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IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)

This is a voluntary program for the 2016 filing season.
It is designed to encourage education and filing season readiness for paid tax return preparers.

The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) will allow unenrolled return preparers to obtain a Record of Completion
when they voluntarily complete a required amount of continuing education (CE), including a course
in basic tax filing issues and updates, an ethics course, and other federal tax law courses.

There are two components to the Annual Filing Season Program for non-exempt participants:
  • 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) (left column)                         
  • 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course (right column)
  • Introductory price for 18 hour Annual Filing Season Program - $99  
Learn more about the AFSP requirements using the WiseGuides AFSP Expert.

Continuing Education (CE)
12 Hour Courses

The Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is primarily directed to unenrolled tax preparers who are not attorneys, CPAs, or Enrolled Agents.

In addition to the 6 hour AFTR course the following courses are required for calendar year 2015 (2016 tax year):
  • 10 hours of federal tax law
  • 2 hours or ethics
Additional continuing education links:

Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR)
6 Hour Course

Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course requirements.

Earn 6 hours of CE after successfully completing the Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course. To earn credit for the AFTR Course, you must pass a 100 question comprehension test with a score of 70%.

AFTR Course comprehension test information.
  • 100 Multiple-Choice Questions.
  • Maximum of 3 hours is allowed to complete the 100-question test.
  • Passing score is 70%.
  • You can make 4 attempts to pass the exam. Most of our customers pass the first time.
  • See who is exempt from taking the AFTR test.
  • AFTR Course Study Tips
  • AFTR Course Content

NOTE. If you already have 12 hours of continuing education you can purchase the 6 hour AFTR course separately for $40.