund, proper preparation is critical. Any delay in receipt of a refund can have a significant effect on the taxpayer’s financial condition. Read the rest of this entry

TIGTA Report on VITA and Other Volunteer Tax Programs

Dan Fair

Dan Fair serves as NCTC's Manager of Communications & Member Relations

As you may have heard, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released their annual audit of the VITA program today. There is the potential for negative publicity due to the report’s criticisms and we want you to be prepared.

Hopefully you saw a story celebrating our field’s quality last month in Tax Analysts. This story highlights another quality increase for VITA this year, according to a recent IRS quality report. This contrasts heavily with the TIGTA audit, the purpose of which is to review the IRS’ volunteer tax preparation programs and make recommendations to improve its quality. Read the rest of this entry

Ensuring High-Quality, Affordable Assistance for America’s Taxpayers: Highlights of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program’s 2011 Efforts


The National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) is the nation’s leading coalition of non-profit, voluntary entities providing free tax preparation assistance and financial services to low-income individuals and families.

NCTC is dedicated to strengthening economies, building communities and improving lives through tax assistance and asset building activities that produce financial security, protect families and promote economic justice. Read the rest of this entry