California law requires anyone who prepares tax returns for a fee within the State of California and is not an exempt preparer to register as a tax preparer with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC).
All New CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTP) must...
Complete 60-hours (45 hours • federal and 15 hours state) of qualifying tax education from a CTEC Approved Provider
Pass a background check and live scan
Obtain a PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) from the IRS
Purchase a $5,000 tax preparer bond
Register with CTEC within 18 months from the completion date on the certificate of completion
Registration Fee with CTEC $33
To renew your registration all CRTPs must...
Complete 20-hours (10 hours federal tax law, 3 hours federal tax update, 2 hours of Ethics and 5 hours for State) of continuing tax education each year
Maintain a valid PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) from the IRS
Maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond
Renew the registration by October 31st of each year