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Certificate of Skill Proficiency
Income Tax Preparer

This certificate is designed for individuals desiring to enter the tax preparation field with a minimum of course requirements. Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will possess the knowledge and practical experience necessary to prepare personal income taxes effectively. By completing the tax course, students will receive the qualifying education required by the California Tax Education Council to become a California Registered Tax Preparer.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ACCT 105 - Income Tax AccountingM4.0
ACCT 105 - Income Tax Accounting (4.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ACCT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course covers Federal and California State income tax laws and preparation as related to individuals and small business entities. Emphasis is placed upon income inclusion, exclusion, exemptions, capital gains and losses, and business and individual deductions. Students who successfully complete the course with at least a “C” grade will be certified by the California Tax Education Council as fulfilling the 60-hour qualifying education requirement (45 federal hours and 15 California hours) imposed by the State of California for becoming a Registered Tax Preparer.

ACCT 108 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program IM1.0
ACCT 108 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program I (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ACCT 105
Transfers to:CSU

This is the first course in a sequence of two courses designed for students who want to be a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Rio Hondo. This course will cover Federal and California tax theories and laws appropriate for the current tax year, and students will apply their knowledge by taking the IRS exams for VITA volunteers. Upon successful completion of the IRS VITA Basic and Intermediate exams, the students will be able to assist low income individuals and families with tax return preparation through the VITA program for the current year.

Total Semester Units:5.0 
2nd Semester
ACCT 109 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program IIM1.0
ACCT 109 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: ACCT 108
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This is the second course in a sequence of two courses designed for students who want to volunteer in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Rio Hondo. This course will allow students who have successfully passed ACCT 108 to apply their tax knowledge by assisting low income individuals and families with tax return preparation through the VITA program for the current year. Students will learn to use the TaxWise software to accurately file individual federal and state income tax returns within the scope of the VITA program. Students will learn how to develop a system of quality control for actual taxpayer returns as well as develop their communication skills through interviews of taxpayers and explanation of tax return results.

Total Semester Units:1.0 
Total Units for Income Tax Preparer COSP program 6.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will analyze and explain the federal and California state tax structures as they apply to individuals and small businesses.


2

Students will prepare federal and state income tax returns for individuals and small businesses.


3

Students will gather, identify, examine, sort, and classify information required for filing individual income tax returns.


4

Students will apply basic tax law and determine filing requirements for actual tax returns.


5

Students will use TaxWise software to accurately file individual federal and state income tax returns within the scope of the VITA program.


6

Students will develop a system of quality control for the tax preparation process.


7

Students will communicate effectively with taxpayers when explaining tax return results.


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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.

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Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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