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Basics & Beyond: Your #1 Option for CPE Hours

Since 1993, Basics & Beyond, Inc. has provided top-quality U.S. federal individual income tax seminars and tax preparation continuing education at a value price. This year, we are going Virtual! Learn from our wonderful presenters, and earn up to 16 CPE credit hours or 13.5 CLE credit hours. We are also offering several one-hour webinars for tax professionals that cover a variety of new and exciting topics. These live shorter sessions help you earn you even more CPE credit hours.

Basics & Beyond, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

IRS CE is only mandatory for Enrolled Agents (EAs), Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents (ERPAs), and tax return preparers holding an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. Participation in CE by all other Federal Tax Preparers is voluntary.

CPE credits through Basics & Beyond webinars and virtual seminars are available in all 50 states. While the exact number of CPE hours awarded can vary by state, attendees of both the Fall Topical and Year-end Update Virtual Seminars can be awarded up to 16 CPE credits.

The CPE hours you earn through Basics and Beyond virtual online income tax training seminars will cover a full income tax update, ethics and professional responsibility, a review of your state’s new or updated tax rules, and much more. Our Topical Update seminar is held each fall, throughout September and October. Our Year-end Update seminar is held throughout November and December, and it provides an informative year end line-by-line “how to” for all Form 1040 changes, state-specific tax updates, and other interesting topics. As an alternative, our live webinars cover a variety of topics for the tax professional with a flexible schedule to meet the needs of your demanding schedules. We offer several unique titles in 1-2 hour sessions. 2021 Virtual Seminar topics will be determined in May 2021. Click here to see our 2021 income tax webinar topics and this year’s schedule.

5 Reasons to Choose Basics & Beyond

  1. Amazing Presenters: Our roster of speakers have years of experience in the field, ranging from an IRS auditor to an EA with courtroom experience. They stay up to date with the tax legislature, collaborate to create a relevant list of topics each year and most importantly, they’re fun! The content they create is so impressive, GoTo Webinar awarded it as a “Top Ranked Webinar” and has highlighted our recorded sessions on GoTo Stage.
  2. Great Value: You will find that our programs are priced competitively as compared to other training programs. We also offer early registration discounts for additional savings.
  3. Free Textbook: At our virtual seminars, we provide an excellent resource with practical examples. This is a resource you will refer to year after year, building your own tax law library. For our webinars, you receive copies of the presentation for future reference as well as the ability to listen to the recorded content.
  4. Convenient scheduling options: We offer virtual tax seminars in the Fall and Year-End with several date/time options. Complimented by our live online sessions that are never more than 1-2 hours and we schedule them during your lunch hour so you can get back to your day. You can literally earn CE credits while you eat lunch.
  5. Nationally recognized approved CE Provider: Basics & Beyond is authorized by the IRS, NASBA, Certified Financial Planners, and Accreditation Council for Accountancy to award CE credit. Virtual Seminars are approved for CLE credit in IA, OH, IL, NE and PA.

The Benefits of Tax Reform Webinars and Seminars for Tax Preparers

Let’s face it. If you work in the accounting industry, you might see your professional education as a series of requirements necessary to maintain your place in a career. It’s what’s required to keep your relevant certification current. For tax preparers, these mandated credits, often referred to as CPE hours, can be considered a mundane must do; a means to an end; the tasks that come with the territory when you choose to work in this field. But, as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there has never been a more urgent time to seek a tax seminar or tax webinar for guidance.

It’s true that accountants must participate in continuing professional education to maintain current certification and remain employable. But, there are additional benefits that these educational experiences can offer tax preparers as well.

Are you getting all you can from your professional education?

As a result of the new tax legislation, it’s the perfect time to identify a tax reform seminar or tax reform webinar to prepare you for tax season.

Read on to find out how earning CPE credits can benefit tax preparers on the job!

5 Ways that Continuing Professional Education Benefits Tax Preparers

It’s easy to dismiss continuing professional education requirements as another thing to add to your ever-growing to-do list. But, putting off your CPE’s could be stifling your progress at work.

The next time your boss mentions professional development, you might want to think twice before rolling your eyes.

Taking the right courses can boost your job performance, grow your skills and knowledge, and ultimately make the toughest time of the year, much easier on you.

Here are some of the ways that course material might be helpful outside of the classroom.

1. Stay Up to Date on Tax Laws and Regulations

No matter how many tax seasons you’ve lived during your tenure as a tax preparer, the tax laws and regulations can get to be a bit overwhelming. Especially since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was approved in late 2017.

A quick re-reading at the start of each season to brush up on what’s different from the year before is unrealistic based on the amount of changes that came with the new law.

In 2015, the Tax Foundation reported that the U.S. tax code was nearing 10.1 million words. About 2.41 million of these were words of federal internal revenue code and about 7.66 million words were of tax regulation.

Luckily you can get around most of these by enrolling in a tax seminar or tax webinar.

Here, you’ll get a refresher course on important information and a rundown on new, need-to-know material. Plus, you’ll satisfy CPE requirements and won’t feel like you’ve wasted time or money doing it.

2. Review Your Skills Before the Madness of Tax Season Takes Off

Around the beginning of tax season, preparers begin fumbling through last year’s paperwork and checking and rechecking sources.

Getting ready for the back to back schedule that comes with the busiest time of year can add a lot of stress on those working in the tax industry.

Why not fulfill your CPE requirements while freshening up on skills that may have become rusty since their last use? You’ll be better prepared for your busy season, and you’ll have taken care of course credits you may have needed too.

3. Brain-Boosting Benefits

Learning should be a lifelong affair that doesn’t just happen in class. But, too often we become stagnant in our personal and professional lives, accustomed to our daily routines.

Instead of greeting each new day as an opportunity to face new challenges, we go through the motions that can lead to a stale existence in and outside of the office.

When you accept new challenges, you jumpstart your internal need for knowledge. Learning new material in one area of your life can lead to motivation in other areas, too.

It’s been reported that learning exercises which include memorization leads to increased neural plasticity, a stronger ability to retain information, and better focus.

4.Opportunities to Experience the Latest Educational Technology

Today’s classrooms aren’t what they used to be.

Now, many courses offer the option of attending a webinar in lieu of traditional classes. So students are given the opportunity to learn course material, while also learning about the technological advancements taking place in the world of education today.

Today’s webinars allow attendees to learn from the comfort of home, providing a convenient alternative that gives them the chance to learn with the most current methods being used in modern schools and universities across the country.

5. Grow Your Network

Attending courses with other tax professionals affords you the opportunity to build relationships with other like-minded professionals.

We don’t always set aside time throughout the year to meet new faces in the industry. But, when you take part in continuing professional education courses, you are placed in an environment where you will interact and learn from those with similar careers and goals.

Creating connections is an important part of your professional life. And, when doing so, you build a network of supportive resources to rely on throughout the year.

Register for Your Next Seminar or Webinar Today!

If you need to freshen up your skills, learn what’s new with tax laws, or satisfy CPE credits, we have several course options for you to choose from. And, we offer both webinars and seminars so you can pick the one most convenient for you.

Our program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Our professional curriculum is taught by experienced leaders and many of our students return year after year.

We can help if you have questions or need help choosing which course would best fit your needs. Check out our website to find out more about the courses we offer and review the schedule for upcoming seminars and webinars.

Ready to sign up? Register online for your next continuing professional education course today! Are you fully informed of your CPE credit requirements?


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Accredited income tax seminars for attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, Certified Financial Planners, and unenrolled tax return preparers.

Among the accrediting agencies that have reviewed and approved the Basics & Beyond Income Tax Update Seminars are:

  • The Internal Revenue Service – Enrolled Agents and unenrolled income tax return preparers throughout the United States and its possessions.
  • The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) – Certified Public Accountants in all fifty states.
  • The Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska – Attorneys who practice in the states where their continuing education hours are reported.
  • The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. – Certified Financial Planners in all fifty states.
  • The Federal Commission for Continuing Legal Education – Attorneys who represent clients in the federal court system.


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