But wait - what about the recommendation from Henry and Richard?
If we assume (and, unfortunately, it is a good assumption) that the Earned Income Credit will be around for a while, the Form 8867 (currently titled "Paid Preparer's Earned Income Credit Checklist") should be renamed "Claimant's Earned Income Credit Checklist" and completed, and separately signed, by the taxpayer(s) claiming the credit and NOT the tax preparer. And the tax preparer should NOT have to view public and private records and independently verify and confirm that the claimant is entitled to the credit.
If that is what Mr Cobb has recommended to the IRS then it is a good idea.
Please - what do you think about all this?