IRS Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course

Pass the IRS AFTR test in order to keep your ability to represent your clients with IRS matters. | Taught by Andy Frye, EA

Course description

The Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) is the "testing portion" of the IRS Annual Filing S

Unless you're a member of an "exempt" group, you must pass the AFTR test in order to earn your AFSP credential.

In other words, passing this AFTR is part of earning the AFSP credential.

The benefits of earning your AFSP credential are two-fold:

  1. You will be listed in a publicly-available list of tax professionals that shows which educational credentials each tax professional possesses.  The idea here is that any member of the public who is considering using your services could "look you up" in this database and if your name appears and has some letters next to it, you will appear more appealing to clients and potential clients.
  2. The second benefit is that, as of January 1, 2016, the IRS has updated its policies as to who can and who cannot "represent clients" before the IRS. For calendar year 2016 and beyond, an "unenrolled preparer" (defined as a tax preparer who's not either an EA or CPA) can no longer represent clients before the IRS at all, even with respect to a tax return that the preparer both prepared and signed.  In other words, if you don't pass this test and get those AFSP letters next to your name, you'll have no ability to contact the IRS on behalf of your clients. 

To be very honest with you, I don't know of any member of the public who knows what AFSP is or would ever look in the IRS database to see if you have those letters next to your name. 

However, I do know that if your client gets an IRS letter or gets audited, that client will expect you to help, and if you don't have the AFSP next to your name, your ability to help will be non-existent.

You'll have to tell your client, "I can't help you with your IRS issue."

What is your client going to think of you when you tell your client that?

How many people will that client tell that you let them down in their time of need?

Bottom line, the reason taking this AFTR course and passing this AFTR test is worth your time is because it will preserve your right to represent your clients with an IRS issue if and when your clients ever need your help.

And, that matters...a lot!

If you have questions to decide if this AFTR course is the best fit for you, please feel free to contact our Customer Support Team via email or by phone at (310) 422 - 1283.

Andy Frye, EA
Andy Frye, EA
Founder, Pronto Tax School

Andrew Freiburghouse, known as Andy Frye in "Tax World," is a tax consultant and Enrolled Agent (E.A.) licensed to represent taxpayers before all levels of the IRS.

Andy started his tax career as a tax preparer at Pronto Income Tax of California, Inc., a third-generation family business with multiple locations based in Southern California.

After preparing more than 10,000 tax returns and developing extensive employee training programs within his family business, Andy founded Pronto Tax School, Inc., an online training company that educates and empowers tax professionals and taxpayers nationwide.

Pronto Tax School is an IRS-approved education provider that offers credentialing and continuing education certificate programs, as well as career advancement and business development training.

Andy is a graduate of Santa Clara University, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and The School of Tax Business Hard Knocks.

Reviews (16)

Good Course

by James Jones
Course was extreme.y helpful in updating me for upcoming tax season.

Thank you!

by Cynthia Hernandez
All material was easy to understand, very well explained. I really enjoyed reading the material. Passed the exam at first try. Excellent work, Pronto!

AFTR Course and Test

by Ralph Woods
I was very pleased with the course and testing, everything was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed the manner in which the course was developed. Thank You
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Good Course

by James Jones
Course was extreme.y helpful in updating me for upcoming tax season.

Thank you!

by Cynthia Hernandez
All material was easy to understand, very well explained. I really enjoyed reading the material. Passed the exam at first try. Excellent work, Pronto!

AFTR Course and Test

by Ralph Woods
I was very pleased with the course and testing, everything was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed the manner in which the course was developed. Thank You

Good Training

by GERALDO DESOUZA
EASY TO DO.

AFTR Course

by Diane Barbato
Loved it!!!

by DAN KABUKURU

by Syed M Mehdi

great job

by nora oyervides
I can truly say I enjoyed it and I learn things that are important to my business.

by Denise Hibbard
I thought this was a great course and beats sitting thru tax topics that you have no interest in

Tax Year 2018: Other Federal Tax Law Refresher & Review

by Noretta Lenard
The course was good, easy to understand. Some of the review questions got a little above that could be recalled. Needed a little more in-depth on various retirement deduction. Or give heads up to review that section on some other format before attempting test. Overall, very good course if you have some knowledge of taxes but not good for someone who has not prepared taxes before.

Clearly written

by Joan Graybeal-Gillon
I was able to move quickly through the material with good understanding.

by Carol Hale
Interesting, some tricky questions. Fun and not boring. Good job guys!

GOOD STUDY PACE

by Marco A Benavides
IT'S ALL GOOD, I LIKE YOUR TEACHING SYSTEM.

Updated and interesting

by leroy cain
Remarkable and interesting

AFTR 2018

by Jennifer Kelley McCracken
I've been participating off and on, mostly on, in the annual filing season program for 6 years now. I've taken the online non-exempt CE hours from a number of different providers, and I have to say that I really like Pronto Tax School. If I had taken this course originally, I would never have tried any other programs. The material provided is thorough and well organized. I especially like the commentaries. They keep the reading material interesting and I found getting through the reading material much quicker and easier than other programs I've used. I also very much appreciate the way the PDF file has important information already highlighted. I am very grateful for the time and effort that was put into creating this course. Thank You, and if I survive the apocalypse, I'll be back next year.

Quality product

by Donald Meza
The test was informative and also easy to understand to comply with the regulations and reporting of completion. I think this is a great way to keep your requirements and stay up to date.