You can become a tax preparer as soon as you have a Preparer Tax Identificsation Number (PTIN), for the up coming year, you must pass the Competency Test to be a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP), please refer to the IRS for applying the PTIN and FastForward Academy for free test bank and the www.Prometric.com for the test location. Good luck.
I would like to add that if you plan on working as a tax preparer this year you will most likely have to work for someone who is already an ERO. You can only charge to file 11 returns without qualifying to efile which usually will take 30 to 45 days to get. To become an ERO involves application on Eservice, fingerprinting, background check. Also if you apply for your ptin before april 18 you will have until Dec 2013 to take exam but after april 18th you will not get a ptin until you pass the exam. Good Luck
Thanks for the information Posted by D on 02/28/2012 @ 2:36 PM
The course is an independant/self-study type. The primary factor in determining how long it will take is you and the effort you put in.
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