Important: This bundle is designed for California Tax Preparers with an “Existing and Active” CTEC ID, if you do not have an Existing and Active CTEC ID, please do not purchase this bundle.
20-Hour CTEC Annual CE Bundle (fulfills annual requirements for October 31, 2023)
This bundle fulfills the continuing education requirement set by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) which requires 5 State hours, 3 Tax Update hours, 10 Tax Law hours, and 2 Ethics hours. When purchasing this bundle, your account will be enrolled in the following 7 courses:
- (5 credits) 2023 California State Tax 5 hours Continuing Education
- (3 credits) Federal Income Tax Changes – 2023
- (3 credits) Home Office Deduction
- (3 credits) Keeping Taxpayer Data Secure
- (2 credits) Real Estate Taxes
- (2 credits) Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency
- (2 credits) Ethics
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Course 1: 2023 California State Tax 5 hours Continuing Education
This course offers 5 Hours of Continuing Education regarding California State Taxes. Credits for this course count towards the State’s annual CE requirement for the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). Students taking this course will already have an existing CTEC ID. If you do not have an existing CTEC ID, you will first need to obtain one from CTEC.org before taking this course.
Course 2: Federal Income Tax Changes – 2023
Each year, various limits affecting income tax preparation and planning change. Some changes commonly occur each year as a result of inflation indexing, while others occur because of new legislation or the sunsetting of existing law. This course will examine those tax changes that are more significant from the perspective of an income tax preparer. Some context will be supplied, as appropriate, to assist readers in understanding the changes. This is a basic tax course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 3 CE credits in the IRS Federal Tax Law Updates category.
Course 3: Home Office Deduction
Each year the U.S. Census Bureau publishes what it refers to as nonemployer statistics that may provide information about the increased importance of the business use of taxpayers’ homes. A “nonemployer,” for purposes of the statistics, is defined as a business that has no paid employees, has annual business receipts of at least $1,000 and is subject to federal income taxes. These nonemployers may be organized as corporations, partnerships or sole proprietorships. Because they have no paid employees, nonemployers are more likely than others to operate their businesses from their homes and seek a home office tax deduction.
The data supplied on nonemployers show a generally increasing number of these businesses, from a total of 19.5 million in 2004 to 26.5 million in 2018. Although they have no paid employees, they account for significant receipts. In 2004 they produced receipts of $887 billion; by 2018, those receipts had grown to $1.3 trillion. Clearly, the likelihood that any tax return preparer will be required to prepare a taxpayer’s tax return with a home office deduction is significant and is becoming more likely each year. This is a basic tax course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 3 CE credits in the IRS Federal Tax Law category.
- Identify current information related to transportation expenses.
- Recognize what travel expenses are deductible.
- Identify the deductibility of non-entertainment-related meals and entertainment expenses.
The annual global cost of cybercrime is high and getting higher all the time. In fact, cyber criminals reap a windfall from their activities that is likely to be in the trillions. Almost all of that cybercrime began with—and continues to start with—a social engineering concept known as “phishing.”
Certain business organizations, among which are those referred to as “financial institutions,” are charged by the FTC with taking particular steps to protect their customers’ financial information. Included in the category of financial institutions are professional tax preparers. Professional tax preparers normally maintain a significant amount of taxpayer information in various files—electronic and paper—that would be a treasure trove for cyber criminals.
In this course, tax preparers are introduced to the problem of cybercrime and its costs, offered methods that can be expected to reduce the chances of becoming a cybercrime victim, and informed of proper steps to take if they do become victims of cybercrime. This course is a basic tax level course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 3 CE credits in IRS Federal Tax Law.
- •Recognize the pervasiveness of cybercrime;
•Identify the potential costs of experiencing a data breach;
•Understand the best practices that may be implemented to protect a tax preparer from cybercrime; and
•List the responsibilities of a tax preparer who has experienced a taxpayer data breach.
This self-study courses discusses important tax implications of selling a home, as well as the investment of a second home for personal or rental purposes. This is a Basic tax course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 2 CE credit in IRS Federal Tax Law.
- To recognize the tax rules that apply when an individual sells his or her main home
- To identify some of the tax implications of owning a second home, whether or not for rental purposes
Virtual currency use is increasing, and roughly 3 in 10 Americans younger than age 30 indicate they have invested in, traded, or used a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. As a result, tax preparers are more likely than ever to encounter clients who have engaged in one or more virtual currency transactions during the year and who may have taxable income as a result. Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency briefly discusses the nature of virtual currency, how transactions in virtual currency occur and are recorded, and the tax treatment to which they are subject. This is a basic tax course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 2 CE credits in the IRS Federal Tax Law category.
- Describe virtual currency;
- Explain how central bank digital currency (CBDC) is used;
- Recognize how stablecoins differ from unbacked cryptocurrency;
- Describe how virtual currency networks maintain security; and
- Recognize how blockchain is employed with respect to virtual currency transactions.
- Calculate the adjusted cost basis of virtual currency that is purchased, mined, or received as a gift;
- Calculate the adjusted cost basis of virtual currency that is Apply existing tax law to transactions involving virtual currency;
- Describe the tax treatment of virtual currency given as a charitable gift; and
- Recognize the tax treatment given virtual currency when less than all is sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of.
This course examines tax preparer conduct standards. It addresses the issues of confidentiality, accuracy, conflict of interest, taxpayer omissions and return of client records. The ethical rules governing these issues are discussed, and tax preparers are presented with real-world scenarios that focus on the ethical issues that may be encountered in their professional activities. A final examination covering the course material is administered. This course is a basic tax level course with no prerequisites, and qualifies for 2 CE credits in the Ethics category.
- Recognize the permitted scope of tax return preparer responsibilities;
- Identify the best practices for tax advisers in preparing or assisting in the preparation of a submission to the Internal Revenue Service;
- List the various sanctions that may be imposed for a preparer’s failure to comply with applicable conduct rules.