Bilingual Annual Filing Season Program

Bilingual Annual Filing Season Program

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CE Credits: 10 Federal Tax Law, 2 Regulatory Ethics, 6 AFTR
Deadline: LTP encourages you to complete this course by December 29th to allow time for reporting credits and any support. The IRS deadline to complete is December 31st*. 

Our Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) qualifies for 18 hours of continuing education needed to earn an AFSP Record of Completion from the IRS. Some of the perks a tax preparer will receive upon completion are: limited representation rights, a certificate directly from the IRS to display, and your name added to the official IRS tax preparer directory. 

To fulfill requirements, you must take the AFTR which consists of a 100 question, 3-hour timed exam and complete it with a score of 70% or better. 

*The IRS deadline to complete this course is December 31st at midnight your local time, however, keep in mind our office closes on 12/31 at 5pm PST | 8pm EST | 6pm MT | 7pm CT. Hours that are completed by the IRS deadline will be reported on the following day.  

How do I obtain an AFSP-Record of Completion?

  • Take a six (6) hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course that covers filing season issues and tax law updates, as well as a knowledge-based comprehension test administered at the end of the course by the CE Provider.
  • Take three (3) hours of other federal tax law topics; and
  • Take two (2) hours of ethics.
  • Have an active preparer tax identification number (PTIN).
  • Consent to adhere to specific practice obligations outlined in subpart B and section 10.51 of Treasury Department Circular No. 230.

    How and when will I get my Record of Completion?

    • After PTIN renewal season begins in October 2021, a Record of Completion will be generated to you once all requirements have been met, including renewal of your PTIN for 2020 and consent to the Circular 230 obligations.
    • If you have an online PTIN account, you will receive an email from with instructions on how to sign the Circular 230 consent and receive your certificate in your online secure mailbox.
    • If you do not have an online PTIN account, you will receive a letter with instructions for completing the application process and obtaining your certificate.

    Who is exempt from taking the AFSP course?

    •  Anyone who passed the RTRP test administered by the IRS between November 2011 and January 2013.
    • Established state-based return preparer program participants with testing (Oregon, California, and Maryland).
    • Those who have passed SEE (Special Enrollment Exam) Part 1 within the past 2 years.
    • VITA/TCE volunteers: quality reviewers and instructors with active PTINs.
    • Other accredited tax-focused credential holders such as the following:
      • The Accreditation Council for Accountancy.
      • Taxation’s Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA).
      • Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP).