In November 2019, I completed my training and became an NTPI Fellow.
In order to enroll in the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI), a tax professional must be an enrolled agent, CPA or attorney. These are the only three professional groups that have full rights of representation before the IRS. That means that not only can they speak directly to the IRS regarding your taxes without you being present, but they can also represent you in an IRS audit, collection or appeal. If you find yourself in tax trouble, you’ll want one of these professionals by your side.
NTPI Fellows have completed a stringent, three-level program of study that covers all facets of representing clients before the IRS. They have learned to guide their clients through the often challenging maze of IRS codes, internal regulations, and agency structure. Once enrolled in NTPI, attendees study a broad range of applicable topics, including:
- Communicating with the IRS
- Examination (introduction and advanced)
- Appeals (introduction, exam appeals, collection appeals and advanced appeals)
- Tax Research and Resources
- Criminal Investigation (introduction and advanced)
- Form 1040 Audits
- Innocent Spouse
- Freedom of Information Act
- Case Resolutions
- Trust Fund Recovery
- Liens and Levies
- Correcting Bad Actions of Clients
The process of becoming an NTPI Fellow often takes several years, but the learning doesn’t stop there. As a whole, NTPI Fellows are individuals who exceed IRS’ minimum standard for continuing education and are dedicated to staying on top of the latest changes to the tax code. Many Fellows participate annually in NTPI’s Graduate Level in Representation because they don’t want to miss a thing.