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AFSP IRS Sponsor Information

FunCPE is an Approved Continuing Education Sponsor for the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Preparers

View current IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider agreement.

 The EA IRS Approved CE Provider number for FunCPE is FAE6R

- AFSP IRS Approved CE Provider number is FAE6R.

- FunCPE has been an approved IRS CPE sponsor for almost 20 years for IRS tax preparers, including EAs, RTRPs and now AFSPs (also called Other Tax Return Preparers (OTRPs)

- Each tax and ethics course has an approved IRS program number which prints on your certificate

Our CPE Certificates of Completion meet the IRS standards for CE

Written confirmation of course completed includes:
  • Your name and address
  • CE program name
  • IRS issued program number
  • Date completed
  • Length of CE program indicating CPE credit hours 
  • Signature of a sponsor representative
  • IRS approved provider number
  • CE Provider name and address
When you pass the final exam of a course, you automatically receive a CPE certificate of completion by email from FunCPE.
  • You can also view and reprint your certificates at any time by logging into the course system.
  • Although courses must be completed within one year, your login never expires
  • All FunCPE certificates include the required information
CPE certificate of completion

FunCPE Reports CE courses completed to the IRS 

In accordance with IRS CE Provider requirements, FunCPE reports your courses completed and CE hours earned to the IRS directly.  CE is reported to the IRS electronically, and the IRS system checks what we submit against the PTIN information you provided to the IRS.  We report every Monday all CE courses completed in the week just passed ending Sunday.  The IRS then posts the CE courses to your PTIN account overnight, and you can view the courses reported on Tuesday, by logging into your PTIN account.

How to make sure your CE gets reported to the IRS

We ask for your PTIN number when you enroll in a course, as required by the CE reporting requirements.  The PTIN you enter in our registration must match the first and last name you provided to the IRS with your PTIN registration.  The IRS matches the PTIN to your first and last name only, the middle name or middle initial is not considered.  

We recommend that you login to your IRS PTIN account to verify the name you have on record with the IRS and the PTIN, and then use the exact name when registering for courses.  Do not include any punctuation in your name such as hypens, commas or periods, as these will cause the CE to be rejected when we submit it.  Also, the PTIN is the letter "P" followed by 8 numbers.  Do not use the letter "O" --only use zeros in your PTIN when you enter it in our course system.

PTIN CE hours reported are viewable in your IRS account

You can log into your PTIN account on the IRS web site and view hours reported.  This will allow you to verify that all courses taken have been properly credited to your account.  We anticipate some mis-reported CE due to typos when the PTIN is entered.  We report your hours every Monday for the week just passed ending Sunday, and takes 24 hours (the hours are posted overnight) for the IRS to post the hours to your account.

We do automatically send you an email if you have entered a PTIN in your account setup, and when we submit your courses, the hours are rejected by the IRS. Definitely contact us if you don't see the courses posted to your account.

How can I be sure these are the right courses to take?

The IRS recognizes four categories of courses

Tax Law Update CE credits: this is a specific category of tax courses in the IRS system. The course should be labelled "Tax Update" or "Federal Tax Law Update."

Ethics CE credits: this is also a specific category in the IRS reporting system. The course is described as in the "Ethics" category.

Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course: This is a single courses that covers a specific outline of topics prescribed by the IRS. This course has very well-defined testing requirements as well as material.  This course is not accepted for credit for Enrolled Agents, as they are required to take more advanced courses.

Federal Tax Law CE credits: This is a general category for the IRS classification, that includes any Federal Tax law CE course, other than a Tax Update or the Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course.  You can select any of the courses from our Tax Courses sections for your Federal Tax Law CE credits, except the Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course.

question about CE courses required

Questions?  Feel free to call or email us if you are not sure which courses to take.

Yes we report your CE hours to the IRS We do report your CE hours earned to the IRS electronically.  We are an approved IRS CPE provider for Enrolled Agents and Tax Preparers.

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Which courses should I take for AFSP CPE?

As per the rules outlined by the IRS, qualifying Annual Filing Season Program CPE must be in the areas of:

  • Federal Tax Law (all AFSP)
  • Ethics (all AFSP)
  • Tax Law Update (exempt)
  • Annual Federal Tax Refresher/AFTR (non-exempt) This course only available June 1 to December 31 each year.

All FunCPE  tax courses qualify for AFSP Federal Tax Law CPE. Our ethics courses qualify for all required AFSP ethics CE.  *BUT* there are specific tax course requirements depending on whether you are Exempt or Non-Exempt.

You can:

Sign up for a tax package which includes ethics:

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Select your individual courses using the Exempt or Non-Exempt requirements:

FunCPE exams are available online 24/7 to help you meet your CPE requirements on time. 

The Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) 6 hour course is only available June 1 to December 31 of each year, in accordance with IRS requirements.  All courses must be completed by December 31st in order to receive the AFSP designation.