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Tax Preparer Education Requirements

IRS Provider Number: RPBX8

To encourage PTIN holders to complete voluntary CE, the IRS created the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP); when completed, PTIN holders will earn an AFSP - Record of Completion (AFSP - RoC).

Required IRS Tax Continuing Education Hours

Required Tax Continuing Education Hours for Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Participants

18 hours of approved continuing education is required annually, and must include the following credits:
  • Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course: 6 CE hours - Per IRS regulations course is available June 1 - December 31.
  • Ethics: 2 CE hours
  • Federal Tax Topics: 10 CE hours

Required Tax Continuing Education Hours for Exempt Preparers

15 hours of approved continuing education is required annually, and must be made up of the following credits:
  • Federal Tax Law Updates: 3 CE hours (excess Law Updates credits will be applied to cover the Tax Topics subject area)
  • Ethics: 2 CE hours (excess Ethics credits will not be applied to cover any other subject areas)
  • Federal Tax Topics: 10 CE hours

IRS Tax Renewal

Repetition and Carryover

IRS Tax Continuing Education Course Requirements

IRS Tax Continuing Education Exam Requirements

Reporting and IRS Tax Continuing Education Certificates of Completion

Exemptions from IRS Tax Continuing Education Requirements

IRS Tax Contact Info

IRS Office of Professional Responsibility

  • PTIN Hotline Phone: 877-613-7846
  • For International Callers: +1-915-342-5655


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Last updated on 3/10/2020