This is the only spot online where CTEC Registered Tax Preparers can get together and discuss topics relating to California and Federal Tax Laws. You are welcome to ask questions at any time. Don’t forget to answer questions either, always give back to the community. Lastly, to keep things fun, we host Giveaway Events here (sponsored by different CTEC Approved Tax Education Schools) where you can win prizes like “Lifetime Access To CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course” and so much more.


ICTEC Approved Qualifying Education

f you want to learn everything there is to know about tax preparation and become a CRTP (CTEC Registered Tax Preparer), this course will fulfill your knowledge and CTEC requirements


CTEC Approved Continuing Education

For existing CRTP’s that need to complete their CTEC and IRS Approved 20 Hours of Continuing Education by October 31st, this course will fulfill those requirements


Tax Course Central is a CTEC Approved Education Provider. Upon completion of your CTEC course, we will submit your information to the California Tax Education Council (CTEC), and depending on which CTEC course you’ve completed, you’ll then be able to either register or renew with CTEC.


If you have more than three people purchasing any of our courses together, give us a call at or send us an email at [email protected] to receive a group discount offer30


Tax Course Central now offers Audio Courses for all CTEC and IRS Approved Tax Courses. You will still receive access to the default course page with text and online exams, except you’ll also be able to listen to the course via audiobook format.


We give students unlimited time to complete their CTEC courses as well as unlimited attempts to pass their CTEC course exams, so if you don’t pass on the first attempt, that’s okay, you can take it again. And we do not charge extra fees to retake your exams.

Do I need to take CTEC courses ?

If you wish to prepare taxes for a fee in the state of California, then you are required by state law to register with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). In order to register with CTEC, one must complete 60 hours of CTEC Approved Qualifying Education, and 20 hours of CTEC Approved Continuing Education by October 31st of every year. If you want to just prepare your own taxes, you do not need to take CTEC courses.

Do I need to take 20 hours of Continuing Education by 10/31 even if I just finished the 60 hour course in the same year?

Yes, if you registered with CTEC after completing your 60 hour tax course, then you will be required to renew your CTEC registration and have 20 hours of continuing education completed before October 31st. All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to pay the $33 Renewal Fee with CTEC and have 20 hours of continuing education completed by October 31st every year.

If you fail to complete the 20 hours of C.E. or renew by October 31st, you’ll be required to pay a $55 late fee, and you will have until January 15th to complete your 20 hours of C.E. If you have not completed your 20 hours of C.E. by January 15th, you will be required to retake the CTEC 60 hour course and restart the registration process with CTEC.

Are your courses approved by CTEC & the IRS ?

Yes, both 60 and 20 hour courses are approved by CTEC (California Tax Education Council) and the IRS. You can find our company listed here –

I forgot to renew with CTEC , do I need to take the 60 hour course again ?

Yes, if you forgot to take the 20 hour continuing education course and/or forgot to renew with CTEC by the January 15th final deadline, CTEC will require you to re start the entire registration process, which includes retaking the 60 hour qualifying education course.

Are your CTEC courses up to date ?

Absolutely. All of our courses are updated annually with any new tax laws and regulations that come out.

What makes your course better than others ?

What sets us apart from everyone else is the practicality we’ve integrated into our courses. We’ve made the course extremely user friendly for those who are not that familiar with computers. All you have to do to start the course is simply enter your username and password, and you’re in! There’s no complicated PDF forms or test answers you need to print and mail in, everything is done on our website.

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