California Tax Education Council

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Late Renewals Due January 15th

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 0 comments

CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) who failed to meet the October 31, 2019 renewal deadline have until January 15, 2020 to pay the $55 late fee (in addition to the $33 registration fee) and renew late.

Missed the Late Renewal Deadline? What to Know...

CRTPs who missed the January 15th deadline to renew late must start over, retake the 60-hour qualifying education (QE) course and register as a new tax preparer.

It also means those tax preparers cannot prepare any tax returns for a fee until their registration is current with CTEC.

Background Checks for New Applicants Effective July 1, 2020

NEW applicants who would like to register as a tax preparer with CTEC must pass a background check starting July 1, 2020.

California Business & Professions Code Section 22251.3 was amended to require new applicants who would like to become a CRTP to pass a criminal background check and submit fingerprint images to CTEC to determine an individual’s eligibility to register.

CRTPs who allow their CTEC registration to expire and would like to re-register with CTEC on or after July 1, 2020, will not only be required to retake the 60 hour QE course, they will also be required to go through a background check and submit fingerprint images to CTEC. 


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