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CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education Course

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Course Features

CTEC & IRS Approved
Fully Online Video Course With PDF
Covers All Latest 2020-2021 Tax Law Changes You Should Know
Instant Enrollment, Instant Test Results!
Access course 24/7 from a computer, tablet, or smartphone
We Report Your Hours To CTEC and the IRS within 24 hours!
Course Updated With Latest Tax Law Updates & Changes
Unlimited Attempts At The Exam!
24/7 Student Support Available Via Phone, Live Chat, and Email
Questions before enrolling? Call us at (888) 909-6276

CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course

All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to complete 20 Hours of CTEC Continuing Education annually, by October 31st. Our 20 hour continuing education course is fully updated with all of the latest federal and state tax laws. The course is 100% done online at your own pace. Upon completion, we will report your 20 hours of C.E. to the California Tax Education Council (CTEC).

Online Video & PDF $59.95
Unlimited Online Access to the CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course. Includes Unlimited Access To Online Video Course and PDF’s. Unlimited Test Attempts.

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Online Video & PDF + Audio File – $84.95
Everything in the Basic Package, plus access to the Audio Version of the course which can be downloaded or listened to via a computer, smartphone, or mp3 player.

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15 Hours of Federal Tax Law Topics

Federal Income Tax Law Topics covered in this course include the following: Business Expenses, Deductions, Types of Income, Income Forms and Reporting, Self Employment Taxes, TCJA Compared and Contrasted, Tax Law Updates for 2021, Stimulus Information, and Ethics.

5 Hours of California Tax Law Topics

California Income Tax Law Topics covered in this course include the following: California Residency and Filing Requirements, Understanding the Form 540, Conformity to Federal Tax Law and Schedule CA, Electronic Filing, Payments, and CTEC Registration.

Access your course from a Computer and or Phone

Our CTEC Approved courses can all be accessed online via a computer, laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. As long as you have internet access on your device, you can access your course! Courses are available 24/7 to be taken at your own pace. All progress is tracked and saved, so you can log off and return to where you left off.

Courses Delivered in Video Format and/or PDF

Our course content is delivered in online video lecture format with available PDF’s to download or print so you can follow along with the video or study while away from the computer. Our courses are not Live Lectures, so you can pause and rewind at anytime. All progress is tracked and saved so if you log off, you won’t lose your place.

Learn Online at your own Pace

All of our courses can be taken at your own pace. There are no time limits to complete the course. All progress is tracked and saved, so you can log off at anytime and return later to where you left off.

We Report Your Course Completion To CTEC

We know how important it is that your hours are reported to CTEC in order for you to renew your CTEC Registration. We make sure all students course completions are reported directly to CTEC within 3 days. Typically your hours will be reported within 24 hours, but can take up to three (3) days. You can request for your hours to be reported quicker by reaching out to our support team via email, phone, or live chat.

15 Hours of Federal Tax Law Topics

Federal Income Tax Law Topics covered in this course include the following: Business Expenses, Deductions, Types of Income, Income Forms and Reporting, Self Employment Taxes, TCJA Compared and Contrasted, Tax Law Updates for 2020, Stimulus Information, and Ethics.

5 Hours of California Tax Law Topics

California Income Tax Law Topics covered in this course include the following: California Residency and Filing Requirements, Understanding the Form 540, Conformity to Federal Tax Law and Schedule CA, Electronic Filing, Payments, and CTEC Registration.

Access your course from a Computer and or Phone

All of our courses can be accessed 24/7 on your computer, laptop, tablet, or even smartphone!

Courses delivered in Video Format with PDF Handouts

Our course content is delivered in video lecture format with available PDF’s to download or print so you can follow along with the video.

Learn Online at your own Pace

All of our courses can be taken at your own pace. There are no time limits to complete the course.

We Report Your Course Completion To CTEC

Once you’ve completed and passed your CTEC course, we will report your completion to CTEC within 3 days.

Course Outline & Learning Objectives

Federal Tax Law 10 Hours

1. Basic Tax Overview

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the fundamental principles of individual taxation, and to explain the concepts behind the structure of the tax system. This course covers explanations and clarifications of terms as well as an overview of the forms contained in the 1040 Series of returns. This will cover terms used throughout the history of the tax law, including pre- and post-Act passage of the TCJA for TY2019 / TY2021, as well as years prior

2. Income Explained

This course – one in our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the explanation and taxability of income in individual tax returns as they apply to TY2021. Special emphasis will be placed on taxable and nontaxable income categories as well as explanations of differing tax requirements with all types of income.

3. Income Forms & Reporting

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the various reporting forms used to indicate to the taxpayer and the IRS what type and amount of income is contained within the taxpayer’s records as it pertains to TY2021 returns. Example forms will be provided, along with explanations of the necessary subordinate reporting forms and schedules needed to place the income properly on a tax return.

4. Filing Statuses & Requirements

This course – one in our “Understanding the Principals of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the various rules and exceptions to the rules in regards to the filing requirements and filing statuses for Form 1040 series returns. In addition to covering the basics of who needs to file and how they need to file; extra care will be given to the “exceptions to the rule” and what income/tax requirements may trigger a need to file versus when a return is not required. This topic will cover TY2021 tax law, but can be almost universally applied to any tax year currently under normal statutory limits.

5. Dependents

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover claiming dependents and will highlight the numerous effects of dependents on the return, from intersectionality with filing status to the numerous credits available. This course covers TY2021 law, with some discussion on prior year tax treatment.

6. Recordkeeping

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the rules and requirements for recordkeeping while operating as a tax practitioner. This will touch on both general IRS rules and specific rules outlined in Circular 230.2018.

Federal Tax Law Updates 3 Hours

1. ​Calendar Dates, COVID-19 Laws, and Stimulus Payments

The emergence of the international response to the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID-19, has worldwide impact, especially in the United States. Within the US, a national emergency was declared under the Stafford Act on March 13th, 2020. In this webinar, we will highlight the legal impacts in regards to filing and due dates, changes or additions to existing tax and enforcement law, and – finally – the much-anticipated “stimulus” payments recently authorized in the CARES Act of 2020 which was signed into law on March 27th, 2020. This webinar is worth one (1) credit in the Federal Tax Law Updates category and is considered at the Overview / Beginner level in difficulty.

2. Tax Year 2020

This course covers updates and changes to the tax law for the upcoming TY2021 tax season as outlined mainly inside Rev. Procedures 2019-44 and 2019-46. While some attention is given to discussion of the IRS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic; this course primarily covers content prior to the adoption of COVID-19-related tax law changes.

Ethics 2 Hours

1. Digestible Circular 230

This course will cover Treasury Circular No. 230; The comprehensive guide to identifying who can practice before the IRS and in what capacity. It will also cover how to operate with due diligence individually and for your firm as well as how to avoid practitioner penalties. We will also touch on how to properly maintain your license to practice. This lesson will break down the important topics covered in Circular 230 into easy to understandable language and use practical examples to make application of the topics relevant to you and your practice.

California Tax Law 5 Hours

1. ​In-Depth Schedule CA and More

This course covers California and Federal tax law conformity. Expansive discussion and illustration of topics covering the completion of the Schedule CA.

Course Outline & Learning Objectives

Federal Tax Law 10 Hours

1. Basic Tax Overview

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the fundamental principles of individual taxation, and to explain the concepts behind the structure of the tax system. This course covers explanations and clarifications of terms as well as an overview of the forms contained in the 1040 Series of returns. This will cover terms used throughout the history of the tax law, including pre- and post-Act passage of the TCJA for TY2019 / TY2021, as well as years prior

2. Income Explained

This course – one in our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the explanation and taxability of income in individual tax returns as they apply to TY2021. Special emphasis will be placed on taxable and nontaxable income categories as well as explanations of differing tax requirements with all types of income.

3. Income Forms & Reporting

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the various reporting forms used to indicate to the taxpayer and the IRS what type and amount of income is contained within the taxpayer’s records as it pertains to TY2021 returns. Example forms will be provided, along with explanations of the necessary subordinate reporting forms and schedules needed to place the income properly on a tax return.

4. Filing Statuses & Requirements

This course – one in our “Understanding the Principals of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the various rules and exceptions to the rules in regards to the filing requirements and filing statuses for Form 1040 series returns. In addition to covering the basics of who needs to file and how they need to file; extra care will be given to the “exceptions to the rule” and what income/tax requirements may trigger a need to file versus when a return is not required. This topic will cover TY2021 tax law, but can be almost universally applied to any tax year currently under normal statutory limits.

5. Dependents

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover claiming dependents and will highlight the numerous effects of dependents on the return, from intersectionality with filing status to the numerous credits available. This course covers TY2021 law, with some discussion on prior year tax treatment.

6. Recordkeeping

This course – one of our “Understanding the Principles of Individual Taxation” series – will cover the rules and requirements for recordkeeping while operating as a tax practitioner. This will touch on both general IRS rules and specific rules outlined in Circular 230.2018.

Federal Tax Law Updates 3 Hours

1. ​Calendar Dates, COVID-19 Laws, and Stimulus Payments

The emergence of the international response to the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID-19, has worldwide impact, especially in the United States. Within the US, a national emergency was declared under the Stafford Act on March 13th, 2020. In this webinar, we will highlight the legal impacts in regards to filing and due dates, changes or additions to existing tax and enforcement law, and – finally – the much-anticipated “stimulus” payments recently authorized in the CARES Act of 2020 which was signed into law on March 27th, 2020. This webinar is worth one (1) credit in the Federal Tax Law Updates category and is considered at the Overview / Beginner level in difficulty.

2. Tax Year 2020

This course covers updates and changes to the tax law for the upcoming TY2021 tax season as outlined mainly inside Rev. Procedures 2019-44 and 2019-46. While some attention is given to discussion of the IRS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic; this course primarily covers content prior to the adoption of COVID-19-related tax law changes.

Ethics 2 Hours

1. Digestible Circular 230

This course will cover Treasury Circular No. 230; The comprehensive guide to identifying who can practice before the IRS and in what capacity. It will also cover how to operate with due diligence individually and for your firm as well as how to avoid practitioner penalties. We will also touch on how to properly maintain your license to practice. This lesson will break down the important topics covered in Circular 230 into easy to understandable language and use practical examples to make application of the topics relevant to you and your practice.

California Tax Law 5 Hours

1. ​In-Depth Schedule CA and More

This course covers California and Federal tax law conformity. Expansive discussion and illustration of topics covering the completion of the Schedule CA.

Have questions before enrolling? Give us a call at (888) 909-6276

Frequestion Asked Questions

Are You Approved By CTEC To Offer Continuing & Qualifying Education?

California Tax Courses is approved by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) and the IRS for continuing education. Our CTEC provider number is 6280 and our IRS Provider number is HPKCW. You can view our company listed on the CTEC website at https://www.ctec.org/ApprovedEducationProviders?nav=tax-professionals.

Are You Approved By The IRS To Offer Continuing Education?

California Tax Courses is an IRS Approved Education Provider. You can find our company and information listed on the IRS Website at https://www.ceprovider.us/public/default/listing

How Can I Take Your Course?

All of our courses are delivered online and can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can login at anytime and take your course at your own pace. Your progress is automatically saved when you log out or leave the website, so you can resume from where you left off when you log back in.

Our online courses are all in Video format with PDF slides that you can download and use to follow along with.

How Long Will I Have Access To Your Courses?

You will always have full access to your ctec tax course, even after you’ve completed it. This means you can retake your courses as many times as you’d like.

I'm interested in becoming a Tax Preparer, which course will I need to take?

If you want to prepare taxes for a fee or compensation in the state of California, you are first required to complete a CTEC Approved 60 Hour Qualifying Education tax course.

When is the deadline to complete my CTEC 20 Hour CE Course?

The deadline to complete your CTEC Registration Renewal is October 31st, so you must have your CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education tax course completed by this date in order to complete your registration renewal.

How long does it take your company to report my hours to CTEC and/or the IRS?

California Tax Courses will report their students course completion to CTEC and/or the IRS within three business days from the time of course completion.

Do you offer refunds?

Absolutely, if you are not satisfied with your course you can request a full refund as long as it has not been more than 5 days from the time of purchase, or more than 50% of the course is completed.

Where are you located?

California Tax Courses delivers its course content exclusively online and does not have a physical location.

What are your hours of operation?

California Tax Courses support team is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm PST.

HELPFUL GUIDES AND HOW-TO'S

How to become a Tax Preparer in California - Step by step guide

Learn all of the steps involved in becoming a Tax Preparer in the state of California in this step by step tutorial.

How to Renew your CTEC Registration - Step by step guide

Learn how to renew your registration with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) annually by October 31st in this step by step tutorial.

Requirements To Renew Your CTEC Registration

1. Complete a CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education Course from a CTEC Approved Education Provider.
The course should include 15 hours of federal tax law topics and 5 hours of California tax law topics.

2. Renew your PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) Number with the IRS each year.
You can renew your PTIN number for free by going to https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/mainMenuUSIRS.do.

3. Maintain a $5,000 Tax Preparer Bond
You can purchase tax preparer bonds from many different places online, and they typically cost anywhere in between $25 and $40.

4. Renew your registration and pay the $33 annual registration before October 31 of each year.
You can renew your CTEC Registration by going to CTEC.org. You cannot renew your registration until the first three steps have been completed. If you renew your registration after October 31st, a $55 dollar late fee will be applied

Requirements To Renew Your CTEC Registration

1. Complete a CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education Course from a CTEC Approved Education Provider.
The course should include 15 hours of federal tax law topics and 5 hours of California tax law topics.

2. Renew your PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) Number with the IRS each year.
You can renew your PTIN number for free by going to https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/mainMenuUSIRS.do.

3. Maintain a $5,000 Tax Preparer Bond
You can purchase tax preparer bonds from many different places online, and they typically cost anywhere in between $25 and $40.

4. Renew your registration and pay the $33 annual registration before October 31 of each year.
You can renew your CTEC Registration by going to CTEC.org. You cannot renew your registration until the first three steps have been completed. If you renew your registration after October 31st, a $55 dollar late fee will be applied

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