Register now for the Winter 2018 ACAT exams. This session’s sign up cutoff date is October 30, 2018. The Comprehensive Examination for Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP), Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA) and Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) exam can be taken between November 1 – December 15, 2018 at Castle Testing Centers across North America.
The exams are offered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation® (ACAT) for accountants, tax preparers and students seeking to earn credentials that set them apart from other preparers and open doors for practice development and career advancement. Earning ACAT credentials provides evidence to clients that accounting and tax professionals have achieved a high level of knowledge and skills and abilities needed to effectively serve their clients.
Accredited Tax Preparers (ATP) and Accredited Business Accountant/Advisors (ABA) are exempt from taking the Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course and exam that is part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) voluntary Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP).
Rules about who may represent clients before the IRS changed in 2016 – ATPs and ABAs who are AFSP Record of Completion Holders now have limited representation rights, meaning they can represent clients whose returns they prepare and sign, before examination, customer service representatives and the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
To learn more about the credentials themselves, visit ACAT’s overview page http://www.acatcredentials.org/acatcredentials/overview.
Visit the Exam Information page for information about fees, what to expect on the day of the exam, and rescheduling/cancellation requirements.Register Here
The National Society of Accountants (NSA) offers preparatory course study guides for both the ABA, ATA, and ATP exams and preview exams, which mirror the topics and question format of the ACAT exams. ACAT does not endorse or recommend and study courses, and provides these links for information purposes only.
For more information about ACAT credentials and to register, visit www.acatcredentials.org or call 888-289-7763.