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Chartered Tax Professional for California Residents  

With this innovative online course, you can become qualified as a California Tax Preparer through the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) and start working and earning money while completing your course.

What you will learn

  • Practice as a qualified tax professional
  • Prepare tax returns for individuals, small businesses, corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors
  • Conduct a professional tax preparation client interview
  • Provide tax planning for individuals and small business owners
  • Meet the IRS e-File and due diligence requirements for tax practitioners
  • Understand the ethical responsibilities of tax professionals
  • Prepare for the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) exam

How you will benefit

  • Complete the modules of the CTP course and accumulate the required 500 hours of experience as a tax professional to qualify for the prestigious Chartered Tax Professional designation
  • Earn your CTP certificate
  • Gain the tax knowledge and experience to prepare for the IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) exam
  • Become qualified to prepare individual tax returns for almost all U.S. and California taxpayers


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following materials will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Federal Forms
  • Federal Worksheets
  • Instructions
  • Publication
  • Tax Preparer Resources

The Chartered Tax Professional for California Residents course will help you become qualified as a California Tax Preparer through the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). The course is composed of six modules in Federal income tax preparation that will prepare you for the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE), plus a California supplement. The Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) is a test that individuals can take to become an Enrolled Agent in the United States. The Enrolled Agent credential is issued and regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

After successfully completing the Federal and California lessons, you'll be qualified to prepare individual tax returns for almost all U.S. and California taxpayers.

Note: If you do NOT live in California, you aren't required to take this California version of the course. If you don't need to or don't wish to learn California tax preparation, you should take the regular Chartered Tax Professional course instead of the California version.

  1. California Income Tax Preparation
    1. California CTEC Income Tax Supplement
      1. Electronic Filing
      2. W-2 and 1099 Forms
      3. Form 540 and 540A
      4. Filing Requirements
      5. Filing Status
      6. Exemptions and Dependents
      7. Dependent Care and Tax Credits
      8. Various Sources of Income
      9. Additions and Subtractions from Income
      10. Itemized Deductions
      11. Resident and Nonresident Returns
      12. Employee Business Expenses
      13. Sale of Real Estate
      14. Depreciation: MACRS and ACRS
      15. Community Property Rules
      16. Self-Employment
      17. Rental Property
      18. Capital Gains and Losses
      19. Ethics
      20. Penalties
      21. Extensions
      22. Amended Returns
      23. Political Activity Expenses
      24. Withholding on Nonresident Sales of Real Property
      25. Common Law Test for Employment
      26. Statutory Employees
      27. Independent Contractor Reporting Requirements
      28. Credit for Taxes Paid to Other States
      29. California Business and Professional Code
  2. Individual Income Tax Preparation
    1. Basic Income Tax Module
      1. Electronic Filing
      2. W-2 and 1099 Forms
      3. Form 1040 (1040 EZ/A)
      4. Interview Techniques
      5. Filing Requirements
      6. Filing Status
      7. Exemptions and Dependents
      8. Earned Income Tax Credit
      9. Due Diligence
      10. Child Care and Tax Credit
      11. Interest and Dividends
      12. Other Income
      13. Adjustments to Income
      14. Moving Expenses
      15. Itemized Deductions
      16. IRAs and Retirement Plans
    2. Intermediate Income Tax Module
      1. Employee Business Expenses
      2. Sale of Real Estate
      3. Depreciation: MACRS and ACRS
      4. Self-employment
      5. Rental Property
      6. Capital Gains and Losses
      7. Education Expenses and Plans
      8. Education Tax Benefits
      9. Ethics
      10. Kiddie Tax
      11. Taxpayer Relief Act of 1977
      12. Tax Saving Ideas
      13. Alternative Minimum Tax
      14. Office-in-Home
      15. Injured and Innocent Spouse
      16. Penalties
      17. Extensions
      18. Amended Returns
    3. Advanced Income Tax Module: Level I
      1. Earned Income Credit
      2. Clergy
      3. Investments
      4. At-risk Rules
      5. Passive Activities
      6. Injured and Innocent Spouse
      7. Tax Credits, Special Credits
      8. COGS, Business Start-up
      9. Depreciation, Amortization, and Section 179
      10. Employee Business Expense
      11. Office in Home
      12. Auto Expenses
      13. Self-employment Tax
      14. Statutory Employees
      15. Capital Gains and Losses
      16. Basis of Property
      17. Sale of Stock
      18. Installment Sales
      19. Rental Properties
      20. K-1s and 1099s
      21. Sale of Business Property
      22. Estimated Taxes
      23. Extensions
    4. Advanced Income Tax Module: Level II
      1. Amended Tax Returns for Individuals
      2. Special Needs and Concerns of Seniors
      3. Tax Issues for High-income Taxpayers
      4. Net Operating Losses
      5. Schedule D: Special Issues
      6. Tax Issues for Divorced Taxpayers
      7. Tax Planning Tips and Strategies
      8. Responding to the IRS
      9. Part-year Resident State Tax Preparation Principles
      10. Nonresident Alien Returns: Form 1040NR
  3. Small Business Income Tax Preparation
    1. Introduction to Small Business Tax Preparation
      1. Business Types
      2. Accounting Methods
      3. Financial Statements
      4. Business Income
      5. Schedule C
      6. COGS and Inventory
      7. Depreciation
      8. Section 179 Deduction
      9. Contractor vs. Employee
      10. Sale of Business Property
      11. Partnerships
      12. Corporations: C, S, LLC
      13. Employee Taxes
      14. Excise Taxes
      15. Estate Taxes
      16. Extensions
      17. Estimates
      18. Employee Benefits
      19. Retirement Plans
    2. Small Business Income Tax Course: Level II
      1. Understanding the Balance Sheet
      2. Partnership Issues
      3. Corporation Issues
      4. General Business Credits
      5. Tax Issues Related to Buying a Business
      6. Sale or Liquidation of Business
      7. Profit or Loss From Farming: Schedule F
      8. Amended or Corrected Business Returns
      9. What to Do When You Owe the IRS?
      10. Tax Preparation for Non-profits: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), etc.

Instructor support is provided through email by experienced practicing tax professionals employed by Peoples Income Tax, Inc., a sister company of The Income Tax School.


Chartered Tax Professional for California Residents
Item: 202003CTP20020  
Class Dates: 7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020                                              Fee: $1,995.00
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