Course Code: GES220
Master an understanding of how to prepare taxes for individuals in California. This section of the course will take a deep look into the W-2 and 1099 forms.
Learn about the many regulations and exceptions that your future clients may be eligible for. Understand employee business expenses as well as California business and professional codes.
Explore the basic income tax module as well as the intermediate income tax module. Understand accounting ethics and study the different laws that affect tax laws in California.
Move on to study the advanced income tax module, including auto expenses, self-employment tax, capital gains and losses, and more.
Receive an introduction to small business tax preparation. Understand various business types, accounting methods, and financial statements. You’ll also learn about various kinds of taxes including employee, excise, estate, and more.
Complete the course by understanding the balance sheet, and studying partnership and corporation issues. You’ll also study general business credits, tax issues related to business, and the financial side of selling or liquidating a business.
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.
A high school diploma or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course. 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.
If you are taking this course to begin a career in taxation you will need to meet the following requirements:
Please note that your continuing education requirements will begin once your PTIN has been issued.
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 course for your convenience and future reference.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following materials will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
The Income Tax School (ITS) is a national leader in tax preparation programs and training. ITS publishes educational materials as well as management manuals and webinars. The school also offers numerous tax training courses, such as continuing education seminars and tax certificate programs. Its Chartered Tax Certificate Program can help you master complicated tax preparation concepts and will give you a competitive advantage with any employer—and you can prepare for it through a certified course with us.
Yes, ed2go courses are online, so you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive eighteen (18) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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Our courses in income tax preparation are available for home study online, anywhere, anytime, 24/7. The courses are interactive, with instructional feedback and support from qualified instructors provided by e-mail. Everything you need to complete each course is available online, including the student text. The hard copy of the course 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 course), 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 courses.
You can 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’s 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.
Yes. This course qualifies for CPE credit for CPAs.
Yes. This California version of our CTP course 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.
This California CTP course is approved by CTEC as a qualifying course for California. There are additional requirements to become a tax preparer in California. Please visit CTEC Web site for more information.
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.
Once you’ve successfully completed each course (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 courses with an average grade of 80% or more and have documented the 500 hours experience needed to qualify for the CTP designation.
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 extent 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.