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IRS Says 100,000 Tax Preparers Skirted Registration Rule

The Internal Revenue Service said it is contacting about 100,000 tax preparers who worked on returns this year and didn’t comply with new identification requirements.

The agency said today it is sending letters to preparers who handled tax returns in 2011 and didn’t attach a valid “preparer tax identification number.” The letters will tell preparers what steps they should take to obtain the proper identification numbers.