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Registering as a new tax preparer? What you need to know...

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10 comments

Registration for new applicants starts November 1, 2020. As of July, new registrants must also pass a background check before their application can be approved. 

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

This means new registrants must complete the following before their application will be considered:

The new requirements are NOT applicable to current CRTPs, only new applicants who register on or after July 1, 2020.  

However, CRTPs who allow their CTEC registration to expire and would like to reregister 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 resubmit fingerprint images to CTEC.

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cind commented on Friday, March 26, 2021

Does CTEC ever respond to this blogs question ?

How long commented on Friday, March 26, 2021

Hello, how long does it take for background check to be approved by CTEC after it is received from DOJ?

Concerned commented on Friday, March 5, 2021

Tax preparer completed ALL requirements except paying $33 registration fee. How is it possible they have to start over due to a small fee, especially during a pandemic?

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Concerned2 commented on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Tax preparer completed all requirements by October 1, 2020 except for paying the registration fee. Information for the CEs were submitted on October 1, 2020 to CTEC. CTEC online payment was down on several occasions. Does the tax preparer need to start over as a new preparer?

Concerned commented on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

What recourse do we have concerning a tax preparer that has ignored his duty year after year, we realized this after some time, then asks for POA to clean up his mess and then says that the IRS won't talk to him they want to speak with the POA. This guy ignored his client after many calls to speak and meet and handle the situation. This preparer is the only person that knows what he did or didn't do. He has put off this elderly client always extending her because, in my opinion, he felt he could neglect her because she is elderly. What recourse do we have to make him do his due diligence and clean up his mess?

Jessica commented on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Can a Tax Preparer obt out of having his/her address and phone number open to the public? How do can we keep our personal address and phone number private from the public?

Marty commented on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

What is deadline with penalty fee after Oct. 31, 2020

Marybel commented on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

By when does CTEC need to received the qualifying education requirement?

carlos commented on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Is ITIN # Ok to register?