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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded certain tax return preparers that they must complete 15 hours of continuing education (CE) annually beginning in 2012 and the programs must be taken from IRS-approved providers. Preparers can now find a list of IRS-approved providers on the agency’s web site.

The new CE requirement is part of an IRS return preparer oversight effort and applies to the same individuals who are required to pass a new Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test.

Certified public accountants, attorneys and enrolled agents are exempt from this 15-hour CE requirement and test requirement because they already meet separate requirements. Non-signing preparers supervised by CPAs, attorneys or enrolled agents in law, accounting and recognized firms (see Notice 2011-6) also are exempt from the continuing education and test requirements, as are tax return preparers who do not prepare any Form 1040 series returns.

The 15 hours of continuing education must include 10 hours of federal tax law, three hours of federal tax law updates and two hours of ethics each calendar year. Return preparers must provide their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers to the CE providers so their continuing education can be properly reported to the IRS.

Completion of the CE requirement for these preparers is a condition for the annual renewal of the PTIN, which is required to prepare federal tax returns. The requirement is prorated for preparers who obtain a PTIN during the year.

All individuals with an IRS continuing education requirement, including enrolled agents and enrolled retirement plan agents, can access a listing of IRS Approved Providers at www.IRS.gov/taxpros/ce. The list is updated regularly.

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Posted By Bob Orchard

The Holiday Season is upon us and while it is affectionately called the ‘busy season’ and the ‘silly season’ and a host of other nicknames, there is one thing that you don’t want to be doing at the last minute - Trying to get your PTIN number and comply with the new continuing education requirements.


“We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. It’s easy to let this slip as the holiday season approaches” said Carol A. Campbell, director of the IRS Return Preparer Office. “And, if you have a testing requirement and haven’t yet scheduled an appointment, please do so at the same time. “


The holidays will be a hectic and challenging time for everyone. Busy work schedules, holiday travel and extra days out of the office. You don’t need to put any extra pressure on your holiday schedule, get your PTIN now and comply with the continuing education requirements, leave the last minute shopping for last minute shopping.


MyTaxCoursesOnline has an easy, convenient online video format for the 15 Hour Continuing Education Requirements due on 12/31/2012 and all inclusive test prep options for the competency exam due in 2013. Simply click on the ‘Courses’ tab at the top of the page to see your online options.


For more information check out this article from accountingweb at the link below.

http://www.accountingweb.com/article/its-open-enrollment-season-ptins/220103

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Posted By Jeff Nippes

The Art of Procrastination

Dec 20, 2012 4:17:45 PM

pro•cras•ti•nate (Verb)

To put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.

Ah yes, procrastination. Everybody does it. Technology makes it easier than ever to perfect the art of procrastination. The internet and mobile devices make it possible to have the 24/7 ability to complete tasks at any hour at any time of day. I have no idea what I would do if I couldn’t pay bills online and had to put a check in the mail 5-7 days before the bill was actually due.

Likewise, procrastination and continuing education seem to go together. On a recent IRS Conference Call for providers the IRS stated that less than half of all Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTIN) have been renewed. No doubt many have put off the renewal because of the new continuing education requirements that require all Registered Tax Return Prepares to complete 15 hours of IRS approved continuing education.

The good news is you are definitely not alone if you still have to complete your continuing education but the end of the year is coming fast.  MyTaxCoursesOnline can you help you beat the deadline by watching clear convenient video anywhere there is an internet connection, including on mobile devices.

For more information on the continuing education requirements please visit www.irs.gov/taxpros

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Posted By Jeff Nippes

If you are one of the tax preparers who missed the December 31st deadline to complete the 15 hours of continuing education for 2012 you still have the opportunity to complete the hours in 2013.

The IRS recently announced that tax professionals can make up missing credits from 2012 in 2013. That is good news for any tax preparer who missed the deadline.

In 2011, the IRS announced that all registered tax return preparers and candidates to complete 15 Hours of IRS Approved CE credits in every year starting in 2012.  (An candidate is an individual who has a provisional PTIN and who is required to pass the competency test by December 31, 2013). And a PTIN number is required for any individual who prepares tax returns for compensation.

My Tax Courses Online provides a 15 hour IRS Approved online video solution for tax preparers who need to complete their 15 hours that includes 2 hours of ethics, 3 hours of tax law updates and 10 hours of general tax preparation.

To learn more about the IRS Continuing Education Requirements for tax preparers please visit:

www.irs.gov/taxpros

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Posted By Jeff Nippes

Courses are now voluntary

Apr 24, 2013 3:22:49 PM

The IRS requirements for continuing education have been suspended. At this time continuing education and exam preparation courses for s is voluntary.

More information can be found here: http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Statement-on-Court-Ruling-Related-to-Return-Preparers

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Posted By David Moss

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