2022 ANNUAL FILING SEASON PROGRAM (15h CE Credit) Exempt Preparers

Author: Edutax

Annual Filing Season Program, AFSP.

For the 5 courses listed below, you will receive a Certificate by email for each exam you passed with 70% or more, we will report your CE Credit hour to the IRS. 

The IRS will send you a Certificate of Completion for (2022 AFSP) once you complete and passed all 5 exams.


Course description

This voluntary program recognizes the efforts of tax return preparers who are generally not attorneys, certified public accountants (CPAs), or enrolled agents. The IRS issues an AFSP Record of Completion certificate to return preparers who obtain a certain number of continuing education hours in preparation for a specific tax year.

Among the benefits of obtaining this credential are the possibility of representing clients for which an AFSP Record of Completion holder prepared returns, and to be listed on the IRS’ website as such one holder.

To receive a Record of Completion for filing season 2022, all continuing education must be finished by December 31, 2021.

Depending on certain factors, a tax return preparer will need to obtain a certain amount of continuing education hours from an IRS-approved CE provider according to the following chart:

Course CategoryExempt PreparersNon-exempt Preparers
AFTR(*) N/A 6
Federal Tax Law 10 10
Federal Tax Law Updates 3 N/A
Ethics 2 2

(*) The Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course is a 6-hour course covering general filing season issues and new tax law updates.  It requires a mandatory, three-hour, 100 question test to ensure comprehension of the materials. All questions are multiple choice format and the student must answer a minimum of 70% correctly to pass the course and get continuing education credit.

Who are Exempt Preparers?

All others are considered Non-exempt Preparers.

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