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|
CLICK HERE to see the Chart of Annual Filing Season Program CE Requirements.
The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) program renewal period ends on 31st December 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:
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 can be classified as exempt from the AFTR Course:
Candidates can receive CE credit by completing:
CLICK HERE to view our CE programs registered with IRS.
Preparers must retain the following records for four years:
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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:
See Section 4.06 for more details on eligibility criteria.
|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|
|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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