Frequently Asked Questions | Sequoia CPE

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the AFSP and why should I participate?
2. What does an AFSP package from Sequoia CPE include?
3. Are there any additional fees to complete my courses, such as exam grading fees?
4. Are courses from Sequoia CPE approved by the IRS?
5. Does Sequoia CPE report my course completions to the IRS?
6. What are the continuing education requirements for the Annual Filing Season Program?
7. What format are the courses presented in?
8. Can I save my answers in the middle of an exam and return to it later?
9. What happens if I don't pass a final exam on my first try?
10. Can I complete my courses on an iPad?
11. How can I upgrade from the 15-hour package to the 18-hour package?
12. Does Sequoia CPE have any firm offerings or discounts?

1. What is the AFSP and why should I participate?

The Annual Filing Season Program aims to recognize the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. Those who choose to participate will receive an IRS record of completion and are included in a public database of return preparers on the IRS website. Beginning January 1, 2016, AFSP participants, CPAs, EAs, and attorneys will be the only tax professionals allowed to represent clients before the IRS.

For more additional details please visit: www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/annual-filing-season-program

2. What does an AFSP package from Sequoia CPE include?

Your purchase will included all of the courses required to meet the IRS Annual Filing Season Program continuing education requirements. This includes all of the study materials, final exams, and completion certificates.

3. Are there any additional fees to complete my CPE, such as exam grading fees?

No, your purchase from Sequoia CPE is all-inclusive. There are no additional fees for taking exams, grading exams, completion certificates, etc.

4. Are courses from Sequoia CPE approved by the IRS?

Yes. We are an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider and our Provider ID is XE26W.

5. Does Sequoia CPE report my course completions to the IRS?

Yes. All courses for which you receive a passing score are reported to the IRS for continuing education as long as you have provided your PTIN.

6. What are the continuing education requirements for the Annual Filing Season Program?

For the 2017 Annual Filing Season Program - Record of Completion, PTIN holders must complete either 15 hours or 18 hours of IRS-Approved education in the categories of Federal Tax Law, Ethics, and Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) or Federal Tax Update. PTIN holders that are exempt from the AFTR course will need 15 hours of CE and non-exempt PTIN holders will need 18 hours including the 6-hour AFTR course.

Click here to view detailed CPE requirements for the Annual Filing Season Program.

7. What format are the courses presented in?

All courses from Sequoia CPE are self-study courses with PDF course materials and online exams. After adding a course to My Account two buttons will appear:

Clicking the Download Course Materials button will download a PDF document to your computer/tablet with the course materials and relevant information.

Clicking Take Exam will take you to the final exam for that course which must be completed to receive your continuing education credit.

8. Can I save my answers in the middle of an exam and return to it later?

Yes, with the exception of the 6-hour AFTR course. For all other courses you can click either of the "Save Progress" buttons on the exam page to save your current answers and return to the exam at a later time.

The AFTR exam is a timed exam and must be completed within 3 hours of beginning the exam per IRS regulations.

9. What happens if I don't pass a final exam on my first try?

You can retake each final exam as many times as you need to. The course will remain in "Courses in Progress" in My Account until you pass the exam. To retake an exam click the Take Exam button. The AFTR course will have multiple versions of the final exam if it needs to be taken more than once.

10. Can I complete my CPE courses on an iPad?

Yes, all aspects of our courses are compatible with iPads. Course materials can be downloaded to iBooks on your iPad for easy reading and exams can be completed online via your iPad.

11. How can I upgrade from the 15-hour package to the 18-hour package?

If you purchased the 15-hour AFTR-Exempt package and later realized you need the 18-hour Non-Exempt package, including the 6-hour AFTR course, you can upgrade your package for $15. Click here to upgrade your package.

12. Does Sequoia CPE have any firm offerings or discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts for firms with 5+ accounts. In addition, firms have access to our "Virtual Office Administrator" which simplifies and streamlines CPE tracking. Our Virtual Administrator can track the continuing education of anywhere from 5 to 500 employees, displaying individual progress in one simple and easy to use view. We save certificates of completion for five years in a user-friendly archive.

Firm accounts can be set up here.

For more information about firm pricing or our Virtual Administrator, please contact our Head of Firm Partnerships:

John Wheeler
P: (858) 255-7954
E: John@SequoiaCPE.com