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Office of Professional Responsibility

The Tax Preparer Registration Application for Registration Year 2015 is closed.  The 2016 application will be available at the beginning of December 2015.   If you are required to complete continuing education in 2015, you must complete it before you register for 2016.

  Did you complete your 2015 Tax Department educational requirement, either online or as part of a live presentation, between October 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015?  If so, you have met your education requirements for this calendar year. You will be able to take your 2016 four hour educational requirement after January 1, 2016.

The Tax Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is committed to holding tax preparers to the highest standards of quality service.  Most tax professionals are honest and provide excellent service to their clients.  The relatively few tax preparers who don't meet those standards, however, can cause serious problems.  

Our office works closely with professional societies, consumer advocacy groups, and law enforcement to ensure all tax preparers perform their duties in an ethical and legal manner.

New York is one of only four states to regulate the tax preparer industry.  See our summary of the regulations.

If you are aware of any tax preparers who have engaged in illegal or improper conduct, contact our office at (518) 530-HELP or file a tax preparer complaint.


  • Require all non-exempt tax preparers to annually register with the Tax Department
  • Help consumers understand their rights when hiring a tax preparer
  • Identify and discipline tax preparers who fail to meet regulatory standards


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Updated: November 17, 2015