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20Hr CTEC Renewal Course - 2019

California Registered Tax Preparer Course


 This course is no longer available.


Please Read The Course Description Carefully.

This course is intended to enhance the tax expertise of a California Registered Tax Return Preparer (CRTP). It will completely fulfill the new 2019 CTEC registration requirements for tax practitioners in California.

Pre-requisite. To to take this course you need to be a registered tax preparer in California with a valid CTEC registration I.D. number and a valid IRS issued PTIN. A general working knowledge of individual tax preparation is a plus.

The new course format includes 15 federal hours (10 hours of federal law, 2 hours of ethics law, and 3 hours of law updates) plus 5 California hours. The course is easily formatted to assist you in learning tax law material as well as providing insight to help you solve your client's tax issues. CTEC course number: 1057-CE-0001. The IRS 15 credit hours are defined by a 10-hour program number: 4T3EX-T-00026-19-O. 3-hour program number: 4T3EX-U-00025-19-O. 2-hour program number: 4T3EX-E-00024-19-O.

If you do not pass the first time you can simply re-take the test for FREE. The final test is "open book" with multiple choice questions. The passing grade is 70% or better. If you don't pass the test in two attempts, you may re-take the test after paying a re-take fee; see details below.                   

Notice: Our course policy is that all students must submit the final exam online before January 15, 2020.




Important Course Information

After purchasing and studying the course at your own pace, you must return to our website and submit the final test online. Simply log in to your account and follow the instructions in the Student Center's "Online Tests" link.


How To Purchase

Click on the "Add To Cart" button to add the course to your shopping cart. The cart will lead you through the payment and check-out process, here you can enter any promotional discount codes. If you would like to order the course by mail see "Mail Orders" below.


Order Processing

To complete a purchase you must have an active account with our school, then log-in with your account credentials.  Your account will grant you access to the "Student Center" area of the site. Note that your account uses your CTEC I.D. number and/or email address. Please keep records of your email address and password as you will need them to login to the site. We do not share your email with third parties.


Study Method

Once you have downloaded your study material from the "Student Center" you can start the course immediately. You can move through the course at your own pace, emailing the instructor when you have questions at The exam must be submitted online before January 15, 2020. 


Course Completion

We were the first school to provide CTEC with your education information in real-time for FREE. Students must finish the 20hr exam consisting of 122 questions. Students must achieve a score of 70% or greater in order to be awarded a Certificate of Completion, documenting successful completion of the course with A&B Office Income Tax School. Immediately after you submit your test, you will receive the final score with an email confirmation of your results. You will then be able to print your certificate instantly. To finalize your registration please visit CTEC's website here.



Upon completing the course you will be able to print a "Certificate of Completion." You will have access to it in the Certificate & Documents section of the Student Center.

Additional Service: Includes purchasing a personalized ready to frame certificate of completion (8x11), and your personal test results. You will be able to review and study the questions missed on the test - the cost is $13.99. Email us for more details.


CTEC Reporting

Our school directly and INSTANTLY reports all student certifications to CTEC electronically. This expedited service is valued at $14 and it's FREE to all of our students! After we report your CE hours you must register with CTEC by October 31st. Important: If you don’t not renew by October 31st, your registration will expire and you will not be permitted to prepare taxes. Please read the CTEC guidlines, click here.


Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP): IRS Reporting

Our school reports student credit hours to the IRS for qualification in the AFSP program. This is included with your 20Hr California C.E. course. To learn more about the reporting requirements please Click Here To Learn More. The IRS manages the Annual Filing Season Program and it remains voluntary; more information can be found by visiting the IRS' Annual Filing Season Program page. Our continuing education course must be completed by December 31, 2019 to qualify for IRS accreditation. 


Test Re-Take Fee / Second Opportunity

If you do not pass the online exam you will be given a second opportunity to re-take it. You will immediately get instructions on how to re-take the test by email. If you don't pass the exam twice, a $12.99 processing fee will apply in order to take the test a third and final time. If you don't pass the third test, you will need to buy a new course.


Refund Policy

If the school cancels or discontinues the course, the school will make a full refund of all charges. After the student has completed the course, and the certificate of completion has been issued, the course is officially complete and no refund will be issued. The student has a right to a full refund if he/she cancels the course agreement (in writing) prior to midnight of the tenth (10) CALENDAR day after the course was purchased. If the course was purchased as a correspondence (mail) course, the student has a right to a full refund of all charges less the amount of shipping & handling if he/she cancels this course agreement prior to midnight of the tenth (10) CALENDAR day after the course was mailed. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation or withdrawal after the original material has been returned by the student.


Mail Orders (Hard copy)

The course is available by mail order for those students that need a physical hard copy. There is an additional $26.95 fee for processing and grading the course material. The student must submit the final exam for grading before December, 20, 2019. Note that grading and processing fees are non-refundable.  A hardcopy of this course may not be necessary, the digital PDF version is easy to print at home.


New Tax Bond Purchases: Fax, e-mail, or mail the Bond Application to our office the same day to expedite processing. Important: A&B Office does not renew tax bonds, if you need to renew your current or expiring bond please contact your bond surety company directly. Get the Bond Application here: Bond Application Form


A&B Office Income Tax Training School has been approved by the California Tax Education Council to offer continuing education courses that count as credits towards the annual "continuing education" requirement imposed by the State of California for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers. A listing of additional requirements to register as a tax preparer may be obtained by contacting CTEC at P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA 95812-2890, toll-free by phone at (877)850-2832, or on the Internet at 

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* The 20hr Course + New 1 Year Bond Bundle: Discount is included in price, no promo code needed.

NameItem CodePrice 
20hr Course Online20CE-online-2019$1.00Add to Cart
20hr Course Online + New 1 Year Bond (Bundle)20CE-online-2019 Bond$0.00Add to Cart