Regarding the article on the IRS losing the tax preparer lawsuit in the Jan. 19 Herald. The IRS intended to impose competency exams on tax preparers, require them to pay an annual fee and attend an annual 15-hour training session.
One shouldn't blame the tax preparers for mistakes that even the IRS gets wrong. The IRS wanted to exempt lawyers and CPAs from this new regulation. It doesn't take a genius to know that if it takes a CPA or lawyer to figure out an individual's federal income tax return, there is something definitely wrong with the income tax code.
I have personal experience and knowledge of others who have been audited by the IRS, only to be later told the IRS made a mistake. If the IRS can't get it right, who can?
A better way to resolve this would be to implement the Fair Tax. Nobody will need to prepare a tax return. Businesses would report and remit the sales taxes collected. Unfortunately, politicians will not implement the Fair Tax because by doing so, their sources of funding from lobbyists would dry up. If you want a revolutionary tax code, research the Fair Tax at fairtax.org and contact your elected representatives.
DAN SUTER, West Richland