The Internal Revenue Service is urging California tax return preparers to immediately schedule their competency test or risk difficulty finding a date, time or location as the exam deadline nears next year. For most of these, the appropriate test will be the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test.
The Registered Tax Return Preparer test has been available since November 2011. Nationwide, more than 310,000 tax return preparers still need to pass the test before December 31, 2013. Tax professionals who are Enrolled Agents, Certified Public Accountants, and attorneys are exempt from the test, as are certain non-signing preparers and those who do not prepare the Form 1040 series.
The RTRP test is being administered by Prometric, Inc., which has 260 testing sites nationwide.