Reuters reported that the AICPA has sued the Internal Revenue Service, challenging its new voluntary program for educating and testing tax return preparers. "The IRS's new rule regulating tax return preparers is an unlawful exercise of government power," Barry Melancon, president of the [AICPA], said in a statement. The AICPA brought its federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking to block the IRS from moving ahead with its program. "The IRS should withdraw the new rule, consult with stakeholders, and use the tools and data already at its disposal to monitor unethical tax return preparers," Melancon said. Reporter Kevin Drawbaugh reported that the IRS said last month that it would launch the program, a step back from an earlier mandatory program of testing and regulation that had been halted by the courts.