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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ANNUAL FILING SEASON PROGRAM (AFSP) PARTICIPANTS

MY-CPE LLC is approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to offer Continuing Education (CE) courses for the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP). MY-CPE LLC has effectively met the standards set up by the Internal Revenue Service. 

What is the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)?

The IRS started the Annual Filing Season Program in July 2014. The purpose of the program is to encourage all non-credentialed (not EA/CPA/Attorney) tax preparers to take continuing education (CE) courses so that they are better prepared to work in the tax preparation industry. The AFSP is voluntary, but there are certain benefits to participating, as well as restrictions if you do not participate. The IRS is trying to get legislation passed to allow competency testing and required CE for all tax preparers, and the AFSP is seen as an interim measure to encourage tax education for all tax preparers.

ANNUAL FILING SEASON PROGRAM (AFSP) CE REQUIREMENT OVERVIEW

CE Requirements
18 hours of CE annually for PTIN holders who are required to complete the AFTR course and 15 hours of CE annually for PTIN holders who are exempt from the AFTR course.
Program Renewal Period
31st December annually.
CE Reporting Cycle
January 1 to December 31 annually.
Ethics Requirement
2 hours of Federal Tax Ethics annually.
Carry Over Credits
IRS does not allow the Annual Filing Season Program to carry excess CPE credits over from one enrolment cycle to the next
Subject Area Restriction

  • PTIN holders who are required to complete the AFTR course:
    • 6-hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course
    • 10 hours of Federal Tax Law
    • 2 hours of Federal Ethics
  • PTIN holders who are exempt from the AFTR course:
    • 3 hours of Federal Tax Updates
    • 10 hours of Federal Tax Law
    • 2 hours of Federal Ethics

CLICK HERE to see the Chart of Annual Filing Season Program CE Requirements.

All AFSP participants are required to complete at least 18/15 hours of CE every year. Many of our programs in Live and Self-Study are approved for continuing education for the Annual Filing Season Program. Here are myCPE Packages for the Annual Filing Season Program that meets all of your annual continuing education requirements in one go.

Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) participants are required to complete 2 hours of Federal Tax Ethics course each reporting period. 
CLICK HERE to view the ethics webinar for AFSP.

The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) program renewal period ends on 31st December annually.


A CE reporting cycle for Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is from January 1st to December 31st annually. 

Here is a link to the IRS website to access FAQs on CE Requirements and Regulations for the Annual Filing Season Program.

Continuing education courses must be Federal tax courses and ethics courses. You must take a 2-hour ethics course each year.  As per the standards defined in Circular 230, allowable course subjects are:

  • Federal taxation
  • Federal tax-related matters, such as accounting, tax preparation software, taxation
  • Federal Ethics
  • 6-hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course

However, the primary focus of the course must be Federal tax.

myCPE Packages for Annual Filing Season Program meets all the CE requirements of AFSP as per IRS including the ethics requirement.

Yes, there are minimum CE requirements in the following subject areas:

  • PTIN holders who are required to complete the AFTR course:
    • 6-hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course
    • 10 hours of Federal Tax Law
    • 2 hours of Federal Ethics
  • PTIN holders who are exempt from the AFTR course:
    • 3 hours of Federal Tax Updates
    • 10 hours of Federal Tax Law
    • 2 hours of Federal Ethics

PTIN holders who can be classified as exempt from the AFTR Course:

  • Anyone who passed the Registered Tax Return Preparer test administered by the IRS between November 2011 and January 2013. 
  • Established state-based return preparer program participants currently with testing requirements: Return preparers who are active registrants of the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners, California Tax Education Council, and/or Maryland State Board of Individual Tax Preparers.
  • SEE Part I Test-Passers: Tax practitioners who have passed the Special Enrollment Exam Part I within the past two years.   
  • VITA/TCE volunteers: Quality reviewers, instructors, and return preparers with active PTINs.
  • Other accredited tax-focused credential-holders: The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation’s Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA) and Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) programs.

Candidates can receive CE credit by completing:

  • Continuing education programs approved by IRS
  • Identity theft and data security programs that meet CE program requirements focusing on enhancing tax professional awareness of protecting client data, including review of Publications 4557 and/or 4524 safeguards, can qualify for continuing education credit in the federal tax law category.

CLICK HERE to view our CE programs registered with IRS.

Preparers must retain the following records for four years:

  • The name of the CE Provider organization;
  • The location of the program;
  • The title of the program, approval number received for the program, and copy of the program content;
  • Written outlines, course syllabi, textbooks, and/or electronic materials provided or required for the program;
  • The date(s) attended;
  • The credit hours claimed;
  • The name(s) of the instructor(s), discussion leader(s), or speaker(s), if appropriate; and
  • The certificate of completion and/or signed statement of the hours of attendance obtained from the continuing education provider

CLICK HERE for further information.

Nothing, IRS does not charge any fee for participating in the program. But you need to renew the PTIN by paying the $35.95 renewal fee.

An Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) can complete 100% of the total required CPE credits hours via self-study courses. i.e., an Annual Filing Season Program (EA) can complete all 18/15 hours via self-study courses from NASBA approved CPE sponsors as myCPE is approved by NASBA (Sponsor id 143597) our Packages for Annual Filing Season Program is 100% compliant with that requirement.

No, the Short video (Nano learning) method is not approved for the CE requirements of the Annual Filing Season Program.


No, Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) participants cannot carry over excess credit earned in a particular renewal cycle.

The Internal Revenue Service will provide notice to any individual who fails to meet the continuing education and fee requirements of eligibility for renewal. The notice will state the basis for the determination of noncompliance and will provide the individual an opportunity to furnish the requested information in writing relating to the matter within 60 days of the date of the notice.

For further information visit page 16 of this Circular No 230.

Yes. Revenue Procedure 2014-42 states that certain people are ineligible to participate in the Annual Filing Season Program, including individuals who are:

  1. Disbarred, suspended, or disqualified from practice before the IRS under Circular 230,
  2. Convicted of a felony involving a financial matter, tax matter, or other violation of the public trust within 5 years preceding the date of application,
  3. Enjoined from representing persons before the IRS, preparing tax returns, or engaging in other conduct subject to an injunction under section 7407,
  4. Engaged in misconduct that would have violated Circular 230 if the individual were subject to Circular 230, including knowingly providing false or misleading information, participating in providing false or misleading information, to the IRS, or   
  5. Not in compliance with personal federal tax obligations.

See Section 4.06 for more details on eligibility criteria.

myCPE APPROVALS

Approved By
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) 143597
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) GEHNZ
California Tax Education Council (CTEC) 6273
Certified Financial Planner Board (CFP) 8061
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) RP5359
Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) 714694
FP Canada CE17222
American Payroll Association (APA) 372961
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) 010556
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) 158002756
New York State Board of Public Accountancy (NYSPA) 002976
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Approved
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) Approved
Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) Approved
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Approved
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Approved

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