Survey Says Taxpayers Support Anti-Fraud Efforts

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Consumers are willing to do more to battle tax fraud, including waiting longer for tax refunds, and support training and continuing education requirements for tax preparers, according to a survey by H&R Block Inc. The Kansas City-based tax preparer announced the results at a conference in Washington.

H&R Block CEO Bill Cobb told the audience that only four states set standards for tax preparers, though nearly all 50 states license and set competency tests for those who cut hair. The Internal Revenue Service lost a court battle over its proposal to require competency tests and continuing education for tax preparers. John Koskinen, the agency’s commissioner, said in Kansas City recently that a voluntary program also could help consumers identify “fraudsters” and incompetent preparers.

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