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CTEC 20 Hour Course

Continuing Education

All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to complete 20 Hours of CTEC Continuing Education and renew their registration by October 31st. Our 20 Hour CTEC Renewal Course (20 hour continuing education) is fully updated with all of the latest federal and state tax laws and is good for both CTEC CE and IRS AFSP CE Credit.

All earned credits will be reported to CTEC and the IRS.

This course is an online “Take at your own pace” interactive video and reading course. You can watch the videos online at your own pace, or if you prefer reading, you can download the PDF which can be read online or printed and read while away from the computer.

24/7 Online Access to our video courses from your Computer, Laptop, Tablet, or even your smartphone. All Exams are Included. Additional Course PDF at no extra cost.
Online Video Course:

24/7 Online Access to our courses from your Computer, Laptop, Tablet, or even your smartphone. All Exams are Included. Additional Course PDF at no extra cost.

Online Video Course + Book Package:

Access to the online course and exams, plus a physical book will be shipped to you that includes all of the same content in the online course. This is great for taking physical notes, highlighting certain topics, and studying while away from the computer.

Course Available To Start 7/9/2022

The 2022-2023 CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education Course is now released and available to start . We will no longer be taking pre-orders. If you already purchased the course, you can now login to your course dashboard and begin taking your course.

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Course Features

CTEC & IRS Approved

California Tax Courses is Approved by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) and the IRS to offer Continuing Education. Our CTEC Provider number is 6280. Our IRS Provider number is HPKCW.

Updated with Latest 2022 Tax Laws 

All of our courses are updated each year to reflect all of the latest tax law changes.

Completion Reported To CTEC In 24 Hours

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.

Fully Online Video Course, Optional Book

Students can purchase the Physical Book Package which includes 24/7 access to the online courses and exam, plus an additional book that is shipped to you that includes all of the online course content, except in physical book format. This is great for taking physical notes, highlighting certain topics, and studying while away from the computer.

Access from computer or smartphone

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.

Instant Enrollment, Instant Test Results

When you purchase the CTEC 20 Hour Course, you will immediately be given access to the course so you can start right away. All exams are automatically graded with instant results, so you're not waiting around for anyone. And don't worry, if you don't pass, you can retake the exam as many times as needed.

Unlimited Attempts At Exam!

Don’t worry if you don’t pass your exam first try, you can re-take it as many times as needed.

School Credentials & Reviews

California Tax Courses is a CTEC & IRS Approved Education Provider. We are also a Proud Member of the Business Consumer Alliance and TrustPilot.

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 of 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and 2022, and the American Rescue Plan Act or 2021, as well as years prior. This course is mainly focused on TY2022 law, but the terminology applied is universal.

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 TY2022. 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 TY2022 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 TY2022 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 TY2022 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.

Federal Tax Law Updates - 3 Hours

1. ​Tax Year 2022

This course covers updates and changes to the tax law for the upcoming TY2022 tax season as outlined mainly inside Rev. Procedures 2021-45. While some attention is given to discussion of the IRS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic; this course primarily covers content outside the adoption of COVID-19-related tax law changes and expirations at the end of TY2021, which is presented in a separate webinar.

2. End of Pandemic Relief, Miscellaneous Changes, and Form 7203 - TY2022

This course covers the expiration of pandemic-era changes to tax law from ARPA, the CARES Act, and the CAA2021 for TY2022. In addition, discussion will be had covering the purported restoration of traditional IRS functionality. This webinar also includes an overview of the new Form 7203 for S Corp basis tracking along with miscellaneous changes to tax law not covered in previous webinars.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you approved by CTEC to offer continuing or qualifying education courses?
Yes, California Tax Courses is approved by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) and the IRS for continuing (CE) and qualifying (QE) 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

Are you approved by the IRS to offer continuing education?
California Tax Courses is an IRS Approved Education Provider. Our IRS Provider number is HPKCW. You can find our company and information listed on the IRS Website at
How do I take your course? Where do I login at?

All of our courses and exams are delivered online. Once you pay for the course, you will automatically receive an email with your login information (check your spam folder if you can’t find it). The course can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or smartphone anywhere you can connect to the internet. You can login at anytime 24/7 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.

Going somewhere for the weekend and want to work on the course while you’re gone. No problem! As long as you have internet access on your device, you can access your course!

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

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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 or go back for a refresher as many times as you’d like. You will also have access to your completion certificate at any time.
I'm interested in becoming a California Tax Preparer, which course should I enroll in?

If you want to prepare taxes for a fee or compensation in the state of California, you are first required to complete a CTEC 60 Hour Qualifying Education tax course. You will also need to complete a series of other steps for CTEC, in order to become a Registered Tax Preparer. Click >HERE< for more information.

What is the deadline to renew with CTEC? When do I need to enroll in and complete the CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course?

The deadline to complete your CTEC Registration Renewal is October 31st. You must have your CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education tax course completed and CTEC fees paid by this date in order to complete your registration renewal. CRTP’s who fail to renew by the October 31st deadline may renew their registration during the late registration period, November 1st thru January 15th, with a late fee payable to CTEC. 2022 the late registration deadline had been extended to January 18th.

If a CRTP did not renew his/her registration by the late renewal of January 18, 2022, he/she will have to retake the 60-hour qualifying education course, complete a criminal background check, and register as a new CRTP.

The 2022/2023 renewal registration cycle for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) starts August 1, 2022 and ends October 31, 2022.  CRTPs who fail to renew by the October 31, 2022 deadline are able to renew their registration during the late registration period, November 1, 2022 thru January 17, 2023 and pay a $55 late fee plus the $33 registration fee, a total of $88.

What is the deadline to complete the CTEC 60 Hour Qualifying Education course? How long will the course take?
There is NO deadline for the 60 hour QE Course. How long it take all depends on you. The course is self-paced.

When you are finished with the 60 hour qualifying education course, complete the remaining steps in the CTEC registration process (click >HERE< for more information). When these steps are done and you receive your certification, from CTEC, you are ready to begin!

You must complete 20 hours of continuing education and pay your renewal fees to CTEC every year in order to stay registered.
How long will it take your school to report my course completion hours to CTEC and the IRS?

California Tax Courses will report their students course completion to CTEC and/or the IRS typically within 1-3 hours, depending on the day and time you complete your course. If your course is completed on the weekend, it will be reported between 9am-1pm Monday morning.

We also stay up late on October 31st and the January late deadline, till midnight to make sure everyone who completes their course last minute has their hours reported before the Midnight deadline. Be sure to pay your fees owed to CTEC in order to complete your registration!

Do you offer refunds?

If you are not completely satisfied with our course, we will offer you a full refund within thirty (30) days of purchasing. No refunds given for group orders or to students who have completed more than one quiz or any final exams.

If you ordered the Online Course Physical Book Package, a full refund can only be given once the physical book has been returned to us. You are responsible for paying the return shipping. A tracking number must be emailed to for all returning books. All physical book returns can be shipped back to the following address:

Vervante Returns
400 N. Geneva Road STE C
Lindon, UT 84042

​If you are requesting a refund please call us at 888-909-6276

Where is your school located?
Because of the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, California Tax Courses delivers its course content exclusively online. Our office is located in Los Angeles.

What are your hours of opertation?

California Tax Courses support team is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm PST.

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