The 2019 Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Renewal Season Is Here!

by Mallory O'Sullivan | Jul 04, 2018

Everything You Need To Know About the IRS’ Voluntary CE Program

Are you looking to stand out from the crowd? Tax preparers can set themselves apart in their industry by completing the requirements for the Annual Filing Season Program and earning an AFSP – Record of Completion by December 31, 2018.

What is the Annual Filing Season Program?

The IRS established the Annual Filing Season Program as a way to recognize unenrolled tax return preparers who voluntarily complete continuing education. Unenrolled PTIN holders are not allowed to represent clients before the IRS during an examination, but the AFSP – Record of Completion provides limited representation rights.

How do you earn the AFSP Record of Completion?

Participants must complete 18 hours of continuing education from an IRS-approved provider. The following course subjects are required:

  • 6-hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course
  • 10 hours of federal tax law
  • 2 hours of ethics

In addition to completing CE courses, participants must also renew their preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and consent to adhere to the obligations of Circular 230, Subpart B and section 10.51. The IRS has provided an instructional video on completing the final steps to earn the AFSP – Record of Completion.

Is anyone exempt?

There are several return preparer categories that are exempt from the AFTR course requirement. The IRS has a detailed chart of Annual Filing Season Program Continuing Education Requirements. Professionals in an exempt group must still meet the other program requirements to receive the AFSP – Record of Completion.

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Where can I complete my required AFSP continuing education?

WebCE® is an IRS-approved CE provider, offering all of the continuing education courses you need to earn your AFSP – Record of Completion, including the 6-hour AFTR course. Our courses are written by industry experts and designed to keep tax preparers at the top of their industry. With convenient, online courses, you can complete your AFSP CE requirements on your own schedule.

To order, view the WebCE catalog, or call 877-488-9308 to speak to a member of our support services team. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any questions about the AFSP continuing education requirements. 

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