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2021 Maryland Tax Return Preparer Prep Course

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2021 Maryland Tax Return Preparer Prep Course

Price: $146.00


In order to be a Maryland Registered Tax Preparer, you must pass the Maryland Individual Tax Preparer Examination.  Our Maryland Tax Return Preparer Prep Course will prepare you to sucessfully pass the Maryland Individual Tax Preparer Examination and be able to prepare individual tax returns. 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. 

IRS General Tax Preparer Requirements

Course Prerequisites:  High school diploma or high school diploma equivalent is recommended as well as completion of our Personal Income Tax Return course. 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. 

A registration issued by the Maryland State Board is required to prepare Maryland individual tax returns. The holding of a current, valid federal PTIN is the primary credential required for the issuance of a state registration. You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid High School Diploma or GED.  The State of Maryland requires that Maryland Tax Preparers complete a minimum of 16 hours of continuing tax education CE every two years, by the anniversary date of the original registration issuance.   Once you complete our Maryland Continuing Professional Education Tax Course you will receive a Certificate of Completion.  Platinum will also provide you with an audit checklist of your CPE hours to provide to the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation if they request it from you. The registration fee for the initial two year registration and subsequent bi-annual renewal is $100. The expiration date will be two years from the date of issuance.  In addition, the IRS requires non-credentialed or non-exempt tax preparers to complete 18 credit hours of continuing education including an Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) if they want to be an IRS Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion Holder. 

Maryland law requires that applicants for registration pass an examination, Section 21-302(e) of Title 16, Business Occupations and Professions, Annotated Code of Maryland. The cost of the Maryland Examination is $65. Those tax preparers who have taken and passed the RTRP exam given by the IRS do not have to take the Maryland exam, but must submit a copy of their RTRP Certificate issued by the IRS or the letter of passing results as proof. The Maryland Examination is being administered by PSI Services, LLC. Information about how to schedule, pay for, and take the Maryland Exam may be found at the PSI Exams Online Website.

Maryland-IRS Tax Preparer Requirements

Maryland law requires that applicants for registration pass an examination, Section 21-302(e) of Title 16, Business Occupations and Professions, Annotated Code of Maryland.  Business Occupations and Professions, Annotated Code of Maryland. The Maryland Examination was first given on October 1, 2014. The cost of the Maryland examination is $65. The exam is updated annually on July 1st. Those tax preparers who have taken and passed the RTRP exam given by the IRS do not have to take the Maryland exam, but must submit a copy of their RTRP Certificate issued by the IRS or the letter of passing results as proof. The Maryland Examination is being administered by PSI Services, LLC. Information about how to schedule, pay for, and take the Maryland Exam may be found at the PSI Exams Online Website.  

The following individuals are exempted by law from the requirement to hold a state individual tax preparers registration:

1. A current, active CPA registered by Maryland or any other State,

2. An individual in good standing and admitted to practice law in the State or in another state;

3. An individual employed by a local, state, or federal governmental agency but only in performance of official duties;

4. An individual enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service who is governed under circular 230 (exemption applies only to Enrolled Agents of the IRS);

5. An individual serving as an employee of or assistant to an individual tax preparer or an individual exempted under this subsection in the performance of official duties for the individual tax preparer or the individual exempted in 1 to 4 above.

About the Maryland Tax Return Preparer Prep Course

Course Description: The Maryland Tax Return Preparer Prep course will prepare you for the Maryland Board of Individual Tax Preparers Examination and is based on 2019 federal and state tax law (current year being tested on the Maryland exam). The examination is administered by the State Board of Individual Tax Preparers which registers and regulates individual tax preparers subject to the authority of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. One of the primary requirements for Maryland Tax Preparers is the successful completion of the examination. This course will prepare you for the examination. The course covers the personal tax return Form 1040 including income, gains and losses, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits, small business schedule C and depreciation. Reading assignments and quiz questions will guide you through each tax topic so that you will be well prepared for the examination. A final exam will also allow you to practice for the actual examination and includes the same number of questions and the same time allotment as the actual examination.  Upon completing this course you will have an understanding of how to properly prepare and complete IRS Form 1040, 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 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. 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 @platinumprostudies.com) 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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