The National Society of Accountants has begun offering a new self-study course to prepare for the exam that the Internal Revenue Service will require all registered tax return preparers to pass.

The Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam is expected to be available later this year. All tax preparers that register to become RTRPs and receive a Personal Tax Identification Number before the competency exam is available will have until the end of 2013 to take and pass the exam, the NSA noted. Once they pass the exam, preparers will become IRS Registered Tax Return Preparers.

Written by subject matter experts John O. Everett, Ph.D., CPA and Cherie J. Hennig, Ph.D., CPA, the NSA Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam Review Course provides a thorough review of all federal taxation topics and subjects outlined by the IRS.

“This course is the blueprint for passing this essential exam,” said NSA executive vice president John Ams in a statement. “It’s important to stay ahead of the curve on registering for the tax preparer oversight program. Those who act early and earn their RTRP credential will be well-positioned to assure their clients that they comply with all federal requirements for paid tax preparers.” NSA is making the course available now to give individuals a head start in their exam preparation.

The exam is available in three formats: file download, CD-ROM, and print. For NSA members, the cost for the file download and CD-ROM versions is $100, and the cost of the print book is $150. Costs are $50 higher for nonmembers.

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