More Information about the RTRP Competency Examination

IRS has issued final regulations, accompanied by a news release and fact sheet, that provide additional details related to the registered tax return preparer (RTRP) competency examination.

Test User Fee: The fee to take the examination will be $116 with $27 of the fee going to the IRS and the balance to Promatic, Inc. a third party testing company with 260 offices nationwide. The IRS has not finalized the user fee regulations pending further public comment related to the proposed $33 finger printing user fee.

Test Details: In IR 2011-111, IRS announced that it is now launching the new RTRP competency test and that test scheduling begins the last week of November.

  • 2-1/2 hour timed test covers preparation of the Form 1040 and its related schedules.
  • The test must be taken at a Prometric Inc. test center.
  • The test is available in English only at this time
  • Will be administered in a computer-based testing format.
  • Initial test takers won't receive their test scores for two to six weeks to allow IRS to validate the exam and determine the pass/fail cutoff.
  • Once validation is complete, around mid-January, those taking the computer-based test will receive their scores at the test center immediately upon completing the test.
  • There is no limit on the number of times the test can be taken.
  • The $116 fee will apply each time the exam is taken.
  • Unlicensed practitioners have until Dec. 31, 2013 to pass the examination.  

  • Lee Reams Sr.

  • Lee T. Reams is the Chief Technical Officer of ClientWhys. He is also an Enrolled Agent having managed a 600-plus client tax practice. Educated as an engineer, with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Lee left his engineering career in 1975 to expand his part-time tax practice into a full-time career.

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