Individual Taxation Certificate

Division: Business and Computer Information Systems


The Individual Taxation Certificate is designed for individuals interested in becoming a specialist in individual income tax preparation and become a "Certified Tax Preparer" in the state of California. This program includes everything you need to know to file both federal and California taxes for individuals and sole-proprietor businesses. The income tax course will not only fulfill the 60-hour requirement to become a Certified Tax Preparer, but it will also provide a strong foundation of knowledge in tax preparation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course taken. This certificate requires 17-20 units.

Required Courses (9 units):
ACCT 101AFFinancial Accounting5
or ACCT 102HF Honors Financial Accounting
ACCT 220 FIndividual Income Tax4
Restricted Electives (8-11 units):8-11
Analysis of Financial Statements3
Ethics in Accounting3
Corporate, Partnership, Estate and Trust Tax3
Excel for Accountants3
Forensics Accounting3
Accounting Internship2-4
Business Internship (formerly BUS 061 F)
Business Communications3
Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Writing for Business)
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Honors Writing for Business)
Introduction to Personal Computers4
Honors Introduction to Personal Computers
Total Units17-20

Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of personal income taxation to prepare individual income tax returns.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to identify tax-planning opportunities in order to advise clients of appropriate tax-savings strategies.