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irslogoThe Internal Revenue Service has established standards for organizations to become IRS-approved Continuing Education Providers. The agency also set requirements for IRS CE Accrediting organizations.This is part of the process for implementing continuing education requirements for tax return preparers. Those required to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test before the end of 2013 must complete 15 hours of courses next year.

The annual requirements included 10 hours of federal tax law topics, three hours of tax law updates and two hours of ethics and/or professional conduct.

Approved CE providers must be an accredited educational institution, recognized for continuing education purposes by the licensing body of any state or U.S. territory; approved by a qualifying organization as a provider of CE on subject matters designed for registered tax return preparers, enrolled agents, and enrolled retirement plan agents. Prospective accrediting organization can submit the required documentation outlined in section 4 of Revenue Procedure 2012-12 to the address provided in the revenue procedure. Once approved, any accrediting organizations will be publicized by the IRS and must renew their status as accrediting organization with the IRS every three years.

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