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Dan Alban: Federal Court Slaps Down IRS . . . and Big Tax Preparers

March 3, 2014

In another example of big business aligning itself with big government, the nation's largest tax preparer firms and tax software companies worked with the Internal Revenue Service to impose a burdensome licensing scheme on hundreds of thousands of professional tax preparers, many of whom are small mom-and-pop operators. But the District of Columbia Appeals Court has upheld a lower-court ruling against the move and the crony capitalism that was behind it. Attorney Dan Alban of the Institute for Justice was the lead attorney for the victorious plaintiffs, and he joins us to explain the case and why it's a victory not just for tax preparers but for taxpayers as well.