Platinum Professional Services 
November 2010                      Newsletter                       Issue No. 1005
In This Issue
Latest Changes for Notary Publics and Tax Preparers
New Services

Hello, and welcome to our November Newsletter . Congratulations to those who met the continuing tax education requirement imposed by CTEC.  For those who didn't, it is still not too late.  October 31st is on a Sunday, therefore,the deadline has extended to midnight November 1st.  Platinum Professional Services will be reporting your completion of the course to CTEC hourly.   If you do not make the deadline the late fee is $40.00. 

We have gotten many calls regarding the IRS's Competency Exam.  All paid Tax Preparers must have PTIN assigned.  If you do it prior to December 31st you have until 2013 to pass the exam, but you can still prepare taxes for compensation.  If you do not get a PTIN number prior to December 31st you can not prepare taxes for compensation until you pass the exam.  We hope that clears up some confusion.  Please make sure to read below as well as visit our website under IRS Guidelines for important changes for Tax Preparers.

Notaries, the current timeframe for processing notary public applications has been increased to 10 to 12 weeks.  Renewing notaries should begin the reappointment process at least six months prior to the expiration date of their current notary public commission.  The notary public exam is valid for a period of one year, so applicants can start the reappointment process up to a year prior to the expiration date of their current commission.  Also, once the application process has been completed and the applicant has met all the requirements for reappointment, the Secretary of State will issue the new commission no earlier than 30 days prior to the expiration date of notary public's current commission.

Our courses offer the following features: 

  • Immediate, online grading and feedback on tax course answers.
  • Your Certificate of Completion (Tax) and/or Proof of Completion (Notary) is e-mailed to you immediately following the successful completion of the course.
  • No need to mail or fax anything to us and absolutely no need to wait for your certificate to be mailed to you.

Lauren Zago                                                           
Platinum Professional Services

Latest Changes

Notary Public  Changes



The Secretary of State has  just added a new feature to the Notary Public webpage - the Online Notary Public Listing. The Notary Public & Special Filings Section now provides on our website a list of notaries public who hold active notary public commissions. The list can be downloaded from our website at and opened with any text editor or imported into a database for searching and sorting. The list is updated daily and includes: the notary public name; business name; business mailing address; filing county code (county where the notary's oath and bond are on file); commission number; and commission expiration date

Tax Preparer Changes

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The IRS is requiring all PTIN applicants to attest that they are tax compliant with their personal and business tax obligations, or provide an explanation if they are not.

A person is in tax compliance if 1) all returns that are due have been filed (or an extension requested) and 2) all taxes that are due have been paid (or acceptable payment arrangements have been established).


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New Services 

We have exciting news for our customers, Platinum Professional Services has partnered with ExamMatrix, one of the leaders in Enrolled Agent Prep Review and CPA Review courses, to offer our customers the courses at a significent discount.  Interested in becoming an Enrolled Agent or CPA?  With ExamMatrix pass or refund guarantee, what do you have to lose?   Click here for more information.

Notaries and Tax Preparers, we have also partnered up with South Coast Surety to offer you Tax Preparer Bonds and Notary Public Bonds at very competitive prices.You must have a bond to prepare taxes or notarize documents. (See below for details along with other Resources we offer).