NOTE: All regulations re:RTRPs have been suspended – these rules no longer apply.

The IRS established new regulations for tax professionals recently. After nearly 100 years without any form of tax preparer licensing or overview, it’s time for tax preparers to exhibit that they have a fundamental understanding of tax law, tax preparation and ethical standards.

Presently, ALL paid tax preparers must register to get a Professional Tax Identification Number (PTIN) in order to be permitted to get paid to file tax returns and to file them electronically.

After 12/31/13, every single paid tax preparer in the USA must have either passed the new Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) exam or be an Enrolled Agent, CPA or Attorney.

All federally authorized tax professionals must complete a designated number of hours of tax education in federal taxation and ethics.

With over 300,000 PTIN holders still needing to pass on exam or another…time is running out.

TaxMama has teamed up with Sharon Sanders of the Los Angeles Stakeholder Liaison office of the Internal Revenue service to help spread the word and explain what is expected of tax professionals. We will be holding free, live sessions once a month through December 2013. ($10 fee for CE credit for EAs, CPAs, RTRPs and provisional PTIN holders)

This is a recording of the first session (note: it takes a while to load fully) – CLICK TO REPLAY:     PTIN and eFile outreach      MaintainRTRP_AddlTips

 The Requirements Needed to Maintain Your Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) Status 

Registered Tax Return Preparers (RTRP) are facing an array of rules and regulations. While some people say they are not getting information about their obligations; others say there is too much information. It can be hard to get straight answers. Our goal is to provide you with a clear understanding of your new responsibilities as an RTRP – and what you need to do to keep your registration active.

California Society of Enrolled AgentsNational Association of Enrolled Agents Approved IRS Continuing Education Provider National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

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