Choosing Your Professional
It is California Law
According to California law anyone who prepares tax returns for a fee and is not an attorney, certified public accountant (CPA), or enrolled agent with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) can be penalize with up to $2500.00
Each CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) is required to completed annual tax education courses and purchase a bond to protect you against fraud. Always check the professional status of the preparer before handing over your tax information.
According to California law, effective January 1, 2005, the Franchise tax Board (FTB) has the authority to identify and penalize unregistered preparers.
If preparers not registered with CTEC are caught illegally preparing returns for a fee, FTB will issue a $2,500 penalty. If preparers fail to comply within 90 days, FTB will issue an additional penalty of $5,000.
What is a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer?
ALL CRTPs must:
*First complete 60 hours of qualifying tax education. *Then complete 20 hours of continuing tax education each year. *Always maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond.
How to Verify A CRTP
Every year CRTPs are given a compliance certificate and registration card showing the current year, their name, and CTEC number (the number always starts with an "A").
You can verify your CRTP's status through CTEC's website www.ctec.org click on "verify a Tax Preparer" or cal (877) 850-2832 Consumers can report unregistered preparers by filling out a "Noncompliant Complaint Form" on CTEC's website www.ctec.org. All reports are kept confidential.
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