Comprehensive tax course FAQs

How are your courses designed and delivered?

Our income tax courses are online and self-study. There is no audio or visual content, therefore they are not considered webinars. There will be online reading material, learning activities, study questions, quizzes, and tests throughout the course.Back To Top

When can I start the course?

Our income tax courses are all open enrollment. You can register and start the course as soon as you receive your login information. To receive your login: *Make sure to check your spam/junk folders if you can not locate our emails in your inbox.**Back To Top

How much time do I have to complete a tax course?

All of our online tax courses are completely at your own pace. The term for the Comprehensive course is 6 months from date of registration. Students who do not finish the course within the allotted time frame may extend their term for a nominalreinstatement fee. The time spent on each chapter will vary per person; you should expect to spend around 6-9 hours per chapter to read the chapter and the reading assignment, to complete lesson problems, and to complete homework assignments.Back To Top

How long will it take to complete a tax course?

You are able to set your own pace. For the Comprehensive Course, we recommend that you complete two chapters per week, so you may finish in 10 weeks. If your other commitments are less, you could finish even sooner. You should complete at least a minimum of one chapter per week in order to finish before the 6 month expiration date.Back To Top

How much time should I allow for each online lesson?

The time spent on each chapter will vary per person; you should expect to spend around 6-9 hours per chapter to read the chapter and the reading assignment, to complete lesson problems, and to complete homework assignments.Back To Top

Do I have to buy additional materials?

It is optional to purchase the course with books. All tax course text material and required reference material is available online with access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hard copies of the text books are available for an additional fee. These materials provide students the option to read offline. Hard copies save the students money and time by not having to print the text. Students opt to purchase the COMPREHENSIVE textbooks-which has 4 modules with a total of more than 1,000 pages- for convenience, as well as for future reference since the online text will not be available after the course expiration date. Any hard copy tax course materials will ship within 1 business day of your registration via UPS Ground or USPS. Alternative and international shipping methods are available for a fee.Back To Top

Which edition should I choose; Standard or California?

California residents are required to complete 60-hours of qualifying tax education from a CTEC Approved Provider to become a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP). Our CA edition of the Comprehensive tax course includes an addition California state supplement to go with the federal tax law topics and is approved by CTEC for qualifying education.If you are not planning to become a tax preparer in CA, you will simply need the Standard edition, which includes only the federal tax laws.

What are the system requirements in order to take your online course?

In order to take our online courses, you must have access to the Internet (high speed internet access is recommended). You can access the course contents from any web-enabled device. You do not have to use the same computer to log-in to the course every time. Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF versions for print of the online reading material.

How will I know how I am doing?

With the online courses, students receive instant feedback on the accuracy of each homework assignment, quiz, and exam. Students must successfully pass each chapter (70% is passing) before they can move on to the next one. When students have a question or comment, they have a direct link to send an e-mail to our instructor support. Instructors will respond within two business days at maximum. Each student has access to instructors for one-on-one interaction. Instructors are available (via email or phone by appointment) to answer any course questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the topics they teach.Back To Top

I just registered and got my user login. I am excited to get started but was wondering if you recommend I wait for my book?

You can wait if you want to; however, everything you need is available online. The book is a great tool to have while taking the course so you don©t have to print everything out. It is also a great reference after you finish the course. Feel free to start your course now and just download anything you need until your book comes. It should only be a few days.Back To Top

Will I be able to complete an online assignment more than once?

You will be allowed 2 attempts for chapter quizzes/tests and 1 attempt for final exams. You must successfully complete each section (70% is passing) before you are able to move on to the next one.Back To Top

What happens if I am unable to complete my online assignment in one sitting?

If you are in the middle of a graded assignment, you can simply save your place and sign off (just be sureNOTto click "submit all and finish"). When you sign back in you will be able to click "Continue the Last Attempt" and you will be able to continue your graded assignment from exactly where you left off. To make things easier for our students, we recommend downloading the assignment and completing it offline. Then all a student has to do is input the correct answers online.Back To Top

How will I be notified if there is a correction for my online course?

Corrections to your student text will be posted in the Updates & Corrections forum in each course, at the beginning of each chapter.Back To Top

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from The Income Tax School via email. You must obtain a final passing grade of 70% or greater to be awarded a certificate. Once you complete your course, please click on the link within your course to request a certificate. Your certificate request will be processed and you will receive the certificate automatically via email.Back To Top

Do you report my credits to the IRS and CTEC(if applicable)?

Yes, The Income Tax School is required to report CE completions for the first 3 quarters of the calendar yearonce per quarter. CTEC requires reporting every 10 days throughout the calendar year for both Continuing Education and Qualifying education.Back To Top

How does The Income Tax School compare to other tax schools?

We cannot comment on the courses offered by other tax schools. However, we can tell you how our courses differ from many of our competitors. The Income Tax School (ITS) curriculum developers and instructors are all experienced and practicing tax professionals, which ensures that our courses provide practical knowledge that can be applied by graduates in their tax practices. ITS is certified by the State Council of Education for Virginia (SCHEV) as a private career school and has been operating for more than 20 years (since 1989). Our founder and CEO has been a tax industry executive for more than 40 years and has managed hundreds of tax preparation offices employing thousands of tax preparers in several states. Our course content goes through rigorous editing processes and is high quality.Back To Top

Is The Income Tax School an eligible education institution that can issue college credit for the Lifetime Learning Credit under Internal Revenue Code?

The Income Tax School is not an eligible educational institution as defined by the IRS. Our students are not eligible for education credits.Back To Top

What type of jobs are offered after completing the course?

Upon completion of the COMPREHENSIVE tax course, most students elect to either work for a company or start their own tax business. Those who choose to work for a company have found success locating job positions in the US on sites such as, and Craigslist. Many students have found The Income Tax School white paper on a career as a tax professional have given them good pointers for this career path. If you are contemplating starting your own tax business, we recommend you also check out the "How To Start Your Own Tax Business© page on our website. and other resources available to assist you. You can use this information to help you start and grow a successful tax practice without franchise fees or royalties, whether you want to start a home-based or brick and mortar tax business. You can also look at our advanced and continuing education course catalog if you wish to further your tax education knowledge.Back To Top

Do you provide the answer keys to study questions and learning activities?

Per IRS and NASBA guidelines, we are unable to provide Answer Keys to the these items. However, if you have a particular question(s), for which you need clarification or have an incorrect answer, we can provide the answer(s). We would not provide the answer(s) until you have moved on to the next assignment and you would not be allowed to go back and change your answers. Please note, we will not provide answers to any quiz or exam questions at any time.Back To Top