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Chartered Tax Professional

A Chartered Tax Professional (CTP) is someone who has completed a specific series of tax courses in individual and small business income tax preparation. This nationally recognized innovative online certificate program enables students to start working and earning money while completing coursework toward the CTP professional credential.

After successfully completing the first course in the CTP certificate program, you will be qualified to prepare individual tax returns for almost all U.S. taxpayers and will also have the tax knowledge to successfully pass the IRS Competency Exam. A CTP is also able to prepare returns for small business corporations and partnership and more complex sole proprietorships. 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 coveted EA credential to your professional designation as a CTP.

18 Months / 180 Course Hrs
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Chartered Tax Professional

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Chartered Tax Professional Details + Objective

Course Code: GES219

You Will Learn
  • Master preparing taxes for individuals, small businesses, partnerships, and sole proprietorships
  • Prepare for the IRS Enrolled Agent exam
  • Learn how to conduct a professional tax preparation client interview
  • Practice and work as a qualified tax professional
  • Learn how to prepare tax returns for all individual U.S. taxpayers
  • Understand the ethical responsibilities of tax professionals
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 180 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Start working and earning money after completing the first two modules of the course
  • Develop a professional vocabulary and the communication skills required to flourish in the accounting world
  • Become qualified to prepare taxes for a variety of tax-holders and small companies
  • Possess the necessary knowledge and skillset required to pass the IRS Enrolled Agent exam

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Chartered Tax Professional Outline
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Comprehensive Income Tax Course (for Individuals)

Learn a detailed account of how to file an individual’s income tax return. You’ll cover forms W-2, 1099, and 1040 in detail.

Deductions, Benefits, and Expenses (for Individuals)

Master identifying potential deductions, benefits, and expenses for your client. Learn how to best report investments, assets, and retirement plans.

Advanced Income Tax Course (for Individuals)

Understand the fundamentals of tax preparation before moving on to advanced income tax best practices. Cover things like special credits, capital gains, sale of stock, and more.

Advanced Income Tax Course – Level II (for Individuals)

Learn about unique tax situations that require special attention such as net operating losses, tax issues for divorced taxpayers, tax issues for high-income taxpayers, and more.

Income Tax Course – Level I (for Small Businesses)

Discover the best practices for preparing taxes for small businesses. Review various business types and accounting methods so you’ll be better prepared to advise future clients.


Income Tax Course – Level II (for Small Businesses)

Master dealing with partnership and corporation issues. Understand the sales and liquidations of business and how it pertains to accounting. Cover what to do when your client owes the IRS and how to correct or amend past business returns.

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Chartered Tax Professional Instructors
Peoples Income Tax, Inc.

Instructor support is provided through e-mail by experienced practicing tax professionals employed by Peoples Income Tax, Inc., a sister company of The Income Tax School.

Prerequisites / Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is a prerequisite for this program. Accounting and specific math skills aren't required, just the aptitude to work with numbers and people and to read and interpret the tax laws.

This program is suitable for all adults who seek a fast track to a professional white-collar career. Tax preparation is especially appealing to those who would enjoy helping other people by making the intimidating task of tax preparation a pleasant experience, while saving their clients money by minimizing their tax liabilities. 

If you are taking this course to begin a career in taxation you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete Comprehensive Tax Course (located within program)
  • Register with the IRS and get a PTIN
  • Begin preparing tax returns as a tax preparer

Please note that your continuing education requirements will begin once your PTIN has been issued.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. Each of the four modules is accompanied by a student text. The entire text is provided online; however, hard copies of student texts are also provided at the start of each program for your convenience and future reference. You will receive the following materials:

  • Federal Forms
  • Federal Worksheets
  • Instructions
  • Publication
  • Tax Preparer Resources
Chartered Tax Professional Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive eighteen (18) months to complete the program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Are your tax programs something that an individual can study and do at home on their own, like a correspondence program? If so, are all the materials needed included? What does each program cost? How long does it take to complete each program?

Our programs in income tax preparation are available for home study online, anywhere, anytime, 24/7. The programs are interactive, with instructional feedback and support from qualified instructors provided by e-mail. Everything you need to complete each program is available online, including the student text. The hard copy of the program isn’t a requirement; all materials needed are downloadable. However, we do include a hard copy so all students have it for future reference and for convenience.

After successfully completing the COMPREHENSIVE course (the first course in the Chartered Tax Professional program), you’ll be able to prepare most individual tax returns for the general taxpaying public. You can gain practical experience while completing the advanced and small business tax programs.

I just registered yesterday and got my user ID and password today. I'm excited to get started but was wondering if you recommend I wait for my book?

You can if you want to; however, everything you need is available online. The book is a great tool to have while taking the program so you don’t have to print everything out. It’s also a great reference after you finish the program. Feel free to start your program now and just download anything you need until your book comes. It should only be a few days.

How up-to-date are your programs?

Our income tax programs have been or are in the process of being updated to cover the 2015 tax laws. As you know, the new tax laws that will affect 2016 tax returns have not been finalized as of yet. The 2016 laws usually become final in the last couple months of the year. We will issue tax law updates around the beginning or middle or December. The updates will detail the tax law changes for 2016. This allows you to take the current 2015 tax law program and become familiar with the tax laws as they are enacted for 2016. Just to note, all taxes using 2015 information done in 2016 use 2015 tax law. The practice problems in our program allow you time to apply the knowledge as you learn. The tax law updates provide the enhancement necessary to prepare you for the upcoming tax year. There is no additional cost for the tax law updates.

Does this program qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit?

Yes. This program qualifies for CPE credit for CPAs.

What makes your program different from your competitors?

While many tax programs available focus mostly on theory, our programs are written and taught by veteran tax professionals who work year-round preparing taxes for the general public with Peoples Income Tax, Inc. Because our programs are written by tax professionals working in the tax industry every day, the material incorporates many real-life examples and truly enables the student to prepare taxes for the general public.

Are you approved by CTEC?

Yes. We have a California version of our CTP Program that includes the curriculum approved by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) for qualifying education required for tax preparers to become licenses to practice in California.

What program should I take to become a tax preparer in California?

The California CTP Program is approved by CTEC as a qualifying program for California. There are additional requirements to become a tax preparer in California. Please visit CTEC Web site for more information.

What is the actual response time to have questions answered by the instructor?

Instructors will respond within one business day, maximum.

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

Yes. You must successfully complete each section with a score of 70% or better before you're able to move on to the next one.

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

Corrections to your student text will be posted in the program Web site.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

Once I complete the program, how will I receive my certificate?

Once you’ve successfully completed each program (and your final exam has been graded), you’ll need to fill out the Request for Certificate of Completion. Your instructor will then provide you with a certificate of completion by mail. Your CTP certificate will be issued after you’ve completed all programs with an average grade of 80% or more and have documented the 500 hours experience needed to qualify for the CTP designation. 

How would you compare your school to other tax schools?

The Income Tax School is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) as a private career school and is subject to the same standards as Virginia colleges governed by SCHEV. We are also a sponsor of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to provide CPE for CPAs. We’re approved by the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Internal Revenue Services as provider of qualifying continuing education for IRS Registration Tax Return Preparers (RTRPs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs). This approval does not extend to licensees of The Income Tax School. We’re approved by the Oregon Board of Tax Service Examiners.

The Income Tax School’s programs were developed initially 19 years ago to recruit and train tax prepares for our multi-office practice in Virginia. Our curriculum is written and updated annually be experienced practicing tax professionals. All of the Income Tax School’s programs are provided online in an interactive format with instructor support by e-mail rather than by traditional home-study correspondence. We provide learning objectives, lesson quizzes with instructional feedback, and auto-graded exams. Although all of the student textbook content is online, we also provide a hard copy of the student text for convenience and future reference at no additional charge. Our programs are high-quality and are designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to prepare tax returns professionally.

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