According to an article in Accounting Today, Beginning in calendar year 2012, all Registered Tax Return Preparers and RTRP candidates must obtain 15 hours of continuing education annually. The programs should include two hours of ethics, three of federal tax law updates and ten of other federal tax law. RTRPS should:
1. Attend a program from the IRS’s list of approved CE providers;
2. Give the provider your correctly spelled name and PTIN, double-checking that the PTIN you provide matches the PTIN in your welcome letter or online PTIN account; and,
3. Know that CE programs attended will not immediately show up in your online PTIN account.