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Educational Requirements To Become A Tax Preparer
There are no formal educational requirements to become a tax preparer. Community colleges and universities often offer certificate courses that can qualify individuals for entry-level jobs as tax preparers. Professional organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) and the National Association of Tax Professionals also offer tax preparer training programs. Voluntary certification from the ACAT isn't required.

Certificate coursework typically covers topics such as filing status, exemptions, deductions, and tax credits. Generally, basic courses provide training for individual tax return preparers. Advanced courses cover subjects like partnership taxes, corporate taxes, fiduciary taxes, and estate and gift taxes.

IRS Annual Filing Season Program
The IRS offers a voluntary program for tax preparers to ensure that they meet a minimum competency level and complete Continuing Education each year. The Annual Filing Season Program aims to recognize the efforts of non-credentialed tax preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. Tax preparers who choose to participate meet the requirements by obtaining 18 hours of Continuing Education from an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider (like us), including:

  • a six (6) hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course that covers filing season issues and tax law updates, as well as a knowledge-based comprehension test administered at the end of the course by the CE Provider;
  • ten (10) hours of other federal tax law topics;
  • and two (2) hours of ethics.
In order to participate in the Annual Filing Season Program the tax preparer must also renew his or her Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) for the upcoming year and consent to adhere to the obligations in Treasury Department Circular 230, Subpart B and section 10.51.

Upon completion of these requirements, the tax preparer receives an Annual Filing Season Program - Record of Completion. Annual Filing Season Program tax preparers are included in a public database of tax preparers on the IRS website. The Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications includes the name, city, state, zip code, and credentials of all attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents and enrolled actuaries with a valid PTIN, as well as all tax preparers holding an Annual Filing Season Program - Record of Completion.

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Enrolled Agents
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing the IRS's three-part comprehensive Special Enrollment Examination covering individual and business tax returns and representation before the IRS, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Enrolled agents must also pass a tax compliance check to ensure that they have filed all necessary tax returns and that they have no outstanding tax liabilities.

Tax preparers who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of Continuing Education courses every 3 years.

Enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before. Learn more about enrolled agents in Treasury Department Circular 230.

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