Improving the tax industry,

one professional at a time.


CSTC Education Programs

CSTC delivers quality education and other benefits to bookkeepers, accountants, Enrolled Agents, or CPA‘s.

Take advantage of everything CSTC has to offer. We offer programs that cover a wide spectrum of tax topics that are approved for CTEC, IRS & CPA credit.      

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In the beginning...... 

What began as a local group of tax professionals 
in 1966 is today The California Society of Tax 
Consultants (CSTC), an organization dedicated 
to promoting professionalism within the tax 
industry. Members include:
• Enrolled Agents 
• Accountants/CPAs
• CA Registered Tax Preparers
• Attorneys 
• Bookkeepers 
• Fiduciaries and more
CSTC focuses on three core objectives: offering 
quality educational programming; promoting 
regular networking opportunities for tax 
professionals; and sustaining a strong chapter 
network for delivering CSTC services at the local 
level. Our goal is for tax professionals to thrive in 
the industry.


Having trouble getting through to the IRS?

Get the priceless benefit of membership in CSTC - answers to your tax questions when you can't get through to the IRS.

CSTC exclusive Yellow Pages listings, an online directory of members by areas of expertise available only to members!

Ready to join?  

Fill out an online membership application today at 

To renew your registration all CRTPs must...

  • Complete 20 hours (10 hours federal tax law, 3 hours federal tax update, 2 hours of Ethics and 5 hours for State) of continuing tax education each year

  • Maintain a valid PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) from the IRS

  • Maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond

  • Renew the registration by October 31st of each year

  • Renewal Registration with CTEC $33

For more information on becoming a CRTP and what is CRTP, click on link below.


CSTC is the California Affiliated State Organization of the National Society of Accountants

The National Society of Accountants (NSA) and its state affiliates represent independent practitioners who provide accounting, tax, auditing, financial and estate planning, and management services to 19 million individuals and businesses. Most members are sole practitioners or partners in small- to medium-size accounting firms.

NSA provides constructive feedback on laws and regulations at the federal and state level, working closely with the Internal Revenue Service on a range of issues. NSA state affiliates across the nation constitute a powerful professional network to reach national state policymakers.

Find a Local Chapter

Each of our 15 chapters in California has monthly meetings in their area. Meetings provide valuable education credits, dinner & networking opportunities.

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Click here to view a new "Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications".

Please go to "News" to read the IRS article on "Understanding Who You Pay to Prepare Your Tax Return."

ACA Information Center for Tax Pros
If you need information on the Affordable Care Act, the ACA Information Center for Tax Professionals is the best place to start. 


Become a Member

Achieve Professional Status by belonging to a highly respected organization founded in 1966. CSTC members are known for their code of ethics and quality education. 

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49 Years of Meeting Your Educational Needs

Identity theft, the IRS and you

May 04, 2016
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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5:00 PM to 8:45 PM

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San Marcos, CA 92069

Learning from the difficult situations we faced preparing 2015 tax returns.

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