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California law requires anyone who prepares tax returns for a fee and is not an exempt preparer to register as a tax preparer with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). Exempt preparers are California certified public accountants (CPAs), enrolled agents (EAs), attorneys who are members of the State Bar of California, and certain specified banking or trust officials.
See the table below for more information.
The individual tax preparer is responsible for completing the registration requirement whether or not the employer provided or paid for a surety bond and CTEC registration. The unregistered tax preparer is personally liable for any penalties, not the employer.
You must renew your registration with CTEC annually to legally prepare income tax returns. Go to ctec.org for complete information and requirements.
If you fail to renew your CTEC registration by January 15 of the following year, we consider you a new tax preparer and subject to the new preparer registration requirements. For additional information, go to ctec.org