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 and Henry Campuses
  • 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 Faculty
Dr. Curtis Crocker
(770) 412-5714

Amy Morales-Garcia, M.B.A.
(770) 467-6040

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