California Tax Education Council
tax professionals 
August, 1 2018
Renewal Registration Starts Today

The CTEC 2018/2019 renewal registration cycle starts August 1, 2018. If you already completed the continuing education requirements (15 hours federal and five hours state), now is the time to renew.


To renew, you must have:

• Basic personal information.

• Current bond information.

• A renewed IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

• 20 hours of continuing education (10 hours of federal tax law, three hours of federal tax law updates, 2 hours of ethics and 5 hours of state) already uploaded into the CTEC database.

• A Visa or MasterCard to pay the $33 registration fee.


To renew online, all your education must have been electronically reported to CTEC by your education provider. If your education is not showing up, call your education provider(s) to upload the hours into the system. CTEC policy allows education providers 10 days from the date the course was completed to report hours earned so please plan ahead.


Important Update: CRTPs who do not update their bond information will automatically have their registration put ON HOLD. CRTPs showing expired or invalid bond information will receive an email from CTEC with a 30 days notice to update the bond. If no action is taken, the registration will no longer be valid.



According to California law, CRTPs cannot prepare tax returns for a fee without a current CTEC registration.


CRTPs who also plan to represent clients during IRS examinations are required to participate in the IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) to receive limited representation rights. To qualify, CTEC renewal registrations must be completed no later than December 31, 2018.



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