Governor Signs New bill affecting CRTP Tax Preparers

Posted by Lee Reams Sr. on

On September 20, 2018, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 3143 which modifies the laws affecting CTEC preparers.

The following are the highlights of the bill:

>> Report Surety Bond Claims - After July 1, 2019, a CTEC preparer must report a paid claim against his or her surety bond to the CTEC council, and the council would be required to post a notice of the claim on its Internet Web site.

>> CTEC’s Website Address - The bill requires a tax preparer to include the address of the CTEC Internet Web site in the information the tax preparer is required to provide to a customer before rendering services.

>> Fingerprinting & Background Checks - Beginning July 1, 2020, CTEC registered preparers must submit fingerprint images to CTEC for submission to the Department of Justice to determine the individual’s fitness to practice. The cost will be borne by the CTEC registered preparer.

Read the entire Assembly Bill No. 3143

CTEC will establish processes to comply with this new legislation, watch for further details from CTEC (

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  • What is DOJ going to have that would find a preparer unfit to practice? Med records?
    Education records? Sounds like profiling to me. What’s next DNA swabs?
    Isn’t it more practical to take away the tools used by these criminals?
    Shut down the Turbo Tax portholes to the government money by requiring the program to expire after a single use.

    M A Low on

  • Why are politicians most dangerous when they are getting ready to exit their position!

    I really don’t have a problem with most of this new bill, but “Can the government make it any more difficult for us to provide top quality service to our clients!” They nickel and dime for every last penny that we have just to pay for our annual education. They force us to pay for our license, (the bond I totally understand), but now to have to pay to be fingerprinted to prove our “fitness to practice!”

    It’s really sad how a few bad preparers can ruin it for all of us to be able to do our job. I’m insulted at this new bill, but… I’ve been insulted and embarrassed by most of what Gov. Brown has done to this state!!!!

    M. Desjardins on

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