by David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator
Beginning January 1, 2011, all paid preparers must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number. Existing PTIN holders must pass a competency exam by the end of 2013. Attorneys, Certified Public Accounts and Enrolled Agents are exempt from the testing requirement. In addition to a competency exam, IRS Registered Tax Return Preparers will be required to take continuing education in the future.
OSU Extension and the OSU Income Tax School Program are pleased to announce that we will be offering assistance for individuals who are preparing to take the new Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) competency test in 2012. We will be offering two educational options to help tax practitioners prepare for these tests.
The first available option is a study at home option. Through a partnership with Fast Forward Academy, participants can study at home and access an on-line test bank of questions. The cost of the at home materials is $99 for the study guide and access to a 200 question test bank or $179 for the study guide and access to a 700 question test bank and unlimited practice exams.
The second option is to attend one of four one-day preparatory workshops across Ohio in August & September. These workshops will be held on:
OSU Extension Office (Bowling Green, OH)- August 28, 2012
Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center (Powell, OH)- August 29, 2012
Kings Island Conference Center (Mason, OH)- September 5, 2012
Geauga County Extension Office (Burton, OH)- September 6, 2012
Learn from our great OSU and IRS Instructors at these workshops and get the study materials and on-line test bank as a bonus. There are three registrations options for the workshop. The first is $100 for the day long preparatory workshop only. The second option is $199 which includes the workshop, study guide and access to the 200 question test bank. The third option is $279 which includes the day long preparatory workshop, study guide, access to a 700 question test bank and unlimited practice exams.
The workshops are approved by the IRS Return Preparer Office for 8 hours of CE credit in the category of “RTRP Test Preparation.” Lunch, program handouts, FastForward Study Guide, on-line test bank, and refreshments are included.
Registration must be completed (postmarked or via web) by midnight, August 15. There is an additional $20 late registration fee. Registration is available on-line at: http://go.osu.edu/RTRP . More information can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-576-9008.