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Campus: Boulder County Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Tax Preparation Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two-semester) certificate in Tax Preparation and enter the workforce. Students explore reports and taxation processes for individuals and businesses. The Tax Preparation Certificate prepares students with the practical skills needed to perform income tax preparation for individuals, corporations, estates, and trusts. This program provides entry-level career opportunities upon completion. Careers will allow students to work in business, industry, government, and other organizations.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 121Accounting Principles I


ACC 131Income Tax


ACC 132Tax Help Colorado


ACC 138Payroll and Sales Tax


Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 133Tax Help Colorado Practicum


ACC 231Business Taxation


BUS 217Business Communications and Report Writing


Total Credit Hours:7

Total Credit Hours: 19

Important Program Notes:

You must take ACC 132 in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. ACC 132 is offered at Westminster Campus in fall semester and ACC 133 is offered at Westminster Campus in the spring semester.

You must take BOTH ACC 138 and BUS 217 to successfully complete this certificate. Campus and Online course offerings vary by semester. You should take the course that is offered at your preferred campus or online depending on course availability.