Income Tax Form Preparation (SC)

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Cut Through the Confusion and Learn How to Prepare Income Tax Forms

Tax time always causes stress as people begin the process of filling out their state and federal tax forms. With a Skill Certificate in Income Tax Form Preparation, you will be able to handle your own taxes and quite possibly work for a company and help others. 

Income tax preparers are always in demand. Everyone has to pay taxes and with the tax codes changing every year, those not in the tax or accounting circles will miss financial opportunities that they otherwise could take advantage of.

With your math skills and knowledge of the tax codes, you will be an asset to any company needing support or leadership in their business office. 

Social service agencies also offer opportunities to help individuals complete their returns with professional income tax form preparers. You could volunteer in your community to help community members with this vital service.

Careers in Income Tax Form 

Here are some professions and their salaries you could have by receiving a Skill Certificate in Income Tax Form Preparation:

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $46,860/year   $22.53/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 3% increase

68,090

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents determine how much is owed in taxes and collect tax from individuals and businesses on behalf of the government.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $54,440/year  $26.17/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed No change

58,200

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $70,500/year $33.89/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

90,700

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Income Tax Form 

You can get a Skill Certificate through LASC’s Income Tax Form Preparation program where you will learn the tax code, know how to research tax issues for your employer or clients, and understand the state and federal tax systems so you can ensure each client is getting what they have a right to:

  • Sharpen your accounting skills and use them in a focused situation to help clients navigate completing their taxes.
  • You will understand a detailed topic that is critical to our daily lives. Using that knowledge you will be able to help your employer or clients position themselves for tax advantages while upholding the law according to the tax codes.
  • Gain extensive knowledge about our tax systems and the process for preparing and filing taxes in order to help your company or clients ensure they are not over or underpaying the state and federal government.
  • Check for upcoming events, business and job fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to network with community leaders and local business owners to find potential career opportunities as an office or administrative assistant.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university. You’ll save money that you can put towards getting your bachelor’s degree by completing your first two years at LASC!

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Skill Certificate in Income Tax Form Preparation, and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 502.02

Total Units Required: 17

After you successfully complete this certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Prepare and assemble federal and California individual income tax returns.
  • Know where to go to research federal and state tax issues.
  • Advise and assist individual clients with federal and state income tax returns and tax planning.
Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I 
5
ACCTG 15 Tax Accounting I    3
BUS 1 Introduction to Business    3
BUS 38 Business Computations  3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Office Applications: Spreadsheet   3
TOTAL UNITS 17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career in income tax preparation? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your future:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services or opportunities you can be a part of. Your academic counselor can help you create a plan to meet your career goals.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the Toastmasters, and find out what other opportunities LASC has through the Career Transfer / Pathways & Jobs Center, like on campus career fairs, networking events, and how-to workshops. These activities create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to learning about the development of business and new technologies within income tax and accounting.

Clubs & Organizations 

Make the most with your time at LASC and get experience while meeting with others working towards a career in business:

Program Learning Outcomes 

After you successfully complete this certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Prepare and assemble federal and California individual income tax returns.
  • Know where to go to research federal and state tax issues.
  • Advise and assist individual clients with federal and state income tax returns and tax planning.