Accredited Tax Preparer



The Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) credential is a recognized mark of excellence and indicates that you have met the high standards set by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). Representing 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.This credential can enhance your credibility with clients, employers, and other professionals in the tax industry.  

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

Recognitions and Exemptions

Annual Filing Season Program Record (AFSP)

ATP 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


Taking the ATP Exam
Candidates are given 3 hours to complete 100 multiple choice questions. Exams are administered via computer based exam at Meazure Testing Centers within the US or vis Live Remote Proctoring (LRP). Before opting to take the exam through LOP please carefully read the hardware/software requirements document Linked here.  

ACAT's testing partner, Meazure offers close to 1,000 proctored testing locations. Of the top 100 U.S. cities by population, 99% of candidates are within 15 miles of a testing center. 

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To view a demonstration of the online test delivery system, please view this free sample test. Please note: The content of the sample examination does not include content from the actual examination.

Exam Candidates are encouraged to review the exam outline.



The ATP Prep Course
The ATP Prep Course is written by leading CPAs, EAs, tax law, and ethics experts and published by the National Society of Accountants (NSA). This course covers 1040 individual taxation and ethics. Each chapter includes reference materials and review questions with answers and explanations.

Exam Candidates are encouraged to review the exam outline to identify any areas where they may need to seek additional knowldge.

Course Sample


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 ATP must be at least 18 years of age. There are no educational requirements to sit for the exam or to
 hold the ATP credential.