Bill offered to regulate Alabama tax preparers

Someone can open a commercial tax preparation business in Alabama without any training or licensing.
      Now a bipartisan group of legislators wants to change that. The group announced Thursday that it is preparing legislation to require testing and licensing for commercial tax preparers. The
bill will be introduced in the legislative session starting Tuesday.
      Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross is working on the bill with Senate Minority Leader Jabo Waggoner. Ross says some commercial tax preparers exploit low-income taxpayers with poor disclosures, exorbitant fees and fraudulent miscalculations.
      Those handling the bill in the House include Democratic Reps. Tammy Irons and Laura Hall and Republican Rep. Cam Ward.

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