USPTO Deems Offshoring U.S. Tax Return Prep Jobs Worthy of U.S. Patent Protection

from the patently-silly dept

theodp writes "The CEO of Xpitax has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,756,761 for Tax return outsourcing and systems for protecting data, which covers 'systems, methods, and various tools that facilitate the outsourcing of [U.S.] tax return preparation services to a servicing group outside of the country.' There is a need, explains the patent, 'to outsource tax return preparation services to India, to thereby reduce the per-return labor cost experienced by the accounting firm.' The patent proposes 'using PC anywhere or Citrix' to help scratch that itch.
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  1. identicon
    Call me Al, 23 Jul 2010 @ 4:56am

    Re:

    "Just... Wow. Indians know our taxes better than we, the Americans?"

    Chances are that they do as they will have been specifically trained in US tax return preparation. I'm fairly comfortable that I also know more then most Americans since, although I am British, I specialise in US tax return preparation as a job.

    I know from our company's experience that you need specific permission from clients under IRS regulations to outsource their return preparation to a third party in another country. I'll be interested to see if this patent includes obtaining that permission.

    Either way this patent is bogus as there is plenty of prior "art" considering many companies have been doing this for a number of years.

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