Online Opportunities for Continuing Education Credits

If you have not been able to attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums in person this year, there is still time to go online and earn your Continuing Education credits before the December 31 deadline.  IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online offers courses based on the recorded seminar lectures and presentations from previous forums. The courses can be audited for free or purchased for fulfillment of your yearly credit requirements.

How does it work?

To receive credits, you will need to create a user account at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online. Visit the FAQ for details on how to register. Once you create an account, a variety of courses are available on a range of topics designed to help you serve both individual taxpayers and business entities. Each continuing education credit costs $49 through Paypal, and there is no additional charge for repeating the course. Note that you will not receive extra credit for repeating a seminar.

What courses are offered?

Here are the new course topics available for 2019:

  • Advocating for a Client: Correct errors on a return or request an audit reconsideration
  • Advocating for Taxpayers: How the Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you and your clients
  • Backup Withholding and Employment Tax Implications
  • Dealing with Disasters
  • Diligence in Practice before the IRS: Conducting it timely and consistently
  • Electronic Filing Identification Number Security Responsibilities
  • Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: Helping you and your clients steer clear of the latest frauds and swindles
  • Learn the Facts about IRS Due Diligence
  • One Year Later: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Due Diligence Update
  • Retirement Plan Distributions
  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Qualified Business Income Deduction and Opportunity Zones
  • Understanding the Circular 230 Disciplinary Process
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers: “Who, what, where, and how of ITIN’s”
  • 2019 Tax Changes: From a tax forms perspective

How are CECs managed?

When creating your account, make sure your name and Preparer Tax Identification Number are entered exactly as they are on file in the IRS PTIN system. This ensures that the IRS Return Preparer Office can accept your course completion certifications and issue the appropriate credits. Log in to your online PTIN account to see a display of the CE programs you’ve completed that have been reported to the IRS. It is important to complete email verification for your PTIN account. Doing so ensures that you have access to review questions, the final examination, and a record of your CE credits.

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