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Enrolled Agent One-Year Certificate

Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
BUS124  Business Analysis with Algebra
ACC130  Business Law & Ethics
ACC132  Financial Accounting
ACC124  Individual Taxation
AOT226  Spreadsheet Microsoft Excel
ENG124  College Composition
ACC228  Business Taxation
ACC239  Estate & Income Tax Planning


Preparing tax returns is becoming more and more complicated. The potential penalties and interest for return preparation mistakes can be expensive. This has created a need for qualified tax preparers. This is evidenced by the growth of tax preparation companies, such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt.

Only three professions, attorney, certified public accountant and enrolled agent, can represent a taxpayer before the Internal Revenue Service.

For the person who wants to prepare tax returns without taking all the additional course study required to become an attorney or a certified public accountant, this certificate and passing the Enrolled Agent Exam administered by the IRS, satisfies that need. It is a tax-oriented curriculum with the emphasis on taxation.

The curriculum covers individual tax, corporate and business taxes, non-profit taxation and estate and income tax planning. The capstone course of Advanced Taxation Topics will be a summary of all prior courses. The next step is to sit for the Enrolled Agent Examination, administrated by the Internal Revenue Service.

The goal is that graduates will sit for and pass the Enrolled Agent Examination. Upon passing the examination, the graduate will be able to be employed by a tax return preparation company or a certified public accounting firm. The entrepreneur should be able to start a tax return preparation business.