Pronto Tax School

Month: September 2012

What to Do If Your CTEC Registration Has Expired

Important 2012 Changes to the CTEC Re-Registration Process if Your CTEC Registration Has Been “Archived”

For 2012, we have witnessed an important change to the process of the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) with regard to CTEC-registered tax preparers whose registration has been “archived” (a.k.a. expired) due to the lack of completion of the 20 hour CTEC continuing education requirement. For instance, let’s say that you were registered as a tax preparer with CTEC for the 2010 fiscal year, but then you did not complete a 20 hour course for 2011, or perhaps your education provider did not report your 20 hours properly to CTEC.

In these situations, CTEC will “archive” the tax preparer registration, meaning that the tax preparer is no longer actually registered with CTEC.

A tax preparer who is not registered with CTEC can face fines from $2,500-$5,000 per tax return prepared without CTEC registration, so this is certainly a very serious issue if your CTEC registration has expired and you are still doing taxes for pay in California. Believe it or not, we have had quite a few calls over the past year on our CTEC phone hotline 310-422-1283 from students who were not aware that their CTEC registration had expired. Unfortunately, many preparers may be operating with expired CTEC registration without their knowledge.


Tax Preparer Burn Out: How to Cope with the Inevitable

Tax Preparer Burn Out: How to Cope with the Inevitable

By Tim Frye

For those of you future preparers who plan on being super successful—and who doesn’t plan on that?—you should also plan on being super-burned-out once tax season ends.

Experiencing that “I never want to see another tax return for as long as I live” feeling is part of being a tax preparer and certainly every successful tax preparer faces this challenge.

burnt out tax preparer 

When that end-of-tax-season burn-out sets in, you better have a concrete plan of how to deal with it or you could fall into that clinical abyss known as: tax season hangover.

This article contains a few suggestions for dealing with the inevitable tax preparer burn-out.

Renew CTEC Live In-Person Tax Preparer Class in West Los Angeles – October 2012 – by Pronto Tax School

20 Hour CTEC Continuing Education Class for California Tax Preparers October 2nd through October 23rd 2012 (Tuesday Nights 4pm to 9pm) Location: West Los Angeles Office of Pronto Income Tax Pronto Income Tax West LA Office4501 S. Centinela Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90066Map / Directions Class topics: October 2nd: Federal and State Tax Update October 9th: […]

The Truth About Money

The Truth About Money

When people have perpetual financial issues, it’s usually a case of a long standing and overall poor relationship with money. The art of changing that requires a mindset shift which leads to a new and healthier mental approach. Better thinking translates to better attitudes. New behaviors are then formed and positive results follow.

Please take a few moments to contemplate the ideas contained within the quote below. Read it at least a couple of times:

“You have much more opportunity to earn more money than you do to ‘not spend’ money, and yet most people spend hours upon hours clipping coupons and perusing daily deal sites instead of brainstorming how to earn more money and solve people’s problems.” – Susan Fujii, Kung-Fu Finance  

Do Any Tax Companies Pay You to Take a Tax Class?

Do Any Tax Companies Pay You to Take a Tax Class?

If you take a tax course to become a tax preparer (such as Pronto Tax Class), do you ever get paid training to take the class? This is the kind of question that a potential new tax preparer might ask if he or she is thinking about working at one of the seasonal tax preparation chains. The answer is that, as of now, no tax course will pay you to take the actual course.

But at some point that may change and it may become possible to get paid to go to tax class to become a tax preparer.