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In 2014, the IRS unveiled a new continuing education program for Tax Professionals. This voluntary program, Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP), has been designed by the IRS to offer value added benefits for those Tax Professionals who complete their education.

This course consists of 18 Hours of continuing education and covers a variety of subjects. Tax preparers who complete this program will receive an Annual Filing Season “Record of Completion” and be included in a public database of return preparers on the IRS website. They will also be able to represent their customers in front of the IRS in matters related to professional tax returns you prepare on their behalf.

Utilizing on-demand content, you can complete the work on a schedule that best fits your needs. There is no set time frame to complete the course and you can study or take the test from any computer with an internet connection. Please see course listings below.

Program Name Credits
2023 Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) 6
IRS Practice Series: Conflicts of Interest 2
1040 Preparation and Planning 9: Standard Deduction and Itemized Deductions 2
1040 Preparation and Planning 11: Tax Credits 2
Preparing Form 706 the Federal Estate Tax Return 2
Preparing Form 709 the Federal Gift Tax Return 2
1099 Essentials 2

For more detailed information regarding the IRS Annual Filing Season Program, please click on the following link - https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/annual-filing-season-program.

Please Note: The IRS does not release the current year's content to providers until May. Once released, Refunds Today will update our course material and the IRS AFSP Course will be available starting in June.