Is the $54 fee the total cost for the tax course?
There are no other fees required for this continuing education program, although some students may choose to pay an extra $1.83 for a paper certificate delivered by the U.S. Postal Service (all passing students who pay the $54 course fee will receive a digital certificate by email at no extra charge).
Aside from the transaction with the California Tax School, you should expect to conduct additional and separate transactions with two other organizations:
■ You will need to pay an insurance company for a tax preparer bond (about $25); and
■ You will also need to pay CTEC a $33 registration fee ($88 if you register between November 1 and January 15).
In 2020, the IRS might resume charging a fee to obtain or renew a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). It is not yet known when the IRS will start charging the fee nor the precise amount of the fee. The California Tax School will monitor IRS pronouncements concerning the PTIN fee and will post any updates to this web page and elsewhere on this website.