California Tax Education Council


New Preparer Application - Application Options


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Select Application Cycle Year

If you plan on preparing taxes between now and November 1st of this year, click on November 1, 2019 thru October 31, 2020, cycle year below.Once you register as a new preparer you will be required to take an additional 20 hours of continuing education and renew your registration for 2020/2021. The deadline for this renewal is October 31st of this year.

If you will not be preparing taxes between now and November 1st of this year, click on November 1, 2020 thru October 31, 2021 cycle year below.Once you register as a new preparer, you are required to take 20 hours of continuing education.This education must be taken from November 1, 2019 thru October 31, 2020. Any education taken before November 1, 2019 cannot be used to meet your 20 hour annual education requirement for cycle year 2020/2021.


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Select Your Application Type


New Preparer Application

This is the standard New Preparer Application which requires the completion of a 60 hour Qualifying Education Course.

Experience in Lieu of Application

You may apply for an Experience in Lieu of Exemption and only be required to complete a 15 hour California Tax Course if you meet one of the requirements below: (additional information will be required during the application process for this type of application.)

The California Business & Professions Code has identified the following experience in lieu of education exemptions:
  1. Have been a Certified Public Accountant, Enrolled Agent, or Attorney for the most recent two years.  In this case you will need to provide a “copy” of the license or certification for confirmation regardless of the state of issuance.
  2. Have been EMPLOYED by a Certified Public Accountant, Enrolled Agent, or Attorney for the most recent two years.  In this case you will submit a letter from your employer on company letterhead confirming both their own license or certification and your employment status.  The letter should indicate that you have met the requirements for the experience in lieu of education application and elaborate on your tax preparation experience.
  3. An individual who has relocated into California and have been a tax preparer in another state for the most recent two years.  In order to provide proof of this, since most other states do not regulate tax preparers, we ask that you provide letters from a few of your clients indicating that you have prepared their taxes over the past years and confirming your tax preparation experience.  You may also submit a letter from an employer stating your employment as a tax preparer.  (see further requirements below for out of state applicants)


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