How do I get started?
Upon purchasing your course, you will receive login credentials via email to log in to our Learning Management System (LMS) and may begin your course right away. Your login credentials for the LMS and for your ITS account (used to purchase more courses or seminars) will be the same until and unless you change one or both of them.Back To Top
How long do I have to complete the course?
You can access and complete our courses online, 24/7, provided you have internet access. Course completion terms vary depending on the course or bundle you purchase. Typically, you will have 6 months to complete the Comprehensive Tax Course and 3 months for any of the Advanced or Small Business courses. This is based on a schedule of just one chapter per week, with 2 additional weeks to study for tests, though many students are able to complete their courses more quickly.
If you have purchased a bundle or certificate program product that includes multiple courses, you can to add the course terms together to get the completion terms of that product. Specific completion terms for each product are also listed on the corresponding product page.Back To Top
Do I have to buy hard copy books?
Hard copy books are completely optional. Some students prefer to work through reading materials offline and simply use the online platform to complete assignments, quizzes, and tests. The hard copy books are also a useful tool for tax preparers to use as a reference after they’ve completed the course and are filing tax returns in the field. You do not have to wait for your hard copy book to be shipped to you, but you can if you wish.Back To Top
I purchased a bundle/certificate program with books, but only received one book. Why?
Bundles and certificate program are products that include multiple courses designed to be taken in order. Depending on when you purchase, you could start your first course and by the time you’re ready to start the next one a new edition could be available. For this reason, we ship books one at a time to make sure you get the most up-to-date version available.Back To Top
Which edition should I choose: Standard or California?
The Standard edition of our courses contains information about federal tax law and is applicable to all US tax preparers. A California edition is available for our Comprehensive and Small Business I courses, which includes all the information of our Standard editions but adds a California state tax law supplement. If you’ll be filing returns for California residents and businesses, choose California. Otherwise, choose Standard.Back To Top
What grades do I need to pass the course?
A 70% minimum cumulative grade point average is required to pass each course module. This includes all graded assignments, quizzes, and final exams. Certificates of completion are awarded for each course module successfully completed; however, an overall course certificate of completion is awarded only if all related course modules are successfully completed. Certificates of Completion are emailed upon successful completion with a final passing grade of 70% or greater. You must successfully complete each section before you are able to move on to the next one.
If you’re unable to finish any graded assignment in one sitting, you can always save your place and sign off (just be sure NOT to click ‘submit all and finish’). When you sign back in you’ll be able to continue from where you left off. If you’d like, you can download any assignment to complete offline, and then input the answers when you have time.Back To Top
What happens once I complete my course?
Upon successful completion of the course, our school administrators will review your progress and you will receive a Certificate of Completion by The Income Tax School (ITS). We will also report your credits to the IRS and CTEC (if applicable), provided you have submitted an active Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) to us. Click here for information on how to obtain an active PTIN
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I’m buying a course on behalf of someone else, what should I do?
For business owners operating their own tax school who wish to license our courses for their students: email email@example.com or call 1-800-984-1040.
Many customers come to us and are buying a course or seminar for someone else. They could be buying the course for their spouse, or a business owner purchasing for an employee(s), or an employee signing up for a course that their employer is paying for. In those cases, use the following steps:
- Select your course(s)
- Proceed to checkout
- Fill the billing address and payment fields with the information of the person paying for the course.
- In the Additional Comments section: enter the names and emails of the person(s) taking the course(s)
Example: Jane is a business owner who wants to purchase the Comprehensive Tax Course for Megan and the CTP Program for Jeff. Jane puts both the Comprehensive course and the CTP Program in her cart and proceeds to checkout. Jane enters her information for the Name, Email, Billing Address, and credit card info, then specifies “Megan Smith – Comprehensive course. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeff Jones – CTP Program. Email: email@example.com” in the Additional Comments section.
Jane will receive a receipt of purchase by email and will be given login credentials of her own by default. Our school administrators will then manually create student accounts for Megan and Jeff and add their respective courses to their accounts. Please allow up to 2 business days for this to take place.
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