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Bill To Regulate Tax Return Preparers Appears Dead

Montgomery, AL – A bill to create a state board to regulate tax return preparers appears to be dead in the Alabama Legislature.

The House sponsor of the bill, Democratic Rep. Tammy Irons of Florence, agreed to pull it from consideration on the House floor Thursday after about an hour and a half of debate. She said the bill appeared to have considerable opposition and she didn't believe it could pass in the final two days of the 2009 regular session.

Irons said the legislation was needed to protect people from ``fly by night'' tax preparers who often miss major deductions.

Opponents said the bill would add unneeded regulation and bureaucracy to the industry.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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