WASHINGTON; June 15, 2010 – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has awarded Accenture (NYSE: ACN) a five-year contract to design, implement and operate the Return Preparer Registration (RPR) system. Under the contract, which includes a one-year base period and four one-year options, Accenture will work with the IRS to develop and maintain a new application for on-line registration and renewal, user fee collection and issuance of a unique identification number for all paid tax return preparers.
The system is designed to support the IRS’s new efforts to register return preparers and mandate competency testing and annual continuing education requirements.
“We are pleased to be supporting this program,” said Lisa M. Mascolo, managing director of Accenture’s U.S. Federal client service group.
The Accenture team will deliver a secure, online registration and renewal system, customer service operations that include a call center, payment processing and fee accounting, and marketing assistance.
With paid professionals preparing almost 60 percent of all tax returns filed in the United States, their impact on tax administration is significant. The new program will provide the IRS with more details about this community and a method to better identify and regulate tax preparers.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 181,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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