AFSP Course Descriptions
18-hour AFTR Tax Preparer Package
This package satisfies the full continuing education requirement to be eligible for the IRS Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion for PTIN holders who are required to complete the 6-hour AFTR course. It includes courses listed below, which satisfy the following categories:
- Annual Federal Tax Refresher - 6 hours
- Federal Tax Law - 10 hours
- Ethics - 2 hours
All course materials are provided as PDF files that can be downloaded from your account immediately after purchase, exams are administered online and are accessed by logging in to your account. The IRS requires a passing score of 70% for each course.
Sequoia CPE is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider, our provider ID is XE26W.
All AFSP courses were required to be completed by 12/31. Courses for next year will be available Summer 2023.
See Am I Exempt? if you are unsure whether this is the correct package for your requirements.
2022 Annual Federal Tax Refresher
Satisfies 2023 AFSP AFTR requirementEach year, various limits affecting income tax return preparation and tax planning are affected by inflation-related changes. In addition, various laws passed to address the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic significantly affect tax planning and may also affect taxpayers’ income tax liability. This course will examine many of those changes. The Annual Federal Tax Refresher course is designed to meet the requirements of the IRS voluntary Annual Filing Season program. It discusses new tax law—including various tax extenders—and recent updates for the upcoming filing season, provides a general tax review, and examines important rules governing tax return preparer ethics, practices and procedures. In organizing this course, the term “domain” is used in place of the more common “chapter” to more closely follow the language of the IRS Annual Federal Tax Refresher course outline.
Note on course title: In previous years, the IRS included the upcoming year in AFTR course titles. Starting this year, the IRS now uses the year that CE is completed instead. As such, the 2022 and 2023 AFSP AFTR courses both have the same course title - 2022 Annual Federal Tax Refresher. Our system will automatically select the correct version for your CE requirements.
IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-A-00329-22-S
10-Hour Federal Tax Law Topics
|This course is designed to meet the 10 hour federal tax law requirement for the Annual Filing Season The first part of this course provides an understanding of the various individual retirement arrangements. It covers traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs), and Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLEs). It explains the rules for setting up an IRA, contributing to an IRA, transferring money or property to and from an IRA, handling an inherited IRA, making withdrawals from an IRA, receiving distributions from an IRA, and taking a credit for contributions to an IRA. It also explains the penalties and additional taxes that apply when the rules are not followed. To assist in complying with the tax rules for IRAs, this course contains worksheets, sample forms, and tables, which can be found throughout the course and in the appendices in the back. The second part of this course discusses the tax treatment of virtual currency. Roughly 3 in 10 Americans younger than age 30 indicate they have invested in, traded, or used a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. As a result, tax preparers are more likely than ever to encounter clients who have engaged in one or more virtual currency transactions during the year and who may have taxable income as a result. Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency briefly discusses the nature of virtual currency, how transactions in virtual currency occur and are recorded, and the tax treatment to which they are subject.|
IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-T-00332-22-S
2-Hour Ethics for Tax Preparers
|This course discusses various frivolous tax arguments and scams in relation to a federal tax preparer’s ethical obligations under IRS Circular 230. Additional information is provided on the civil and criminal penalties that can apply to your clients and the various penalties that can apply to you, the tax preparer, that violates ethical standards and your obligations under Circular 230.|
IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-E-00330-22-S