Referencing Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-3 (January 14, 2013) 5(1)(a) specifically, there's some pretty confusing language here that I can't figure out what it means.

If we obtain your signature on this form by conditioning our tax return preparation services on your consent, your consent will not be valid.

I encountered this while doing my free H&R tax return, and didn't want to agree to it without understanding what it's asking. From the context I assume it means that they're asking for consent to disclose information about my tax return, but that's really not clear.

  • Is the language from the IRS bulletin or H&R? Is there a larger context; consent of what? Are you able to provide a link to the full document that contains this paragraph?
    – Dave D
    Apr 25, 2016 at 0:52
  • @DaveD Sorry, I thought Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-3 was a unique identifier. Document is now linked in the question
    – 00500005
    Apr 25, 2016 at 0:55

3 Answers 3



If the only reason you provide consent is because otherwise we won't prepare your taxes then you really haven't provided consent at all.


In context, this is an official notification that a tax preparer [we] must give to the tax preparee [you], if the tax preparer wishes to disclose the preparee's information to any other party.

Note that we in this context is the tax preparer, and you is the person reading the consent agreement.

If we obtain ...[your consent]...

by ...[refusing to provide service if you do not provide your consent]...

[then] your consent will not be valid.

because your consent must not occur under duress.


I think it means that if you add any conditions to their form it will not be valid.

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