What a shame to see no posts for days at a time, after years of needing my "daily fix" hearing from so many regulars, I enjoyed both those I agreed with, as well as the well written ones I disagreed with.
I think this new format has everyone confused. I got reamed out not long ago for replying to the wrong thread, or the complainer thought it was wrong, but I was just replying to a message. I think responses are grouped under a thread instead of an individual message. I like to read individual messages (click the link at the top), but that makes it easy to find yourself in the wrong place. I find it hard to read discussions for this reason. No use giving feedback to Yahoo. They never listened last time they changed the format and everyone complained.
I think the lawsuit is pathetic, initiated by those who don't want to put any time or money into their profession or devote 65 measly dollars of their profits to a PTIN. The program should help them by increasing the professionalism of tax prep and scaring away at least some of those who don't know what they're doing or worse, cheat. It should work that way once the IRS starts alerting the public to the need to hire only registered preparers. Apparently they're not going to do that until testing takes effect (Dec 1213) because right now just about anyone can get a PTIN and they don't want the public to think that just because a preparer is registered they have demonstrated knowledge.
The only reason the IRS went ahead with registration is that congress didn't act. Policymakers agreed that preparers should be regulated and passed legislation to that effect several times over 5 or 6 years. Sometimes only one house of congress passed it and the other never got to it; once it passed both chambers but whoever was president didn't sign it. The IRS got tired of waiting and decided to itself go ahead with doing something about unscrupulous tax preparers. I can't see how any tax preparer who takes his or her profession seriously would object to rules meant to weed out those who don't do a good job and make the profession look bad.
I recently read a complaint from a guy who's been doing taxes for over 30 years. He objected to mandatory coursework, stating he's never taken a class in 30 years and believes he knows what he's doing when he prepares a return. 'Nuff said.