CTEC Approved Tax Education Provider

Tax Course Central is a proud CTEC Approved Tax Education Provider, and we offer both the 60 Hour Qualifying Education course and the 20 Hour CTEC renewal course for CTEC registered tax preparers. 

California law requires anyone who prepares (or assists with) tax returns for a fee, and is not an attorney, certified public accountant (CPA) or enrolled agent (EA), to register as a tax preparer with CTEC. California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has the authority to identify and penalize unregistered tax preparer in California, and can issue fines up to $5000. For more information on who is required to register with CTEC, click here.

We’ve put together a detailed guide that goes over all of the steps you must complete to become a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP), click the green button below to view the guide.

60 HOUR CTEC QUALIFYING ED COURSE

ONLINE COURSE – $149.95

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Tax Preparer in California, you’ll be required by the state to complete a 60 hour qualifying education course. This course will fulfill those requirements.

20 HOUR CTEC RENEWAL COURSE

ONLINE COURSE – $33.95

For those who are already CTEC registered tax preparers and need to complete the required 20 hours of continuing education so they can renew their CTEC registration, this course will fulfill those requirements.

CTEC & IRS APPROVED

Tax Course Central is a CTEC Approved Education Provider. Upon completion of your CTEC course, we will submit your information to the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) , and depending on which CTEC course you’ve completed , you’ll then be able to either register or renew with CTEC.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

If you have more than two people purchasing any of our courses together, give us a call at 800-349-8905 or send us an email at support@taxcoursecentral.com to receive a group discount offer.

WE'LL BEAT ANY PRICE

If you find our course somewhere else for a lower price, contact us at 800-349-8905 , or send us an email at support@taxcoursecentral.com and we’ll provide you with a coupon code to use that will beat that price.

UNLIMITED TEST ATTEMPTS

We give students unlimited time to complete their CTEC courses as well as unlimited attempts to pass their CTEC course exams, so if you don’t pass on the first attempt, that’s okay, you can take it again. And we do not charge extra fees to retake your exams.

FAST REPORTING TO CTEC

We will report your course completion to CTEC within 24 hours of completing your course. If you need your hours reported sooner, just give us a call and we will submit your hours right then and there for you. We do not charge extra fees to report your hours to CTEC.

24 / 7 SUPPORT

Getting a hold of us is easy! You can call us, email us, or live chat with us 7 days a week. Phone Support is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time, and closed during the weekend. Live Chat is available 7 days a week. Support hours are extended during the last two weeks of October for CTEC Renewals.

REQUIREMENTS OF ALL CTEC REGISTERED TAX PREPARERS

Step 1 – Complete a CTEC 60 Hour Tax Course

Step 2 – Purchase a $5,000 Tax Preparer Bond (Cost $25 a year)

Step 3 – Apply and obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) with the IRS

Step 4 – Register with CTEC online at www.CTEC.org and pay $33 Registration Fee

Click here for more detailed information on how to become a CTEC Certified Tax Preparer

 

CTEC RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Step 1 – Complete 20 hours of CTEC approved continuing tax education each year

Step 2 – Maintain a valid PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) from the IRS

Step 3 – Maintain a Tax Preparer Bond of $5000

Step 4 – Renew CTEC registration and pay $33 CTEC Renewal Fee by October 31st of each year

FAILURE TO REGISTER WITH CTEC

California law requires anyone who prepares tax returns for a fee within the State of California and is not an exempt preparer to register as a tax preparer with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC).

“ Failure to register as a tax preparer with the California Tax Education Council, as required by Section 22253 of the Business and Professions Code, unless it is shown that the failure was due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect.

(1) The amount of the penalty under this subdivision for the first failure to register is two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). This penalty shall be waived if proof of registration is provided to the Franchise Tax Board within 90 days from the date notice of the penalty is mailed to the tax preparer.

(2) The amount of the penalty under this subdivision for a failure to register, other than the first failure to register, is five thousand dollars ($5,000).”

For more information on the requirements and regulations of the California Tax Education Council, visit www.ctec.org/Preparer/WhatCRTP

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take CTEC courses ?

If you wish to prepare taxes for a fee in the state of California, then you are required by state law to register with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). In order to register with CTEC, one must complete 60 hours of CTEC Approved Qualifying Education, and 20 hours of CTEC Approved Continuing Education by October 31st of every year. If you want to just prepare your own taxes, you do not need to take CTEC courses.

Do I need to take 20 hours of Continuing Education by 10/31 even if I just finished the 60 hour course in the same year?

Yes, if you registered with CTEC after completing your 60 hour tax course, then you will be required to renew your CTEC registration and have 20 hours of continuing education completed before October 31st. All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to pay the $33 Renewal Fee with CTEC and have 20 hours of continuing education completed by October 31st every year.

If you fail to complete the 20 hours of C.E. or renew by October 31st, you’ll be required to pay a $55 late fee, and you will have until January 15th to complete your 20 hours of C.E. If you have not completed your 20 hours of C.E. by January 15th, you will be required to retake the CTEC 60 hour course and restart the registration process with CTEC.

Are your courses approved by CTEC & the IRS ?

Yes, both 60 and 20 hour courses are approved by CTEC (California Tax Education Council) and the IRS. You can find our company listed here – https://www.ctec.org/Payer/ApprovedProvider/

I forgot to renew with CTEC , do I need to take the 60 hour course again ?

Yes, if you forgot to take the 20 hour continuing education course and/or forgot to renew with CTEC by the January 15th final deadline, CTEC will require you to re start the entire registration process, which includes retaking the 60 hour qualifying education course. 

Do I need to take a state exam after completing this course ?

Nope, the only test you’ll need to take is already included in this course. You won’t have to leave your home to take the test, you can take it at the computer when ever you’re ready. And we give you unlimited time and attempts, so if you don’t pass, you can keep on retaking it.

Are your CTEC courses up to date ?

Absolutely. All of our courses are updated annually with any new tax laws and regulations that come out.

What makes your course better than others ?

What sets us apart from everyone else is the practicality we’ve integrated into our courses. We’ve made the course extremely user friendly for those who are not that familiar with computers. All you have to do to start the course is simply enter your username and password, and you’re in! There’s no complicated PDF forms or test answers you need to print and mail in, everything is done on our website.

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