2024/2025 IRS 18 Hour Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is now available.


Electronic Option - $39.95

Book Option - $69.95

IRS Approved Provider

IRS Publication 5646
On June 26, 2014, the IRS announced on a new continuing education program for tax return preparers starting in the 2015 filing season. Meet the requirements by obtaining 18 hours of specific continuing education and you will receive an Annual Filing Season Program – Record of Completion from the IRS. The course must consist of the following:

  • 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course with comprehension exam
  • 2 hours Ethics & Professional Conduct
  • 10 hours Federal Taxation

The 6 hour AFTR comprehension test must be taken online at www.GSTTI.com, has a time limit of 3 hours and must be finished within that time. It contains 100 multiple choice questions and a score of 70% is required to pass. The exam is open book so you will be allowed to refer to the course materials to answer the questions. If you do not pass the 6 hour comprehension exam, you will be allowed to re-take it again at no additional cost (IRS allows 2 chances to meet the passing requirement). The remaining 12 credit hours are traditional self-study course and not subject to any time limitations.

This new program aims to recognize the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. AFSP participants will also be included in a public database of return preparers scheduled to launch on the IRS website by January 2015. Also, beginning in 2016, AFSP Record holders will have limited representation rights, meaning they can represent clients whose returns they prepared and signed.

Golden State Tax Training Institute has built a course using our 40 years of Tax Training experience. Our program is fully contained and includes all forms, tax tables and information needed. We are an IRS Approved Education Provider (IRS Approved Providers) and your satisfaction is always 100% Guaranteed!

What does the IRS 18 Hour AFSP Course Includes?

  • Everything is included
  • IRS approved 3 hour timed exam
  • IRS approved 12 hours traditional self study course work
  • Course materials
  • Exam
  • Grading your course
  • Certificate emailed to you
  • IRS Notification – credits appear in PTIN account

How is the IRS 18 Annual Filing Season Program Course delivered & what is the cost?

Electronic Option - $39.95

Order online, study course materials (PDF) online and take the 18 Hour Continuing Education online

Book Option - $69.95

Order online or by phone, study course materials sent to you by USPS, take the 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course online and take the 12 Hour Continuing Education Exams on paper or online. When ordering the book option, by default you get access to the Electronic Option.

* - Guarantee on Continuing Education is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase or until an exam has been taken.  We will refund the purchase price minus our shipping and handling costs.