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Please Note: Our Federal Income Tax Course is only available to licensed tax preparation professionals. In order to enroll in our course you must have a current, valid and verifiable Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
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 Questions and Answers
What is The Tax College's Income Tax Course?
How much does the income tax course cost?
Am I required to buy your software to take the course?
How long will it take to complete the income tax course?
When can I enroll?
Will this income tax course teach me how to open my own tax preparation business?
What do I need to do to efile tax returns?
What if I want to learn about a specific area of tax preparation?
Do I need a high school or college diploma?
What are the prerequisites for taking this income tax course?
Who teaches The Tax College’s income tax course?
Must I obtain an IRS or State license or approval to prepare tax returns?
What is the scope of your income tax course?
What type of taxpayers can I expect to serve initially?
Will this income tax course teach me how to prepare returns for people that are self-employed?
Will this income tax course teach me how to prepare 1120 Corporation returns and other business returns?
Won't my training become obsolete as tax laws change?
Is your income tax course approved by the IRS?
Is your income tax course something that I can study at home on my own?
Does your income tax course qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE), Continuing Education (CE) or state credit?
What makes your income tax course different from your competitors?
Do I have to take an exam before I get my Certificate of Completion?
Once I complete the income tax course how will I receive my Certificate of Completion?
Do all tax preparers take an income tax course in order to work in the industry?
What is The Tax College's Income Tax Course?
The Tax College’s income tax course will teach you how to prepare individual income tax returns, from the fundamentals to more advanced tax topics. Our income tax course will get your tax preparation business started - even if you have little or no prior tax preparation experience. Once you purchase the 1040 ValuePak tax software we offer one-on-one assistance and professional tax software training to help you learn everything you need to know to start a tax preparation business and prepare taxes professionally. If you prefer to learn at your own pace, on your own time, from the convenience of your home or office, our income tax course is for you.
How much does the income tax course cost?
The Tax College’s income tax course is absolutely FREE! There is never any charge for tuition, books, supplies, or materials. If you purchase the 1040 ValuePak tax software you'll also receive an instructor to communicate with via telephone and e-mail.
Am I required to buy your software to take this course?
No. Our online course is absolutely free. No purchase is necessary.
How long will it take to complete the income tax course?
The income tax course consists of 30) daily information packed lessons. On average, each lesson usually takes about 60 minutes to complete. Homework assignments are optional, but highly recommended. You’ll set your own pace as this is a convenient home study course. There is no time frame or deadline by which you must complete the lessons. You are free to progress at whatever speed you find most suitable. If you complete one lesson per day you can open your tax preparation business in 30 days or less!
When can I enroll?
You can enroll in our income tax course between July and November 15th of each year. We are busy between December 1st and April 15th of each year. Therefore, telephone and email support will be unavailable after November 15th.
Will this income tax course teach me how to open my own tax preparation business?
Absolutely! Now you can start a tax preparation business in your home or office with our practical, in-depth, career-level income tax course designed to help you enter the tax preparation field. With our training and your skills you’ll have what it takes to start your own tax preparation business. Our home study income tax course will teach you everything you need to know to become a tax professional.
What do I need to do to efile tax returns?
You'll need to become an Authorized IRS e-file Provider by obtaining an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN). Visit the IRS at http://www.irs.gov. Click on the "for Tax Pros" button at the upper right of the IRS’s Home page. Then, under e-Filing Resources in the lower left border, click E-File Provider Info.

You'll need to call the IRS at 1-866-255-0654 to get your finger print card. The IRS's finger print card is unique and you can only use the one that they furnish. If you submit your application without their finger print card it'll be automatically rejected. So be sure to submit your application with the IRS's finger print card.

What if I want to learn about a specific area of tax preparation?
The course covers individual tax preparation (Form 1040) and small businesses (Schedule C) and gives you the foundation needed to launch your own tax preparation business and prepare tax returns professionally. If you decide to become a tax professional using our tax software you’ll receive ongoing tax education and training.
Do I need a high school or college diploma?
No, you do not have to have a high school or college diploma to take our income tax course. You probably already have what it takes to establish a successful and thriving tax preparation business – but just don’t know how to do it. That’s what you’ll learn in our income tax course.
What are the prerequisites for taking this income tax course?
You must be a United States citizen or Resident Alien (Green Card holder) to take our course. Knowledge of math is not necessary as this income tax course is fully integrated with our professional tax preparation software. Your computer will do all of the "number crunching". Experience or knowledge of tax preparation, bookkeeping or accounting is not necessary.
Who teaches The Tax College’s income tax course?
Our self-study income tax course is written by tax professionals with over 35 years experience.
Must I obtain an IRS or State license or approval to prepare tax returns?
As of June 1, 2016:
Federal:
In addition to an EFIN, you'll need a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
State:
California, Maryland, New York and Oregon require licensing of paid tax return preparers. In 46 states and the District of Columbia, paid tax return preparers are not required to have a state issued license.
What is the scope of your income tax course?
Our income tax course is designed to train you in federal income tax law and procedures so that upon completion you’ll have the knowledge and skill to prepare individual tax returns professionally.
What type of taxpayers can I expect to serve initially?
Most new tax preparers initially prepare income tax returns for low income and middle class salaried individuals who have few if any, investments, no outside income, and few deductions. These are the simple, routine type of tax returns that provide the bulk of the business for most new tax return preparers and the large national tax preparation franchise companies.

After you’ve been in the business a while you’ll probably begin to serve taxpayers with higher incomes and their sources of income will be varied. Some are likely to invest in stocks and bonds, and they usually own their own homes. They may also own rental property or have other real estate investments. They’ll have more tax deductions, too.

There are also self-employed business-persons, professionals, and farmers who, in addition to their personal tax returns, are required to file various business tax forms.

Will this income tax course teach me how to prepare returns for people that are self-employed?
Yes. There is a lesson in the income tax course that covers self-employment income and expenses.
Will this income tax course teach me how to prepare 1120 Corporation returns and other business returns?
This course covers individual tax return preparation (Form 1040, including Schedule C) and gives you the foundation needed to launch your own tax preparation business and prepare individual tax returns professionally. It does not cover corporation, partnership, fiduciary, estate, gift, or non-profit tax returns.
Won't my training become obsolete as tax laws change?
Not at all. If you become a user of our 1040 ValuePak professional tax software you’ll be updated regularly on any federal tax law changes.
Is your income tax course approved by the IRS?
WorldWideWeb Tax, Inc. is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider. The IRS does not approve individual courses.
Is your income tax course something that I can study at home on my own?
Yes, you’ll study our income tax course in the comfort and privacy of your own home or office, at your convenience. You won’t be tied to a rigid time frame and you won’t spend extra time and money traveling to and from classes. After successfully completing our income tax course you will be qualified to prepare individual income tax returns for the general public.
Does your income tax course qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE), Continuing Education (CE), or state credit?
Our Basic income tax course does not qualify for IRS Continuing Education credit. Our Advanced income tax course qualifies for ten (10) hours of IRS Continuing Education credit.
What makes your income tax course different from your competitors?
Our income tax course is written by tax professionals with real world experience as tax preparers, who deal with individual and small business taxpayers preparing their tax returns on a daily basis.

Because ours is the only income tax course that is fully integrated with a professional tax software program, even if you fail to pass our course you can still prepare tax returns professionally using the 1040 ValuePak’s Step-by-Step Interview, which asks you simple questions. You won’t even need to know which tax forms to use. 1040 ValuePak will select the correct tax forms for you and place your answers in the appropriate fields of the tax return. 1040 ValuePak completes the entire tax return for you! With our Step-by-Step Interview, if you can turn on a computer, you can be a professional tax preparer!

Do I have to take an exam before I get my Certificate of Completion?
Yes. Each lesson has an OPTIONAL Quiz. After completing Lesson 30 you'll take the REQUIRED Final Exam and you'll need to attain a passing grade of at least 70% prior to receiving your Certificate of Completion.
Once I complete the income tax course how will I receive my Certificate of Completion?
Once you have successfully completed the income tax course you will receive your Certificate of Completion by U.S. Mail. During the Continuing Education in-season (October - December), Certificates are mailed at the end of each month. During the off-season Certificates are mailed quarterly on or about March 31st, June 30th and September 30th.
Do all tax preparers take an income tax course in order to work in the industry?
No. In fact most don’t. But it’s a good idea to take an income tax course prior to launching your tax preparation business and preparing tax returns for the public so that you’ll have a solid understanding of the tax laws.
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