It is hard to predict how much the study material will change from year to year. Every year congress passes new tax laws, and they often wait until the end of the year to do it. In general, we have found that the following is true:
- Part 3 Representation, Practice and Procedures has virtually no changes
- Part 2 Business changes some.
- Part 1 Individuals changes the most.
We always recommend that a person use the most up-to-date study materials. Phoenix Tax Group's elearning materials always get a 1 testing season free update. Returning customers can also receive a discount coupon code to update hardcopy materials. However, not everyone is able to spend extra to update materials.
If a person is unable to take all three tests in one testing season, it is possible to use last season's materials and still pass the some of the exams. For example, if you purchase the 2017 course, you could study for and pass Part 1 before the end of the testing season in February 2018. Then you could use the Part 2 and Part 3 materials from 2017 to study for the 2018 Part 2 and Part 3 tests. You'd have to recognize that the materials might be somewhat out of date, but they would probably be accurate enough for you to pass the tests.