2022 Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course (AFTR)

Successful completion of the 2022 Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course counts toward the voluntary annual requirement for obtaining an IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Record of Completion for the 2023 filing season.

To be eligible for an AFSP Record of Completion, participants must pass the Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course and complete all other required continuing education by midnight (your local time), December 31, 2022.

This AFTR course is based upon the IRS AFTR course outline.

Prerequisites are not necessary to participate in this course and no advance preparation is needed.

Course Description

Successful completion of the 2022 Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course counts toward the voluntary annual requirement for obtaining an IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Record of Completion for the 2023 filing season. 

The Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course is divided into three domains (view complete course outline):

  • New Tax Law/Recent Updates
  • General Review
  • Practices, Procedures, and Professional Responsibility

This course includes online and printable Study Guides for each domain section and an online AFTR Comprehension Test. To pass the course, you must score 70% or better on the AFTR Comprehension Test.

  • You have three hours to complete the test and it must be completed in one sitting.
  • *NEW LIMITS ON TEST ATTEMPTS*: IRS parameters require a limit to the number of test attempts. The AFTR Comprehension Test must be passed within six (6) attempts.
  • The test is open book. If necessary, reference your printed study guides or other resources.

Six (6) hours of AFTR Course and Test credits are reported to the IRS upon successful completion of this course.

To earn an AFSP Record of Completion for the 2023 filing season, preparers must:

  • Complete an Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course by December 31, 2022 (unless exempt – see the table below). 
  • Earn specified continuing education (CE) credits by December 31, 2022 – see the table below.
  • Obtain or renew a PTIN for 2023 after the PTIN renewal season begins in October 2022.
  • Consent to adhere to the obligations in Circular 230, Subpart B and section 10.51.


    AFSP Record of Completion CE Requirements
    AFTR Exemption Status AFTR Course & Exam Tax Law Update Federal Tax Law Ethics      Total CE Credits
     Non-Exempt  6 credits    10 credits  2 credits 18
     Exempt    3 credits  10 credits  2 credits 15 


     For more information, please see the Annual Filing Season Program FAQs or the AFSP video.


    System Requirements:
    A high-speed internet connection. 
    Internet browsers:
    WindowsMicrosoft Edge/Chrome 56/FireFox 51
    MacSafari 10.0.3/Chrome 56/Firefox 51
    iOS 10  - Safari
    Android 5.0Chrome 

Affiliation* CPE Awarded Delivery Method Field of Study Course ID Sponsor ID
CPE Facts
IRS 6 Self-Study Federal Tax Refresher FQTGU-A-00502-22-S FQTGU

* Individuals with other professional credentials should check with their state licensing board or accrediting organization to determine if this program meets their continuing education requirements.

 Drake Software is an IRS-qualified sponsor of continuing professional education.


Enrolled Agents cannot receive credit toward their Enrolled Agent CE requirements for taking the AFTR course. 

Course Policies

To request a refund within 30 days of purchasing the course, email Support@DrakeCPE.com. To be granted a full refund, you must have accessed no more than one domain section of the course. Students must complete the course on or before the expiration date to receive CPE credit. No refunds will be issued after the course expiration date or for completed courses.

For more information regarding the refund policy or to address concerns/complaints regarding courses, contact the DrakeCPE support team at Support@DrakeCPE.com.

Other Details
Last Revision June 2022
Course Expiration The CPE portion of this course expires at midnight on December 31, 2022