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CTEC Qualifying Tax Course - 60 Hour

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CTEC Qualifying Tax Course - 60 hour

Price: $129.00

In order to obtain the California Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) designation you will need to successfully complete our 60 Hour Qualifying Tax Course which will allow you to prepare tax returns for compensation in California. The 60 Hour Qualifying Course includes 45 Hours of Federal Tax Law and 15 Hours of California State Tax Law in accordance with CTEC's qualifying education requirement.

CTEC CRTP Requirements

Course Prerequisites:  High school diploma or high school diploma equivalent is recommended. The IRS requires all paid tax preparers to sign up with the IRS and obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).  All tax preparers will need to renew an existing PTIN annually.  Enrolled Agents have separate requirements, Click Here to learn more.  

To become a Tax Preparer in California you must follow the state guidelines as well as the Internal Revenue guidelines.  The state of California requires all paid Tax Preparers to take and pass a California Registered Tax Preparer 60 hour Qualifying tax course as well as

  • Obtain and maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond
  • Obtain A Preparer Tax Identification Number
  • Register with the California Tax Education Council CTEC.

Once you do this you will become a California Registered Tax Preparer CTRP. In addition, you will be required to complete 20 hours of continuing education annually. 

Platinum Professional Services has been approved by the California Tax Education Council to offer the CRTP Qualifying Tax Course, Number 2052-QE-0087 which fulfills the 60-hour qualifying education requirement imposed by the State of California to become a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer. A listing of additional requirements to register as a tax preparer may be obtained by contacting CTEC at P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA 95812-2890, toll-free by phone at 877.850.2832, or on the internet at

About the CTEC Qualifying Course

Course Description: The CTEC Qualifying 60 Hour tax course thoroughly covers fundamental tax topics geared for first time tax preparers who have not received any prior instruction in tax preparation. There are no educational prerequisites required for the successful completion of the course. The course covers the IRS Form 1040 and related schedules and forms. Topics include income, gains and losses, adjustments to income, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits, small business income and expenses (including Schedule C), depreciation, and the California Franchise Tax Board Form 540. Using direct up-to-date IRS publications, instructions and forms built within the course a series of questions will guide you through each tax publication so that you become proficient with the IRS's terminology, guidelines, and procedures.

Course Organization: Students create a login I.D. and password and have access to the course 24/7.  The course is presented in an online E-Book format making the reading material portable if you prefer to work offline. Each reading assignment is then followed by a one or two part quiz presented in a multiple choice format. A series of quiz review questions will then test your understanding of key topics. The answers are submitted online and will be automatically graded. The student will be provided with important feedback and answer key to all quiz questions. Once all of the quizzes are completed, the student will then need to complete a final exam that will review all of the topics covered. The student will receive a pass or fail grade on the final exam but, unlike the quizzes, the student will not be provided with an answer key or any feedback (to comply with IRS guidelines regarding final testing). All quizzes and the final exam(s) must be completed with a passing grade of 70% or better in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. The student has unlimited tries to pass the quizzes and the final exam(s). (Note that the completion of the quizzes is not mandatory).  Discussion forums are available within the courseOur "Student Course Forum" is available to chat with other students in the same course and our "General Student Forum" is available to chat with students in all courses. The Certificate of Completion can be printed by the student within the course and is also emailed to the student immediately following the successful completion of the course. Course completion are then reported to the IRS and, if applicable, to CTEC by Platinum Professional Services. The tax course is available to the student for six months upon registration. Our current courses are based upon the IRS's most recently available tax laws, forms, and schedules. We provide all students with tax updates throughout the year on our Platinum Blog site. 

Student Support:  Students can submit questions and comments in a variety of ways.  A toll free phone number (877-315-1772), fax line (877-317-9412) and email address (customersupport are all offered to the student.  A course evaluation is also provided at the conclusion of the course. 

Remember, Platinum Professional Services offers automatic grading, feedback on your missed questions, reading material conveniently located within each tax course, and unlimited tries to pass the quizzes and final exam(s). We even offer full instructor support. Our tax courses are available to you for six months (180 days) upon purchase and will expire after the six month term.  Please note:  Enrolled Agent review courses and Notary courses expire after one year.  Learn 24/7, online and at your own pace. Best of all, your Certificate of Completion is emailed to you immediately following the successful completion of the tax course. Platinum will then report your completion electronically to the IRS.

With Platinum Professional Services there is no confusion, only a direct path to success. Feel free to discover the most proficient way to deepen your education and be efficient, all while saving you time and money. Here at Platinum Professional Services, we make it easy for you without any added obstacles. Everyone wants to simplify their life and finally, we have the way.

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