Tax preparers in California are required by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) to obtain a $5,000 tax preparer bond from a surety company before they are licensed to practice in the state of California. This is outlined in Division 8, Chapter 14 of the Business and Professions Code. Tax preparers can buy a California tax preparer bond instantly online from us today with no credit check. Get started below and receive your official bond delivered to you in minutes.
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Required By: California Tax Education Council (CTEC)
Bond Amount: $5,000
Yes, according to CTEC Code 22258, certain types of preparers are exempt from CTEC’s bonding requirement. We list them below:
A California tax preparer bond exists to protect clients from any financial harm caused by a tax preparer's negligence, fraud, or misconduct. The California Tax Education Council (CTEC) regulates tax preparers in the state and requires the bond to ensure that tax preparers are held accountable for their actions and that the general public have a way to seek compensation if they are harmed by a preparer's actions. Let’s illustrate this with an example.
Jim has hired Nancy to help prepare taxes for his auto shop ahead of the tax deadline. Jim sent all relevant tax documents to Nancy ahead of time to ensure that his business’s taxes are filed on time, but Nancy forgets to submit the paperwork to the IRS! Jim’s business is then hit with a penalty of $10,000 for failing to file their taxes on time, so Jim looks up Nancy’s tax preparer license on CTEC and files a claim against her bond. Nancy’s surety company investigates the claim and determines that it is valid, so it pays out $5,000 to Jim. Note that even though Jim’s business lost $10,000 as a result of Nancy’s negligence, he was only able to receive repayment up to the bond limit of $5,000. The remaining $5,000 will have to settled in some other way, likely in a civil lawsuit. Nancy is also liable to pay $5,000 to the surety company, or they will cancel her bond, resulting in loss of her license. She must also report the claim to CTEC.
The process only takes 3 minutes. You can pay with credit card securely on our site and receive the bond emailed out to you within minutes. All requests placed by 4pm CST will be processed and emailed out to you the same day.
Just your name, address, contact information and business name. No SSN or credit check needed.
There are four steps to becoming a tax preparer within the state of California. Aspiring tax preparers must:
The entire process will take at least 4 weeks to complete, mostly contingent on how long it takes for you to complete the 60 hour qualifying education component. Here are the time by steps:
To understand how to avoid claims, it’s best to look at the most common violations that result in claims so that you, as a tax preparer, can avoid making the same mistakes.
To avoid these common violations, tax preparers should:
CTEC tax preparer licenses must be renewed annually as long as you are a practicing tax preparer. For renewal, tax preparers must:
For the surety bond requirement, you only need to renew the bond if it’s expiring/expired. For example, if your bond is a 2-year bond, then you only need to renew the bond after 2 years. This is separately managed from the licensing renewal, which needs to be done annually. If you bond with us, we’ll keep track of when your bond is expiring and notify you well ahead of time for renewal.