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Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test (RTRP)

The IRS requires all paid tax preparers to register with the IRS, to obtain a PTIN, and for those preparers who are not CPAs, attorneys, EAs, supervised preparers or non-1040 preparers to pass a competency exam, and a tax compliance and suitability check. When the preparer has successfully fulfilled these two requirements, he or she will be considered a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP). All preparers who have obtained a Provisional PTIN before April 18, 2012, will have until December 31, 2013 to pass the RTRP competency test. After the April 18, 2012 date passes, paid preparers will not be issued a PTIN until they have passed the competency exam and background check. [More]