The Tax Professionals Blog — AFTR

The IRS voluntary return preparer certification program is a win- win for consumers and tax professionals alike.

Posted by Lee Reams II on

Much has been written about and debated regarding the new IRS Voluntary Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) and how it affects the tax preparation industry. When the IRS launched the RTRP program some years ago, the primary goal was to ensure that all tax preparers had a minimum amount of annual continuing tax education.

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California Registered Tax Preparers Get Special Treatment under the New IRS Voluntary Annual Filing Season Program.

Posted by Lee Reams Sr. on

To prepare tax returns in California, non-exempt(1) tax preparers must meet the education and registration requirements of the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). Initially, this requires an applicant to pass a 60-hour qualifying education course and subsequently meet the annual 20-hour education requirements to become a California Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP). CRTPs are required to reregister with CTEC annually. CTEC only reregisters those who have completed their annual CE requirements.

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