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Tax Preparer Continuing Education Requirements

IRS Continuing Education Requirement
Additional California CE Requirement
PTIN Renewal


IRS Continuing Education Requirement

PLEASE NOTE: As of 1/18/2013 continuing education is not mandatory for Registered Tax Return Preparers (RTRP) and any registration or participation in a CE program is voluntary.

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Additional CE Requirement for California Tax Preparers

The California Tax Education Council (CTEC) regulates paid tax return preparers in California. Preparers in California are required to complete mandatory continuing education in order to renew their CTEC membership and prepare CA tax returns.

The CTEC mandates that California tax return preparers complete 5 hours of California state-specific continuing education in addition to a 15-hour federal tax and ethics requirement.

The continuing education requirement for California preparers must be fulfilled prior to registration renewal, which needs to be completed by October 31 of each year.

CTEC requires both the 5-hour California tax course as well as the 15-hour federal tax and ethics course be completed by October 31.

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PTIN Renewal - Contact the IRS for all PTIN Renewal Questions

PLEASE NOTE: As of 1/18/2013 continuing education is not currently mandatory and any registration or participation in a CE program is voluntary.

For more information you may visit: http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/index.html

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