RALs/Tax Preparation

Public Views on Paid Tax Preparation

Strong Public Support for New Consumer Protections to Prevent Errors and Fraud

To improve the oversight and competency of paid tax preparers, California, Maryland, New York, and Oregon have enacted state level consumer protections. In addition to the four states that have enacted state paid tax preparer reforms, the licensing of paid tax preparers, regular testing of tax preparer professionals and up-front fee disclosure have been proposed and considered at the state and federal level. To better understand the public’s support for these policies, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) contracted with ORC International to conduct a poll of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States.