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2021 IRS AFSP CE 15 Hour - Personal Income Tax Return

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2021 IRS AFSP CE 15 Hour - Personal Income Tax Return

Price: $28.00

In order to participate in the IRS's Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) you will need to successfully complete our 15 Hour IRS Personal Income Tax Return course (IRS Provider # JK8E2).  Our tax course is designed for tax preparers who are looking for a course that will meet the IRS requirements Continuing Education (CE)  for exempted tax preparers.  Our IRS tax course includes 10 hours of federal law topics, 3 hours of federal law updates, 2 hours of ethics. 

IRS General Tax Preparer 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.  Note, residents of CaliforniaOregonNew York and Maryland have separate state requirements.  Click the link to learn more about each state's specific requirement.

What are the benefits to becoming an IRS Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion Holder?

Tax preparers who complete the Annual Filing Season Program will be issued a record of completion from the IRS and be listed in their public database detailing the tax preparer’s credentials.  The IRS has also launched a public education campaign to encourage taxpayers to select credentialed tax preparers. AFSP participants will have limited representation rights and will be able to represent clients before revenue agents and similar IRS employees.

About the IRS Continuing Education Course

Course Description: Our IRS AFSP 15 Hour CE Personal Income Tax Return course is designed for tax preparers who are looking to complete a tax course that will meet 15 hours of IRS continuing education. Our tax course is actually three tax classes in one. The learning objectives expected to be achieved after completion of this tax course includes a better understanding of the following tax topics.

Platinum's 10-Hour federal tax law tax class covers the personal income tax return including proper completion of Form 1040 and related schedules and forms. Topics include the determination of taxable income, adjustments to income, identifying eligible tax credits and calculating total tax liability (IRS course #JK8E2-T-00127-20-S) and provides ten hours of CE credit. Platinum's 3-Hour federal tax updates class covers personal tax updates. Topics include fundamental inflationary changes that will be used to prepare tax returns (IRS course # JK8E2-U-00124-20-S) and provides three hours of CE credit.  Platinum's 2-Hour ethics tax class covers ethical issues including practices and procedures involving the possession of tax records, understanding how to properly disclose fees charged for the preparation of taxes and understanding the definitions of when a tax practitioner is acting in a disreputable or incompetent manner (#JK8E2-E-00125-20-S) and provides two hours of CE credit. The first three combined classes will meet the 15-Hour IRS requirement for the minimum number of CE credit hours including the tax updates and ethics requirements. Upon completing this course you will have an understanding of how to properly prepare and complete IRS Form 1040 and other basic tax forms and schedules. 

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 meet the 15 hour CE requirement and 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 completions 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 ( 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.

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