Bossier Parish Community College & The Income Tax School

Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Bossier Parish Community College, in conjunction with The Income Tax School, is proud to offer comprehensive online tax courses that meet the needs of those just entering the tax profession, as well as continuing education for experienced tax professionals.

Learn how to prepare tax with our online tax preparation courses offered by Bossier Parish Community College and The Income Tax School from the comfort of your home or office at your own pace. The online self-study programs also provide email instructor support assistance to answer questions about the course materials, just like in a traditional classroom. For those looking to become a tax preparer, our tax school programs can help you begin a rewarding tax career quicker than ever.

Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) packages with continuing education are also available.  Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is an annual voluntary IRS program for return preparers. It consists of a 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course with a comprehension test, plus 12 hours of CE annually. AFSP can help set you apart from unqualified competitors and secure your representation rights.

Tax Preparer continuing education courses offered by Bossier Parish Community College and The Income Tax School provide the perfect opportunity to meet the growing demand for qualified tax professionals. If you want to take your tax career to the next level, browse our tax course catalog for the online course that best suit your qualifying or continuing education needs or grow and build your tax business.

About Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development & Continuing Education

We provide a wide range of professional and personal enrichment opportunities for our community by offering classes and programs that are designed with you in mind. Our classes are conveniently scheduled, affordable, and taught by talented professionals in their respective fields. Regardless of your age or educational goal, we have a class to help keep you current with today’s trends and technologies, help you get ahead in life and career, or just have fun!

Comprehensive Tax Course (60 CPE credits)

The Income Tax School (ITS) comprehensive tax training course can enable you to quickly embark on a rewarding, flexible, and dependable career in just weeks!

In this beginner tax preparer course, you will learn to prepare tax returns and research tax issues for most Form 1040 individual, non-business taxpayers and small business taxpayers (self-employed/Schedule C).

  • 20 Lessons (60 hours of CE)
  • No prerequisites required.

When you complete the ITS Comprehensive Tax Course, you will be qualified for employment or self-employment as a tax professional and ready to start earning money.

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Course Package Includes:

  • Online, self-study beginner tax course
    • Study anywhere/anytime with an internet connection
    • No prerequisites required.
    • Divided into 4 modules, 5 chapters per module, a total of 20 chapters, a total of 60 CE credit hours
  • FREE academic support from tax school instructors provided by email
  • Automatic grading with instructional feedback
  • Certificate of Completion
    • Emailed upon completion with a final passing grade of 70% or greater.
  • FREE AFTR Course,–6-hr Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course (when available)

Optional Add-ons:

  • Order this course with books for an additional fee and you will receive all of the reading materials that are viewable online to be printed and bound for your easy reference while completing the course. (Prices of books include shipping costs.) Additional shipping costs will apply if books are shipped outside the lower 48 states.
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    For only $100 more, you’ll get the following guides to help you start your own tax business…

    • Guide to Starting a Tax Business & Getting Clients
    • Guide to Policies & Procedures for a Tax Business

Term

6 months from date of registration to complete the course. Extensions can be purchased if more time is needed.

Updated Content

Our current courses are based on last year’s tax law because this year’s tax code is not finalized until December. We provide all students with a free Tax Law Update once the IRS issues updates.

Topics Included

Learning Objectives and Detailed Table of Contents

  • Electronic Filing
  • W-2 & 1099 Forms
  • Form 1040 (1040 EZ/A)
  • Interview Techniques
  • Filing Requirements
  • Filing Status
  • Exemptions & Dependents
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Due Diligence
  • Child Care & Tax Credits
  • Interest & Dividends
  • Other Income
  • Adjustments to Income
  • Itemized Deductions
  • Employee Business Expenses
  • Sale of Real Estate
  • Depreciation
  • Self-Employment
  • Rental Property
  • Capital Gains & Losses
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Education Expenses & Plans
  • IRAs & Retirements Plans
  • Ethics
  • Kiddie Tax
  • Tax Saving Ideas
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Tax Law Updates

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***The AFTR course and AFSP packages will be unavailable for purchase from 12/30 to 5/30 of every year.***

Set Yourself APART from Unqualified Competitors and Secure Your Representation Rights

The IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) is an annual voluntary IRS program for return preparers.

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2016 Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course

6-Hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course

$49

2016 Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Exempt Package

AFSP 15-Hour Bundle for Exempt Tax Preparers

$69

2016 Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Non-Exempt Package

AFSP 18-Hour Bundle with AFTR Course for Non-exempt Tax Preparers

$89

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5 Advantages of the AFSP – Record of Completion

  1. Representing your Clients
  2. FREE Marketing
  3. Promote Your Credentials
  4. Certificate from the IRS
  5. Set Yourself Apart

IMPORTANT:

The AFTR is merely a short federal tax refresher course for experienced tax preparers and will not enable a person who is not an experienced tax preparer to learn how to prepare income tax returns. If you are interested in becoming a tax preparer, you should consider the Comprehensive Tax Course.
AFTR course options are available now for the 2016 tax season. This course is not available after 12/30/2015, as the IRS completion deadline is 12/31/2015. The AFTR course will become available again in the Summer 2016, pending IRS regulations for 2017 tax season.

How Do I Qualify for the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)?

  • You must have an active PTIN.
  • You must complete 18 hours of continuing education (CE) by December 31st annually, using an IRS Approved Provider.

Here is the breakdown of credit hours for non-credentialed/non-exempt or unenrolled preparers who want an AFSP – Record of Completion:

  • 18 hours of CE annually from an IRS Approved Provider include the following:
    • 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course with a comprehension test
    • 10 hours of Federal tax law topics
    • 2 hours of Ethics education

Am I Exempt from the Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course?

Tax return preparers who have successfully completed one of the following national or state tests would be exempt from taking the AFTR course with a comprehension test.

  • Registered Tax Return Preparers (RTRP)
  • Oregon/California and other state based return preparer testing programs
  • Accredited Tax Preparers through Accreditation Council for Accountancy/Taxation
  • Part 1 of the Special Enrollment Exam during 2 year eligibility window
  • Successful VITA program reviewers and instructors

What If I’m a Credentialed Tax Professional or in the Exempt Group Above and Want to Qualify for the Annual Filing Season Program?

Credentialed tax professionals (CPAs, attorneys, Enrolled Agents, Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents, and Enrolled Actuaries) or the exempt group listed in the section above must have 15 hours of CE from an IRS Approved Provider to qualify for the AFSP annually. No CE credit will be given to Enrolled Agents for completing an AFTR course.

  • Credentialed or Exempted Tax Preparers must complete 15 hours of CE annually from an IRS Approved Provider to qualify the AFSP.
  • The 15 hours of CE includes the following:
    • 3 hours of Federal tax updates
    • 10 hours of Federal tax law topics
    • 2 hours of Ethics education

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2016 Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course

6-Hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) Course

$49

2016 Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Exempt Package

AFSP 15-Hour Bundle for Exempt Tax Preparers

$69

2016 Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) Non-Exempt Package

AFSP 18-Hour Bundle with AFTR Course for Non-exempt Tax Preparers

$89

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3 Chartered Tax Certificate Programs to choose from:

  • 2 courses
  • 100 hour experience requirement

Enroll Now Starting at $737

  • 3 courses
  • 100 hour experience requirement

Enroll Now Starting at $957

  • 5 courses
  • 500 hour experience requirement

Enroll Now Starting at $1597

Completion of one of our certificate programs at The Income Tax School (ITS) will enhance your reputation as a trusted tax professional and give you a competitive advantage in your market. Plus, your increased knowledge will enable you to:

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  • Prepare more complicated tax returns
  • Increase your revenue by charging higher fees for more complex tax returns
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to prepare for the EA exam, and more!

These nationally recognized tax certificate programs enable you to start preparing individual tax returns for most U.S. taxpayers after successfully completing the first course in the program!

The Chartered Tax Certificate Programs are unique because you have the opportunity to earn money as a tax professional while you study, and to also internalize the knowledge by applying what you learn. With the talk of more requirements for tax preparers, many have decided to work towards becoming an IRS Enrolled Agent (EA), the most distinguished credential in the tax industry. The Chartered Tax Certificate Programs are the perfect stepping stones to becoming an EA!

No prior tax or accounting knowledge is required and minimal computer skills are needed. Students should have a high school diploma or the equivalent, the ability to comprehend the income tax regulations, and good people skills to interact effectively with taxpayers.

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  • Guide to Starting a Tax Business & Getting Clients
  • Guide to Policies & Procedures for a Tax Business

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Chartered Tax ProfessionalChartered Tax Professional

As a Chartered Tax Professional, you will be able to handle very involved individual tax situations as well as tax returns for small business corporations, partnerships and more complex sole proprietorships. The CTP® certificate program covers both basic and complex individual Form 1040 and small business corporation Form 1120 & 1120S and partnership Form 1065 tax returns. These more complicated tax returns will open up new, more lucrative markets for you. Becoming a Chartered Tax Professional (CTP®) can significantly enhance your salary and your advancement potential as a tax professional, and can be completed in 18 months or less!

If you’re committed to becoming a tax professional, you should definitely consider the CTP® program. Put your education toward a certificate that prepares you for the highest designation in the tax industry, the Enrolled Agent (EA)! As a CTP®, you will have the tax knowledge and experience to prepare for the IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) exam, if you wish to add the desirable EA credential to your professional designation as a CTP®. Upon completion of the CTP® program, you can take an EA exam review and then sit for the EA exam. This will put you at the top of the tax professional field in under 2 years!

If you’re a CPA, CFP, attorney, or if you hold some other professional license, you may be able to satisfy some or all of your continuing education requirements through your coursework in the CTP® program. Tax knowledge is valuable to many professionals because financial decisions usually involve tax consequences for their clients. Providing tax preparation services is also a great way to diversify and recruit new financial services clients.

Courses included in this program:CTP-Certificate

Learning Objectives and Detailed Table of Contents
Additional Requirements:

  • Annual CE requirement beginning the year after you qualify as a CTP®
    • 15 Hours (9 hours federal tax law, 3 hours ethics, 3 hours federal tax law updates)
  • Experience requirement:
    • 500 Hours must be completed before final CTP® certificate is issued.

Learn more about the CTP and Enroll:

  • Payment plan available

Enroll Now – $1597CTP Program

You can even start with these smaller packages below and upgrade later once you get a feel for the program.

Chartered Tax Consultant

Chartered Tax ConsultantThe Chartered Tax Consultant (CTC) certificate program will enable you to prepare both individual Form 1040 and small business corporation Form 1120 & 1120S and partnership Form 1065 tax returns. No prior tax or accounting knowledge is required and minimal computer skills. Students should have a high school diploma or the equivalent, the ability to comprehend the income tax regulations, and good people skills to interact effectively with taxpayers.

Courses included in this program:

Learning Objectives and Detailed Table of Contents
Additional Requirements:

  • Annual CE requirement beginning the year after you qualify as a CTC:
    • 15 Hours (9 hours federal tax law, 3 hours ethics, 3 hours federal tax law updates)
  • Experience requirement:
    • 100 Hours must be completed before final CTC certificate is issued.

CTC-Certificate

  • Payment plan available

Enroll Now – $957CTC Program

Chartered Tax Advisor

Chartered Tax AdvisorThe Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) certificate program will enable you to learn to prepare most individual Form 1040 tax returns, including more complex situations. No prior tax or accounting knowledge is required and minimal computer skills. Students should have a high school diploma or the equivalent, the ability to comprehend the income tax regulations and good people skills to interact effectively with taxpayers.

Courses included in this program:

Learning Objectives and Detailed Table of Contents
Additional Requirements:

  • Annual CE requirement beginning with the year after you qualify as a CTA:
    • 15 Hours (9 hours federal tax law, 3 hours ethics, 3 hours federal tax law updates)
  • Experience requirement:
    • 100 Hours must be completed before final CTA certificate is issued.

CTA-Certificate

  • Payment plan available

Enroll Now – $737CTA Program

Build your expertise in advanced areas of tax preparation. The Income Tax School (ITS) offers top-quality IRS CE approved tax education. Choose from 40 different 3-hour seminars. Buy just one or choose a package to meet your specific CE requirements! You can’t afford not to get your CE here.

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Choose Your CE Package:

Choose any ONE
3-hour CE Seminar for $39

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Choose any THREE
3-hour CE Seminars for $99
…a Savings of $18!

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Choose any FIVE
3-hour CE Seminars for $149
…a Savings of $46!

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15-hour CE Package
Only $69.97

This package includes:

  • Tax Law Updates
  • Ethics & Responsibilities of Tax Professionals
  • You choose 3 additional seminars.

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Tax Law Updates and Ethics CE Package
Only $57

This package includes:

  • Tax Law Updates
  • Ethics & Responsibilities of Tax Professionals

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1 year Unlimited CE Package
NOW Only $199

…That’s $5.24 per seminar!

This package will give you access to all of our 3-hour CE seminars for a full year.

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Choose from the following 3-Hour Tax Seminars:
Note: Those with an asterisk are also approved for Enrolled Agent CE.

Tax Practice Management Manuals

Expert insider guidance shows you what to do, and what to watch out for as you build your tax business.

Chuck McCabe, one of the industry’s top insiders, shares the strategies and tactics he used to start and operate 100’s of tax offices. Chuck created these manuals to show you how to compete effectively with local and national tax firms. It’s the sure way to create real business value and avoid time and money-wasting mistakes. As an income tax professional or tax business owner, you can use our powerful tools to attract new clients, build a successful tax practice, and compete successfully with local and national tax firms.

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Tax Business Marketing
Reach Your Target Clients

Learn many of the key things to market your tax firm the way national tax firms do without having to spend as much. Learn to identify your target clients and reach them efficiently and effectively. CD included to customize to your needs.

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Contents:

  • Marketing Planning
  • Client Retention
  • Mass Media Advertising
  • Targeted Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Group Tax Programs
  • Tax Office Signage
  • Sample Ads, Brochures & Flyers
  • Marketing References
  • …and much more!

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$149

Tax Office Operations
Policies and Procedures

This comprehensive manual outlines effective company policies and procedures and communicates them to your employees and clients. Help your staff understand your company’s philosopy to increase consistency in your operations. CD included to customize to your needs.

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Contents:

  • Guiding Principles
  • Tax Office Policies
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Employment Agreements
  • Fee Schedules
  • Checking & Processing
  • IRS E-filing
  • IRS Due Diligence
  • …and much more!

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Tax Business Expansion
Grow Your Business

Ready to lease a tax office or expand your tax business? Don’t make any decisions without this guide! This manual, developed by a 40+ year veteran executive of a national tax firm, will give you a methodical, clear plan.

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Contents:

  • Game Plan to Compete with National Firms
  • Site Selection Considerations
  • Different Market Segments
  • Sample Leases & Leased Department Agreements
  • Lease Negotiation Strategies
  • Alternative Distribution Channels
  • Joint Ventures & Franchises
  • Aquisitions
  • …and much more!

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$99

Tax Business Personnel
Training & Human Resources

In business with two or more employees? This manual is for you. Employees are the key to your success. With this guide, You’ll be able to realize the benefits of hiring right, proper training, and keeping the best. CD included to customize to your needs.

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Contents:

  • Screening & Hiring, Recruiting & Training
  • Training Outlines
  • Creating Job Descriptions
  • Motivating & Retaining
  • Personel Policies & Procedures
  • Employment Law Issues
  • Employment Agreements
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • …and much more!

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