AFSP CPE Overview
We offer low cost cpe courses for the AFSP, EA, and all IRS Tax Preparers on current tax topics in an entertaining format.
We'll admit it is hard to make tax courses fun, but we do try!
FunCPE is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion continuing education classes
- FunCPE Sponsor number FAE6R
- Valid in all states for the Annual Filing Season Program
- What is an "Approved Continuing Education Provider" for IRS Tax Preparer and AFSP continuing education?
- FunCPE has provided CPE courses to IRS tax preparers, including EAs for over twelve years
- Our current sponsorship is valid through December 31, 2016 (all CE Sponsor agreements have annual renewals). We will renew our sponsorship as soon as the renewal becomes available, for the following year.
- We automatically post your hours to your IRS PTIN account, when you provide your PTIN to us in your student profile (usually entered during your first registration)
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|IRS Approved CE Sponsor Approval-2017|
Review our IRS sponsor approval letter as well as print it out for your records if desired.
History of the AFSP
The IRS Return Preparer Office (RPO) announced the voluntary Annual Filing Season Program in July 2014. Initially they referred to it as the Annual Filing Season Certificate, but the term "certificate" was dropped and it was changed to "program." You now can receive a "record of completion" but they are careful not to refer to it as a "certificate." Most likely the IRS wants to avoid any suggestion that you are a "certified tax preparer" or anything that might be confused with a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
The IRS's initial program of testing and professional designation for tax preparers was called the Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) program. This program was suspended in January 2013, and has now been discontinued. Tax preparers who passed the RTRP exam are classifed as "exempt" and have a reduced number of CE hours required to participate in the AFSP.
The IRS is pursuing congressional authorization for the IRS to make minimum continuing education courses for tax preparers mandatory, rather than voluntary as it is now.
What courses do I need to get the AFSP?
Review the CE requirements for the AFSP program here for calendar years 2016 (for 2017 tax season) and later.
Some students have asked why the number of hours required was lower the first year (2014) the IRS began the AFSP program.
Because the program was started in the middle of the year in 2014, the IRS reduced the number of CE hours required to be completed by December 31, 2014, for the "2015 filing season."
Review the "Am I Exempt or Non-Exempt" article to determine whether you are "exempt" or "non-exempt" from the 6-hour Annual Filing Tax Refreshers (AFTR) course here.
We welcome you as an Annual Filing Season Program tax professional to our site and would like to serve your needs better. Please contact us with any suggestions for new course topics for ASFP courses specifically, or any other questions or information you think we should add to our website information.
We know the AFSP regulations can be confusing.
For more information about Tax Preparer licensing, you can also view the IRS website page on the AFSP requirements directly.