Renewal Registrations Begin August 1
The CTEC 2019/2020 renewal registration cycle starts August 1, 2019 and ends October 31, 2019.
How do I renew online?
To renew online, click here and follow the prompts. To renew, you must have:
• Basic personal information.
• Current bond information and bond certificate. If your bond information is current, you are not required to upload your current bond again. If your bond is expired, you must update your bond information and upload a copy of your new bond.
• 20 hours of continuing education (10 hours of federal tax law, 3 hours of federal tax law updates, 2 hours of ethics and 5 hours of state) already uploaded into the CTEC database by your education provider.
• A renewed IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
• Visa/Debit or MasterCard/Debit to pay the $33 registration fee.
How do I renew by mail?
To renew by mail, you must have:
• A copy of your bond showing the current expiration date.
• Copy of education completion certificate(s).
• A renewed IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) approval letter.
• Completed 2019/2020 renewal application found on ctec.org.
• Personal check, cashier’s check or money order for $33 made payable to CTEC.
• Mail all information, to CTEC (P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA 95812-2890) postmarked by October 31, 2019.
CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) will get a CTEC Certificate of Compliance by mail within four to six weeks of approval. If any of the above documents are missing, your application will be sent back. If your application is postmarked by October 31st, but is returned to you due to missing information, you will be required to pay the $55 late fee. CTEC certificates must be made visible to taxpayers at your primary place of business!
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 above 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 in your CTEC account, call your education provider(s) and have them upload the hours electronically into the CTEC database.
CTEC staff does not upload education. If you took education at an IRS Forum or through an IRS webinar, and the education is not showing in your account, call the CTEC office.
Remember, CTEC policy allows education providers to submit education to CTEC 30 business days between January 16 and June 30, and within 10 business days between July 1 and January 15, from the date the education was completed.
Has anyone been able to get through to anyone at CTEC? I've been trying to reach someone since Oct 31st. How is everyone renewing their licences?
I did try to renew online but indicates that my license is expired 2017 so I don't know what to do? they told me system was down to try after 4pm to day 10/31/2019 but I did and nothing same thing last time I try was 10:30 pm and still the same... so?
Website crashed but is back up
it's working right now
I filled out a renewal application (you can find it on this page under "How do I renew by mail" & faxed it this fax number 877-851-2832
My says it is expired as of 11/1/2019. It's 10/31/2019!! I can't get through the phone. I've tried email. And this page says I don't have to upload my bond again since it's not expired. Help!!!
Has anyone been able to get through on the phone?
Has anyone been able to get through on the phone?
I am having same problem. it says CTEC expired and I cannot get through phone line.
Mine also said expired as of 11/1/2019. I called and can't get through. Not just me I guess
Has anybody been able to get though on the phone. Nobody is picking up.
I also tried to login and renew online but I get a message that my ctec license has expired as of 11/1/2019. What shall we do?
I sent them an email to email@example.com and still no reply.
Hopefully they figure out there's an issue and get it fixed so we can renew online. I don't know what else to do since they don't answer the phone.
I have been calling Ctec since 8 AM with no luck. My hours provider has already submitted my 20 hours and they dont not reflect on my account. It states my license is expired as of Nov 1 too.
Mitch Khorshed this happened to me as well and I've been trying to call Customer Service since 9 am and the phone keeps ringing.
I tried to login to CTEC website to renew my account but it indicates that my license has expired as of Nov 1, 2019 & I required to take 60 hours Education Course. Just to mention that I finished the 20hrs course on 10/28/19 and tried to login but it was mentioned that CTEC didn’t receive the course Completion yet. Also, to mention that today is Oct 31, 2019 and my license is still valid
I just applied for my EA on Oct 7 2019. Do I need to renew my CTEC in order to prepare taxes in January 2020? I've heard it takes up to 90 days to get my EA number which would make it mid January.
can get copy on my ptin