IRS statement regarding: RFP Related to Continuing Education Provider Approvals
Date: June 30, 2011
The Internal Revenue Service issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) today to procure vendor support to assist in the registration of Continuing Education (CE) providers. The IRS is implementing a number of actions to increase oversight of federal tax return preparers and this solicitation is in preparation for implementation of the continuing education requirements for certain preparers.
The RFP lists a tentative start date for the continuing education requirement of January 1, 2012. Final determination of a start date will not be possible until multiple factors are considered including the evaluation of proposals submitted by vendors and the publication of necessary formal guidance.
The CE registration vendor will administer the application process, issue approval letters on behalf of the IRS, and maintain a listing of approved CE providers to assist tax return preparers seeking CE opportunities. The IRS will maintain full oversight for establishing application processing policies and conducting audits.