Tax professionals can earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits online through seminars the agency filmed at its 2013 Nationwide Tax Forums. The 14 self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO) site. Self-study seminars provide information to students using interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and transcripts.
The 2013 NTFO seminars cover many topics of interest to tax professionals including the following subjects:
- tax law updates,
- Treasury Circular No. 230 overview,
- child-related tax benefits,
- retirement plan loans and hardship distributions,
- and updates to the Form 706.
To earn CPE credit, a professional must create an account, answer review questions after viewing each chapter, and pass a short test at the end of the seminar. NTFO is registered with the IRS Return Preparer Office and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a qualified sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE). For a fee, Enrolled Agents and CPAs taking NTFO seminars can earn CPE credit.
NTFO seminars can also be audited for free. Users who choose to audit seminars will not have access to the review questions or final examination and will not receive credit for the seminar.
In addition to the recently-added seminars, NTFO offers many other seminars from prior-year IRS Nationwide Tax Forums from 2009 through 2012.