The IRS believes in a mandatory competency standard for federal tax return preparers. To this end, legislation continues to be the IRS’ priority. But until legislation is enacted, they still have a responsibility to taxpayers and to our tax system to keep moving forward with their efforts to improve service to taxpayers.

In the interim, this new program recognizes the efforts of unenrolled return preparers to improve their professional competency through continuing education. Anyone with a PTIN can prepare a federal tax return, but for those preparers with a PTIN who also work to ready themselves for the filing season through educational efforts, the IRS will issue them a recognizable record of completion that they can show to their clients.