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Online Tax Preparation Course

"Online Tax Preparation course" may not sound high stakes, but reconsider. Taxes are everywhere. All working adults and all businesses, large and small, must file their taxes at least once per year. That makes professional tax preparers a valuable commodity with ongoing sources of work—high stakes when it comes to your career choice. Our online Tax Preparation course gives you specialized skills, focusing on the essentials of preparing federal tax returns for individuals and small businesses. It also prepares you to take the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB) Tax Certification Exam.

Tax Preparer Online Curriculum

Our Tax Preparation Program covers the foundational skills that can help you take the next steps toward becoming a successful tax preparer while preparing to earn industry certification. You’ll learn how to prepare and file taxes for individuals and small businesses, calculate income for clients, and more. Your classes include:

  • Learning at Ashworth
  • Filing Status and Income Basics

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Professional certification

Our online Tax Preparation course includes the cost of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB) Tax Certification Exam, and your official certificate when you pass the exam. Certification validates your skills and identifies you as credible and qualified.

What you get

  • NACPB Tax Certification Exam (a $100 value)
  • Textbook: J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax
  • Digital access to J.K. Lasser supplements
  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

median salary

Tax Prep Job Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were approximately 82,370 jobs in this area as of 2022††.



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Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

A Tax Preparer will receive financial documents and prepare federal income tax returns for individuals and small businesses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics a Tax Preparer makes a median salary of $48,250 annually††.

Yes. The course content in our tax preparer training is designed to teach the knowledge and skills that professional tax preparers actually use on the job, in the real world. By the end of the course you should be ready to take the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers Tax Certification Exam, which we include as part of your training. Passing the exam will serve to validate what you have learned and can make you stand out from the crowd.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to complete your tax preparer training. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

Enroll in our online Tax Preparation course, or explore our range of affordable, flexible, and accredited career programs that can boost your business skills in similar areas.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Ashworth College has determined that the curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following states: California and Oregon

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