Chartered Tax Professional

180 Hours / 18 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

The Chartered Tax Professional (CTP) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons who typically advise clients on income tax situations.  After completing this comprehensive program, certificates will be prepared to handle almost any individual and small business income tax situation encountered.  Candidates must successfully complete a series of six 30-hour, computer-administered courses in income tax preparation. All courses are offered via the Internet and can be completed anywhere, anytime-24/7 – instructor support is included with each module.  Each module consists of ten 3-hour lessons and can be completed in 5-10 weeks (one or two lessons per week).

Courses Required to Earn: The Chartered Tax Professional Certificate and CTP® Designation

  • Basic Individual Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)
  • Intermediate Individual Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)
  • Advanced Individual Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)
  • Small Business Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)
  • Advanced Level II Individual Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)  
  • Small Business Level II Income Tax Preparation (30 hours)  

Course Outline:

Basic and Intermediate Income Tax Course

Combined this 20-lesson Course will give you a solid foundation in individual tax preparation, enabling you to complete all of the standard returns. This Course focuses on the majority of tax forms needed to complete tax returns for yourself and the general public. In the Course you should acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to complete federal income tax returns and research tax issues. Because "Practice makes perfect", the Course requires at least two tax returns prepared for most chapters. 

CPE Credit Eligibility:  60 hours of CPE Credit

Topics Include:

  • Electronic Filing
  • W-2 & 1099 Forms
  • Form 1040 (1040 EZ/A)
  • Interview Techniques
  • Filing Requirements
  • Filing Status
  • Exemptions & Dependents
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Due Diligence
  • Child Care & Tax Credits
  • Interest & Dividends
  • Other Income
  • Adjustments to Income
  • Moving Expenses  Itemized Deductions
  • Employee Business Expenses
  • Sale of Real Estate
  • Depreciation: MACRS & ACRS
  • Self-Employment
  • Rental Property
  • Capital Gains & Losses
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Education Expenses & Plans
  • IRAs & Retirements Plans
  • Ethics
  • Kiddie Tax
  • Taxpayer Relief Act of 1977
  • Tax Saving Ideas
Advanced Income Tax Course – Level I

If you are an enrolled agent, accountant, lawyer, financial planner, business owner, experienced tax preparer, or just interested in increasing your tax knowledge, the Advanced Course will enable you to prepare more complex individual tax returns. This Course provides the critical education and knowledge which make the graduates more competent and successful than their competitors.  Students normally enroll in this Course after completing the 10-week Comprehensive Income Tax Class and working at least one season as a tax preparer.

CPE Credit Eligibility:  30 hours of CPE Credit

Topics Include:

  • Earned Income Credit
  • Clergy
  • Investments
  • At Risk Rules
  • Passive Activities
  • Injured/Innocent Spouse
  • Tax/Special Credits
  • COGS/Business Start-Up
  • Depreciation
  • Amortization
  • Section 179
  • Employee Business Expense
  • Office in Home Auto Expenses
  • Self-Employment Tax
  • Statutory Employees
  • Capital Gains/Losses
  • Basis of Property
  • Sale of Stock
  • Installment Sales
  • Rental Properties
  • K-1s/1099s
  • Sale of Business Property
  • Estimated Taxes
  • Extensions
Introduction to Small Business Income Tax Course – Level

This Course is designed as an introduction to some of the issues involved in the preparation of tax returns for various forms of business entities, which will give you the information necessary to handle partnerships and corporations.

CPE Credit Eligibility: 30 hours of CPE Credit.

Topics Include:

  • Business Types
  • Accounting Methods
  • Financial Statements
  • Business Income
  • Schedule C
  • COGS/Inventory
  • Depreciation
  • Section 179 Deduction
  • Contractor vs. Employee
  • Sale of Business Property  Partnerships
  • Corporations - C, S, LLC
  • Employee Taxes
  • Excise Taxes
  • Estate Taxes
  • Extensions
  • Estimates
  • Employee Benefits
  • Retirement Plans
Advanced Income Tax Course – Level II

This Course is designed to enhance the knowledge and experience of tax practitioners.   Students normally enroll in this Course after completing the Comprehensive Income Tax Class, Advanced Level I and working at least one season as a tax preparer. This Course will give you the confidence to take on more complex returns by reinforcing your existing tax knowledge and building on it.  It is also suitable for a veteran preparer who needs to refresh his/her skills.  If you are an enrolled agent, accountant, lawyer, financial planner, business owner, experienced tax preparer, or just interested in increasing your tax knowledge, the Advanced Course Level II will enable you to prepare more complex individual tax returns. This Course provides the critical education and knowledge which make the graduates more competent and successful than their competitors.

Topics Include:

  • Amended Tax Returns for Individuals
  • Special Needs and Concerns of Seniors
  • Tax Issues for High Income Taxpayers
  • Net Operating Losses
  • Schedule D - Special Issues
  • Tax Issues for Divorced Taxpayers
  • Tax Planning Tips and Strategies
  • Responding to the IRS
  • Part-year Resident State Tax Preparation Principles
  • Nonresident Alien Returns - Form 1040NR
Small Business Income Tax Course – Level II

If you are comfortable with your knowledge of individual tax return preparation, the next step is Small Business Level II Income Tax Course. This Course is designed as an introduction to some of the issues involved in the preparation of tax returns for various forms of business entities, which will give you the information necessary to handle business returns with knowledge and confidence.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding the Balance Sheet
  • Partnership Issues
  • Corporation Issues
  • General Business Credits
  • Tax Issues Related to Buying a Business
  • Sale or Liquidation of Business
  • Profit or Loss From Farming - Schedule F
  • Amended or Corrected Business Returns
  • What to Do When You Owe the IRS?
  • Tax Preparation for Non-profits: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), etc.

All necessary materials are included.

Designation(s):

By successfully completing the exams in this course, students will earn the designation of Chartered Tax Professional (CTP).


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **