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CTEC Raises Registration Fee to $33

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 0 comments

Effective August 1, 2014, CTEC’s registration fee will increase from $25 to $33.


Why the Fee Increase?

This year, CTEC passed its periodic review (also known as “Sunset Review”) by the California State Legislature. The mission of CTEC was evaluated during the review process.

The State Legislature approved for the CTEC program to be extended six years before another Sunset Review is required. The mission of CTEC will remain intact and unchanged.

The purpose of CTEC is to ensure registered tax preparers are competent in their profession as a protection to California taxpayers. Quality tax education standards, tax preparer enforcement and public awareness all play a role in this endeavor.

Recent audits have proven that more attention is needed on the courses offered by education providers. As a result, the board had to allocate more funds toward the oversight of its education providers to help ensure two goals are fulfilled:

· CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) are receiving quality tax education

· California taxpayers will receive quality tax preparation from CRTPs


Why Start in August?

CTEC’s renewal registration cycle begins August 1st of each year. A fee increase was needed to ensure CTEC funded its Curriculum Provider Committee, which approves courses offered by education providers. 


Why the $8 Increase?

The board discussed the fee increase at length during its May meeting. All committee budgets were scrutinized before a decision was made to increase the fee.

The additional $8 was the minimal amount needed to avoid a budget shortfall. This is the first registration fee increase CTEC has ever implemented in its 17-year history.


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