Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP)

Fall 2016 testing window: November 1 - December 15, 2016

DEADLINE to register for the Fall 2016 testing window is October 30, 2016

  • ATPs Waived into NEW IRS VOLUNTAry Program!

Accredited Tax Preparers (ATP)  are exempt from taking the Annual Federal Tax Refresher course and exam and qualify for the IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Record of Completion!

Register for the ATP exam this fall and be included in the IRS Directory this tax season!
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The ATP is a leading national credential for tax practitioners who have a thorough knowledge of the existing tax code and the preparation of individual tax returns with an expertise in comprehensive 1040 issues including supporting schedules, self-employed returns, and ethics. 

How do I become ATP accredited & what are the requirements?

To become an Accredited Tax Preparer®, you must pass the ATP examination which is offered twice a year at testing centers around the country. 



About the ATP Exam

The ATP examination is a 100 multiple-choice question exam. Questions on the ATP exam follow a Job Practice Analysis that studies what tax preparers do, how often they perform each task and how important they perceive the task to be. You must score 70% or better to earn the credential. 

Additional information: 

ATP Exam Study Materials:  ATP Prep Course
For a list of specific sub categories, review the ATP exam blueprint
For more information on the ATP credential, review the ACAT Candidate Handbook