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This intermediate self-study online course covers Federal Tax Preparer Ethics and is eligible for 3 hours of CE credits. This is a self-study course with videos, digital workbook, review and a final exam that can be completed at your pace, on your own schedule, and in the comfort of your home.

ETHICS: Avoiding Penalties, Fines, & Prison Time For Tax Pros

what's included in the course

  • 3 hours of continuing education credits

  • Videos

  • Review Exam

  • Final Exam

Course Objective


In this course, you will learn to recognize the penalties that may be imposed on a paid tax preparer for failing to meet ethical and practice standards in preparing tax returns. In addition, you will learn due diligence requirements as a paid tax preparer, and best practices and what to implement in your tax practice to avoid penalties, fines, and prison-based upon Circular 230.


  • Who is the course for

    This course is created for individuals of all levels in the tax industry. Uncredential paid tax pros and EAs are allowed to take this course.

  • When does classes start

    This course starts on the same day that you purchase it. You will have immediate access.

  • Is this course online

    This is an online course. You can access the course at any time.

  • When does the course have to be completed

    The course will need to be completed by December 20th in order to receive continuing education credit.

  • Can the credits for this course counts towards the AFSP

    Yes this is a two-hour ethic course that will satisfy the ethics requirements for the Annual Filing Season Program

Course curriculum

  • 1



    • Circular 230

    • Circular 230 Download

  • 2

    What is a tax preparer & the requirements as a paid tax preparer

    • Lesson 1

    • Video

    • Downloadable Resources and Link

    • Workbook

  • 3

    Best Practices & Requirements as a Paid Tax Pro

    • Part 1

    • Part 2

  • 4

    Review Exam

    • Review Exam

  • 5


    • Evaluation Introduction

    • Evaluation

  • 6

    Final Exam

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