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IRS to Email 434,000 Non-Credentialed Tax Return Preparers

By | September 27th, 2016|IRS, News|

The IRS is sending an email to approximately 434,000 non-credentialed tax return preparers this week.  The message promotes the Enrolled Agent (EA) and Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) credentials. The text of the IRS email: Dear Tax Return Preparer, Set yourself APART!  Participate in the Annual Filing Season Program.  The voluntary program is for non-credentialed return [...]

Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course (AFTR)

By | August 16th, 2016|IRS|

Are you considering a career in tax preparation, or have you been preparing tax returns for many years and want to set yourself apart from the competition?  If so, the IRS' new Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) credential is the perfect way to show potential clients that you take certification and education seriously.  The first [...]

Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)

By | May 20th, 2016|IRS|

The IRS’ Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is a voluntary program designed to recognize the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. In general, nonexempt return preparers with a valid PTIN must complete 18 hours of continuing education, including a six-hour federal Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course with a test. [...]

Representation – Limited and Unlimited Rights

By | January 21st, 2016|News|

What does representation before the IRS mean?  While representation rights have been around for a while, we've only recently started fielding calls from tax preparers asking this question.  This is a result of the IRS' new Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP). Representation, or Practice Before the IRS, is defined in IRS Publication 947 and covers [...]

Completing the AFSP Process – Post CE

By | January 21st, 2016|News|

  Once you complete all Continuing Education requirements and renewal of your PTIN you will need to login to your PTIN account and complete the process.  The final step is for you to consent to adhere to specific practice obligations outlined in Subpart B and section 10.51 of Treasury Department Circular 230.  Note: It may [...]