Tax Preparation Specialist

Program Description

The Tax Preparation Specialist technical certificate is designed to provide entry-level skills for tax preparers. Topics include principles of accounting, tax accounting, business calculators, mathematics, and basic computer skills.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Major Code: TPS1
  • Award Level: Technical Certificate of Credit
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 16

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Course Expiration

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in Accounting, the following courses must be taken five years prior to graduation:

  • ACCT 1115—Computerized Accounting
  • ACCT 1120—Spreadsheet Applications
  • ACCT 1125— Individual Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 1130—Payroll Accounting

Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First TermACCT 1100Financial Accounting I4
ACCT 1125Individual Tax Accounting3
Choose One: Required
COLL 1500College Success & Career Exploration3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3

Second TermACCT 2120Business Tax Accounting3
*Accounting Elective3

Electives*Specific Occupational electives:
ACCT 2140Legal Environment of Business3
ACCT 2145Personal Finance3
ACCT 2150Principles of Auditing3
ACCT 2155Principles of Fraud Examination3
Example tax forms.

Program Advisor
Dr. Curtis Crocker
Program Coordinator

Kwabena Banahene

Career and Academic Planning
Breanna Sidney
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107