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2023/2024 CRTP Renewal Registration is Now Closed


If a CRTP does not renew his/her registration by the late renewal date of January 16, 2024, he/she will have to submit a new application, retake the 60-hour qualifying education course from a CTEC-approved provider, complete/pass a criminal background check, have a valid PTIN, a valid $5,000 tax preparer bond, and register as a new CRTP.

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Just as a reminder, an individual preparing taxes for a fee may also be a licensed CPA with the California Board of Accountancy (, an Enrolled Agent (, or an attorney ( You may wish to check the websites indicated to be sure the individual in question is not a CPA, EA or attorney, and, therefore, exempt from registering with CTEC. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact CTEC.

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Is Your Tax Preparer California Approved?

California law says only an Attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) or Enrolled Agent (EA) can prepare tax returns for a fee.  Learn More >


Tips for Choosing Your Tax Preparer >

Did you know California is one of the few states to have set requirements for paid tax preparers? Before you hand over your private tax information, get tips on red flags to know and how to find a legal tax preparer.  Learn more >


The Scary Truth About "Ghost" Tax Preparers >

Who are ghost tax preparers? They set up shop every tax season, prepare countless fraudulent tax returns, then disappear without a trace leaving clients to deal with the mess.  Learn more >