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Renewal Registrations Start August 1

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 0 comments

The 2020/2021 renewal registration cycle for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) starts August 1, 2020 and ends October 31, 2020.

How do I renew online?

To renew online, click on the button Click Here to Renew located on the homepage. To renew, you must have:

  • Basic personal information

  • Current bond information and bond certificate

  • 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 new or renewed IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)

  • Visa or MasterCard to pay the $33 registration fee

    Note: Bonds MUST be uploaded through your account on the CTEC website.

    AVOID THIS MISTAKE! Last year many CRTPs logged into their account, however, instead of following the renewal steps, they “reprinted” their CTEC certificate for $10 and thought they registered. Renewals can only be completed by following the listed steps and paying the $33 registration fee! No exceptions.

    What if my education has not been reported?

    To renew online all of 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. Remember CTEC policy allows education providers 10 days from the date the course was completed to report hours earned so please plan ahead.

    Is unused education from last year accepted?

    CTEC’s registration cycle runs from November 1st through October 31st of each year, which means any education taken between those dates is good for the current registration cycle.

    For example, did you complete a course on or after November 1, 2019? Any unused education completed from that date until October 31, 2020 can be used towards the new 2020/2021 CTEC renewal cycle.

    CTEC education providers do not register you with CTEC. They are only submitting the education to CTEC. You have to make the final step to complete your registration, which also includes paying the CTEC $33 renewal fee.

    Am I required to display my certificate?

    All current certificates must be made visible to consumers at the primary

    place of business. CTEC certificates can be displayed at the entrance, on desks or another conspicuous location where business activities are performed.


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