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Registered Tax Return Preparer Test Refunds

On January 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from enforcing the regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. In accordance with this order, tax return preparers covered by this program are not required to complete competency testing.

On March 29, 2013, the Government filed an appeal of the District Court opinion. At this time, the IRS is not refunding test fees to tax return preparers who tested prior to January 18, 2013. All fees for candidates who were scheduled to take the RTRP test on or after January 18, 2013 have been refunded. No additional refund or reimbursement requests related to the return preparer program are being honored at this time.

The IRS remains confident in our legal authority in this matter and is committed to protecting taxpayers through implementing reasonable standards in the tax preparation area. Upon completion of the litigation, the IRS will make all necessary determinations related to tax return preparers that tested prior to January 18, 2013.


1. Will I be notified if I am eligible for a refund? If so, how?

Yes. Candidates whose RTRP test appointments were scheduled on or after January 18, 2013, were sent an email outlining the refund process.

2. How much refund should I expect?

Candidates received $116 for each scheduled test appointment on or after January 18, 2013.

3. How will my fee be refunded?

Test fees were refunded to the credit or debit card account used to pay for the test. If you paid for your test via e-check, you received a credit to your bank account. If we were unable to refund to your card or account, you received a refund check in the mail at the address you provided when scheduling your test.

4. When will I receive my refund?

Refunds were issued within 60 days from the date of the email notification.

5. Can I still take the RTRP test?

The RTRP test is not available. Please continue to check this website for additional information as it becomes available.

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IRS Statement on Court Ruling Related to Return Preparers

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 22-Jul-2013