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Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)

The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is intended to recognize and encourage unenrolled tax return preparers who want to voluntarily increase their knowledge and improve their filing season competency through continuing education (CE).  

Unenrolled tax return preparers who meet the program requirements will receive an AFSP - Record of Completion from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Holders of an AFSP - Record of Completion will be included in the Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications.


For more information visit the IRS AFSP website



Requirements to receive an AFSP - Record of Completion from the IRS

Non-Exempt Preparers

  •  Take 11 hours of CE
    • 6-hours in Annual Federal Tax Refresher  (AFTR) Course
    • 3 hours of federal tax topics
    • 2 hours of ethics
  • Have a valid PTIN
  • Consent to certain specific Circular 230 practice obligations
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Exempt Preparers


  • Take 8 hours of CE
    • 3 hours of federal tax law updates
    • 3 hours of other federal tax topics
    • 2 hours of ethics
  • Have a valid PTIN
  • Consent to certain specific Circular 230 practice obligations
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Who are Exempt Preparers?

  • Those who passed the Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) test
  • Those individuals who uphold the regulations set by state standards, CTEC and OBTP members
  • Those who have passed the Enrolled Agent Part 1 Exam
  • VITA Quality Reviewers and Instructors with active PTIN
  • CPAs, Attorneys and Enrolled Agents