Comprehensive Tax Course

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FOR BEGINNERS

Learn to prepare taxes for the general public:

  • Form 1040 individual, non-business taxpayers
  • Small business taxpayers, (self-employed/Schedule C)
  • Learn to research tax issues

Product Description


Please note:

  • This course is not a webinar

  • Guide to Start and Grow Your Successful Tax Business is non-refundable

  • Free AFTR course only available when IRS releases access

  • We provide all students with a free Tax Law Update once the IRS issues updates

Course features:

  • Online, self-study beginner tax course
    • Study anywhere/anytime with an internet connection
    • No prerequisites required
  • All reading material is viewable online with optional PDF downloads
    • Printed and bound books are an optional add-on for a fee
  • 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
  • Approved by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
    • We report your credit hours to the IRS

 


About the course:

  • Total of 20 chapters
    • 4 modules, 5 chapters per module
  • Total of 60 CE credit hours
  • 6 months from date of registration to complete the course.
    • Extensions can be purchased if more time is needed.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare most individual tax returns
  • Perform a thorough interview with a taxpayer
  • Determine a taxpayer’s filing status and eligibility for exemptions
  • Accurately report income and deductions for a taxpayer
  • Determine a taxpayer’s eligibility for credits and deductions
  • Complete Schedules C-EZ, C and E
  • Compute depreciation for assets and eligibility for Section 179
  • Accurately calculate a taxpayer’s refund or balance due
  • Advise a taxpayer in tax planning strategies
  • Become a California CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (if you complete the CA Edition)

Topics Include:

  • 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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Comprehensive tax course FAQs

How are your courses designed and delivered?

Our income tax courses are online and self-study. There is no audio or visual content, therefore they are not considered webinars. There will be online reading material, learning activities, study questions, quizzes, and tests throughout the course.Back To Top

When can I start the course?

Our income tax courses are all open enrollment. You can register and start the course as soon as you receive your login information. To receive your login:

  • You will receive a “Course Product Key” email after your online purchase. This is a separate email from your Order Confirmation.
  • Follow the link on the Product key email and enter in the 20-digit code.
  • User logins are issued automatically after the Product Key is registered. You user login information will then be sent to you in a subsequent email.

*Make sure to check your spam/junk folders if you can not locate our emails in your inbox.**Back To Top

How much time do I have to complete a tax course?

All of our online tax courses are completely at your own pace. The term for the Comprehensive course is 6 months from date of registration. Students who do not finish the course within the allotted time frame may extend their term for a nominalreinstatement fee. The time spent on each chapter will vary per person; you should expect to spend around 6-9 hours per chapter to read the chapter and the reading assignment, to complete lesson problems, and to complete homework assignments.Back To Top

How long will it take to complete a tax course?

You are able to set your own pace. For the Comprehensive Course, we recommend that you complete two chapters per week, so you may finish in 10 weeks. If your other commitments are less, you could finish even sooner. You should complete at least a minimum of one chapter per week in order to finish before the 6 month expiration date.Back To Top

How much time should I allow for each online lesson?

The time spent on each chapter will vary per person; you should expect to spend around 6-9 hours per chapter to read the chapter and the reading assignment, to complete lesson problems, and to complete homework assignments.Back To Top

Do I have to buy additional materials?

It is optional to purchase the course with books. All tax course text material and required reference material is available online with access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hard copies of the text books are available for an additional fee. These materials provide students the option to read offline. Hard copies save the students money and time by not having to print the text. Students opt to purchase the COMPREHENSIVE textbooks-which has 4 modules with a total of more than 1,000 pages- for convenience, as well as for future reference since the online text will not be available after the course expiration date. Any hard copy tax course materials will ship within 1 business day of your registration via UPS Ground or USPS. Alternative and international shipping methods are available for a fee. You must provide a physical street address, no P.O. Boxes.Back To Top

Which edition should I choose; Standard or California?

California residents are required to complete 60-hours of qualifying tax education from a CTEC Approved Provider to become a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP). Our CA edition of the Comprehensive tax course includes an addition California state supplement to go with the federal tax law topics and is approved by CTEC for qualifying education.If you are not planning to become a tax preparer in CA, you will simply need the Standard edition, which includes only the federal tax laws.

What are the system requirements in order to take your online course?

In order to take our online courses, you must have access to the Internet (high speed internet access is recommended). You can access the course contents from any web-enabled device. You do not have to use the same computer to log-in to the course every time. Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF versions for print of the online reading material.

How will I know how I am doing?

With the online courses, students receive instant feedback on the accuracy of each homework assignment, quiz, and exam. Students must successfully pass each chapter (70% is passing) before they can move on to the next one. When students have a question or comment, they have a direct link to send an e-mail to our instructor support. Instructors will respond within two business days at maximum. Each student has access to instructors for one-on-one interaction. Instructors are available (via email or phone by appointment) to answer any course questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the topics they teach.Back To Top

I just registered and got my user login. I am excited to get started but was wondering if you recommend I wait for my book?

You can wait if you want to; however, everything you need is available online. The book is a great tool to have while taking the course so you don©t have to print everything out. It is also a great reference after you finish the course. Feel free to start your course now and just download anything you need until your book comes. It should only be a few days.Back To Top

Will I be able to complete an online assignment more than once?

You will be allowed 2 attempts for chapter quizzes/tests and 1 attempt for final exams. You must successfully complete each section (70% is passing) before you are able to move on to the next one.Back To Top

What happens if I am unable to complete my online assignment in one sitting?

If you are in the middle of a graded assignment, you can simply save your place and sign off (just be sureNOTto click “submit all and finish”). When you sign back in you will be able to click “Continue the Last Attempt” and you will be able to continue your graded assignment from exactly where you left off. To make things easier for our students, we recommend downloading the assignment and completing it offline. Then all a student has to do is input the correct answers online.Back To Top

How will I be notified if there is a correction for my online course?

Corrections to your student text will be posted in the Updates & Corrections forum in each course, at the beginning of each chapter.Back To Top

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from The Income Tax School via email. You must obtain a final passing grade of 70% or greater to be awarded a certificate. Once you complete your course, please click on the link within your course to request a certificate. Your certificate request will be processed and you will receive the certificate automatically via email.Back To Top

Do you report my credits to the IRS and CTEC(if applicable)?

Yes, The Income Tax School is required to report CE completions for the first 3 quarters of the calendar yearonce per quarter.

  • CE courses completed January 1- March 30- reported March 31
  • CE courses completed April 1- June 29- reported June 30
  • CE courses completed July 1- September 29- reported September 30
  • Beginning October 1st, The Income Tax School reports CE completion every 10 days through the end of the calendar year.

CTEC requires reporting every 10 days throughout the calendar year for both Continuing Education and Qualifying education.Back To Top

How does The Income Tax School compare to other tax schools?

We cannot comment on the courses offered by other tax schools. However, we can tell you how our courses differ from many of our competitors. The Income Tax School (ITS) curriculum developers and instructors are all experienced and practicing tax professionals, which ensures that our courses provide practical knowledge that can be applied by graduates in their tax practices. ITS is certified by the State Council of Education for Virginia (SCHEV) as a private career school and has been operating for more than 20 years (since 1989). Our founder and CEO has been a tax industry executive for more than 40 years and has managed hundreds of tax preparation offices employing thousands of tax preparers in several states. Our course content goes through rigorous editing processes and is high quality.Back To Top

Is The Income Tax School an eligible education institution that can issue college credit for the Lifetime Learning Credit under Internal Revenue Code?

The Income Tax School is not an eligible educational institution as defined by the IRS. Our students are not eligible for education credits.Back To Top

What type of jobs are offered after completing the course?

Upon completion of the COMPREHENSIVE tax course, most students elect to either work for a company or start their own tax business. Those who choose to work for a company have found success locating job positions in the US on sites such as Snagajob.com, Indeed.com and Craigslist. Many students have found The Income Tax School white paper on a career as a tax professional have given them good pointers for this career path. If you are contemplating starting your own tax business, we recommend you also check out the “How To Start Your Own Tax Business© page on our website. and other resources available to assist you. You can use this information to help you start and grow a successful tax practice without franchise fees or royalties, whether you want to start a home-based or brick and mortar tax business. You can also look at our advanced and continuing education course catalog if you wish to further your tax education knowledge.Back To Top

Do you provide the answer keys to study questions and learning activities?

Per IRS and NASBA guidelines, we are unable to provide Answer Keys to the these items. However, if you have a particular question(s), for which you need clarification or have an incorrect answer, we can provide the answer(s). We would not provide the answer(s) until you have moved on to the next assignment and you would not be allowed to go back and change your answers. Please note, we will not provide answers to any quiz or exam questions at any time.Back To Top

Refund Policy

The Refund Policy below is applicable only for courses students purchase directly from The Income Tax School or Peoples Income Tax School. Students who purchase any courses through third party schools or other organizations must address all refund issues with the entity through which they made that purchase. Please note: Operator©s Starter Kit, License Renewal, Tax Practice Management Manuals (Marketing, Policies and Procedures, Personnel, and Expansion), the Guide to Start and Grow Your Successful Tax Business, and the two Business Start-up Guides are non-refundable.

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64 reviews for Comprehensive Tax Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paola Escayola (verified owner)

    Highly recommended. The courses are wonderful ; manuals, activities, resources, updates, and instructors are truly supportive, encouragement and good guidance are part of success and you will find it here. Every time a challenge is achieved, I move from zero to a new skill or knowledge. Definitely, I will continue my journey with them.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Davi Payne (verified owner)

    I’m half way through the tax course and what a wonderful experience it has been! I have learned so much and they give you the tools to understand everything. Their customer support is top notch and an instructor always emails you back pretty quickly when you have a question! I strongly recommend paying for the books on the side. I did a lot of research before choosing this tax school and I am glad I chose them!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaret Lindgren (verified owner)

    Have you looked at the instructions for the 1040 IRS return? It’s an overwhelming book of tiny print! This class has been very helpful and thorough in its presentation of our tax code and how to use it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the tax laws. There are great learning activities and exercises that help make the step by step filling out of a tax return easier to accomplish. The instructors are readily available and have answered all of my questions quickly. Anytime I’ve needed more clarification, they have been quick to provide it. I’m excited to continue into my future more prepared to handle my own business tax preparation as well as offer my services to others. It’s a great tool for learning a complex system.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry (verified owner)

    Highly recommend. Instructors are terrific. Tough and demanding course. You will be prepared when you finish!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheila W.

    I have enrolled in the Income Tax School Comprehensive course and would like to say, I am very impressed with the organization of the course, the detail of the information covered and the ease of navigating this course. I ordered the Module Books to go along with the course and everything has flown very smooth. I am impressed at the ability to contact teachers with questions and the updates shown at the beginning of each chapter for minor errors (mostly updated info in the course vs the manuals) This course, so far, has given a big bang for the buck & I would highly recommend it.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I am really enjoying these courses. It is hard, but the curriculum does a great job both in the way it is written and the order that concepts are presented.

  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kay

    I work in an accounting office. Your course covers a lot of important information and you learn a lot. The only problem is in the tax world you are expected to make none or very few mistakes and your site should be the same. Besides that I have found the instructors I worked with very pleasant and thoughtful.

    Dear Kay,
    We appreciate you taking time to contact us regarding your experience with our course. We know there are errors in the course and are working to post the corrections. First, allow me to apologize for the frustration that you have felt. This is not the normal standard operation of our school. We were required to make tremendous changes to our curriculum this year due to changes in the requirements from a couple of our approving bodies. This resulted in multiple errors due to the massive number of changes that were made. Please understand, this is in no way an excuse.

    We are working to get all of the corrections posted to avoid this issue going forward. The person who normally makes our corrections, retired and is no longer with our company; her absence has been a huge void to fill. We have someone currently working on getting corrections posted, but there has been a learning curve. We are working to get this done as soon as possible in hopes of easing the frustration for students going forward.
    Sincerely, Sheila Clark The Income Tax School Inc., Director

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis M. Killmer

    I would like to say a few words about a couple of GREAT instructors you have at your school. Ms. Colyer and Mr Brindle were my rock. They were so helpful. When I was stuck, they would review my work (which is not easy) and send it back with corrections. One thing I liked is they never gave me an answer. They made me work for the answer, but guided me in the right direction. I have to tell you, I was about to give up so many times. I started off real good, and thought…oh this is going to be easy… Well, did I ever get a wake up call. There were times when I just said I can’t do this anymore. I would voice my comments to Ms. Colyer or Mr Brindle, and they would respond with such positive replies that just made me want to continue. I can’t tell you what this means. They would push me so much, I actually felt like they cared, and they wanted me to succeed. And guess what, I DID! I finished, and I have to tell you its ALL because of them. They are both extraordinary people and GREAT if not the BEST Instructors you have and I have to tell you if it was not for them I would have never completed this course. I would like to praise Ms Colyer and Mr Brindle for their help, for their knowledge and for their patience with me, and because as I said, if not for them I would have never received this certificate of completion. THANKS MS COLYER AND MR BRINDLE.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis M. Killmer

    I would like to say a few words about a couple of GREAT instructors you have at your school. Ms. Colyer and Mr Brindle were my rock. They were so helpful. When I was stuck, they would review my work (which is not easy) and send it back with corrections. One thing I liked is they never gave me an answer. They made me work for the answer, but guided me in the right direction. I have to tell you, I was about to give up so many times. I started off real good, and thought…oh this is going to be easy… Well, did I ever get a wake up call. There were times when I just said I can’t do this anymore. I would voice my comments to Ms. Colyer or Mr Brindle, and they would respond with such positive replies that just made me want to continue. I can’t tell you what this means. They would push me so much, I actually felt like they cared, and they wanted me to succeed. And guess what, I DID! I finished, and I have to tell you its ALL because of them. They are both extraordinary people and GREAT if not the BEST Instructors you have and I have to tell you if it was not for them I would have never completed this course. I would like to praise Ms Colyer and Mr Brindle for their help, for their knowledge and for their patience with me, and because as I said, if not for them I would have never received this certificate of completion. THANKS MS COLYER AND MR BRINDLE.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Migdalia

    I LOVE your courses! Flexible, simple, and forces you to read the IRS publications. I’m working on my BA in Accounting (will be done in a year) and this course helped me fly through the tax courses like a breeze!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Migdalia

    I LOVE your courses! Flexible, simple, and forces you to read the IRS publications. I’m working on my BA in Accounting (will be done in a year) and this course helped me fly through the tax courses like a breeze!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nitin

    The Comprehensive Tax Course was everything that I wanted. It was a great course, that went into great detail, and was easy to follow. As a train commuter, I benefited from having the printed out textbook, so I didn’t have to bring a laptop with me. I suggest doing this if it works for you. I was very happy with the number of returns that I was able to do in the course. This was great practice for real world situations.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    This course was great… This is extremely hard work. When i started i thought this was easy. Plus the instructors are TOP NOTCH!!!! I have had many struggles and if it was not for my instructor I would have not gotten this far. Name will be provided if requested.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wyatt

    I have taken The Income Tax School Basic, Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II classes and thought they were excellent! The Income Tax School lead me to pass the SEEs and become and Enrolled Agent. Their pricing is also very reasonable. I will always recommend The Income Tax School for furthering your education.

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