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Professional responsibility

The period to register as a tax preparer for 2017 is over and the web application is currently unavailable. The application will become available again mid-November 2017 for 2018 registration. If you still have continuing education to complete for 2017, you’ll need to complete it before you can you register for 2018.

The Tax Department 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.  

We work 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.


Tax preparers