Accredited Tax Preparer

ACAT Step 1

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The Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) is a leading national credential for practitioners who have thorough knowledge of the existing tax code and the preparation of individual tax returns. Their expertise covers comprehensive 1040 issues, including supporting schedules, self-employed returns and ethics.

To become an ATP, you must pass the 100 question ATP examination which is offered twice a year at testing centers around the country. Exam Information

Recognitions and Exemptions

Annual Filing Season Program Record (AFSP)

ABA credential holders for the IRS’s Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion without taking the Annual Refresh Course and Annual Exam.
More about the AFSP

Experience Requirements

ACAT seeks to ensure that all accredited individ­uals possess theoretical knowledge and the practical knowledge necessary to be successful practitioners.
Candidates for the ABA must be at least 18 years of age. There are no educational requirements to sit for the exam or to
 hold the ATP credential.