Approved IRS Continuing Tax Education Provider

IRS Continuing Tax Education Sponsor No. CCWXA for Return Preparers, Enrolled Agents and Enrolled Retirement Listed with IRS as Anthony Heras.
 

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IRS continuing tax education (CE) providers must be registered with the IRS to provide Continuing tax education (CE) for tax return preparers, enrolled agents, and enrolled retirement plan agents. Every provider has an IRS continuing tax education provider Number. Our provider number is CCWXA.


Everyone who is registered as a tax preparer and thus is required to complete the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency exam is required to complete IRS continuing tax education. You are required to complete 15 hours of approved IRS continuing tax education, which includes 3 hours of federal tax law updates, 2 hours of ethics, and 10 hours of federal tax law.


Did you know that there is no IRS continuing tax education requirement for 2011? The IRS continuing tax education requirements start in 2012. Starting in 2012 all PTIN holders are required to complete approved IRS continuing tax education starting in 2012. In addition, these preparers have until December 31, 2012 to pass the IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer competency exam in addition to completion of the required 15 hours IRS continuing tax education requirements. These 15 hours of approved IRS continuing tax education must be completed every year by the tax professional.


To find an IRS continuing tax education provider go to the public listing of IRS continuing tax education - approved CE providers. The IRS only allows you to use approved IRS continuing tax education providers. The rules have changed from previous IRS continuing tax education requirements that permitted you to use any qualified educational institution as stated in Cir. 230. Now these IRS continuing tax education providers must be specifically listed with the IRS.

Don't let the new IRS continuing tax education requirements for tax preparers scare you. The competency exam from the IRS will be just a check of your competency to do your job. The new IRS continuing tax education requirements for tax preparers should only include basic items that you should know already. Under the new IRS continuing tax education requirements for tax preparers, preparers are to participate in ongoing IRS continuing tax education that they should have been doing on their own already. The same applies to the new IRS continuing tax education requirements for tax preparers to comply with ethical standards that should already have been in place.

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