AFSP Course Descriptions

15-hour AFTR-Exempt 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 NOT required to complete the 6-hour AFTR course. It includes courses listed below, which satisfy the following categories:

  • Federal Tax Law - 10 hours
  • Federal Tax Updates - 3 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. Exams can be retaken as many times as needed at no additional cost.

Sequoia CPE is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider, our provider ID is XE26W.

Purchase - $64.50

See Am I Exempt? if you are unsure whether this is the correct package for your requirements.

10-Hour Federal Tax Topics

10-Hour Federal Tax Topics This course is designed to meet the 10 hour federal tax law requirement for the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP). This course will guide you through the ins and outs of maximizing business deductions for car expenses, travel and entertainment, and home offices. It includes detailed, clear explanations and practical examples of how the tax law is applied.

Course Info:

  • Course #: 200C
  • Delivery: Self-Study
  • CPE Hours: 10
  • Course Level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Category: Federal Tax Law
  • Total Pages: 233
  • Questions: 50

IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-T-00144-17-S

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3-Hour Federal Tax Update

3-Hour Federal Tax Update This course is designed to meet the 3 hour federal tax law updates requirement for the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP). This course provides a brief overview of important tax changes for 2017 to the individual income tax laws as well as a review of important changes from recent years. Topics covered include annual inflation updates, the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, expanded due diligence requirements for certain credits, best practices concerning tax related identity theft and safeguarding taxpayer data, and a review of tax due dates for the upcoming year.

Course Info:

  • Course #: 300C
  • Delivery: Self-Study
  • CPE Hours: 3
  • Course Level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Category: Federal Tax Updates
  • Total Pages: 57
  • Questions: 15

IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-U-00145-17-S

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2-Hour Ethics for Tax Preparers

2-Hour Ethics for Tax Preparers This course is designed to meet the 2 hour ethics requirement for the Annual Filing Season Program. It 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. Abusive tax preparer statistics are used to reinforce the examples of ethical violations by tax return preparers.

Course Info:

  • Course #: 400C
  • Delivery: Self-Study
  • CPE Hours: 2
  • Course Level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Category: Ethics
  • Total Pages: 46
  • Questions: 10

IRS Program Approval Number: XE26W-E-00152-17-S

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