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Advanced Tax Preparation


This certificate provides the student with an understanding of income tax law and procedures for individuals, corporations, and other entities. As part of the certificate program, the student prepares basic income tax returns for others.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 3
Part Time: 4 to 5

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$4,169.55 $4,726.40 $10,742.20

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

This introductory class covers the development of the accounting cycle for a sole proprietorship, from business transactions through closing entries and financial statements. Includes service and merchandising types of businesses, special journals, banking services, and payroll.

ACCT 110 5.0

Introduction to individual tax laws (as opposed to business tax laws). Includes preparation of individual income tax forms using text and/or web based sites or income tax software. PLEASE NOTE: This class is typically offered every quarter (typical class offerings may change depending on student enrollment and other factors).

ACCT 255 5.0

This course provides a comprehensive study of the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Basic tax research and the theory of taxation are also developed.. Prereq: ACCT& 202 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.

ACCT 256 5.0

Basic principles, practices, and governmental regulations (Federal, Washington State and local) involved in business tax accounting. Includes filing returns, record-keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT&201

ACCT 257 5.0

Builds on ACCT 225. Covers current tax year update information, training in tax preparation software, client information gathering and return preparation processes. Gain real experience working with clients preparing basic level tax returns in a structured environment. Prereq: ACCT 225 or permission.

ACCT 258 5.0

Further develop individual income tax skills by reviewing the subtitles in the basic law practiced in ACCT 258. Learn new and more complex aspects of individual income tax. Study ethics in the profession and methods/resources to conduct basic independent research. Prereq: ACCT 255 & 258 or instructor permission.

ACCT 259 5.0

Learn federal tax research and IRS tax dispute resolution procedures and skills. Covers ethics related to professional tax preparation and representation. Includes a comprehensive study of tax law as it applies to gifts, estates and trusts. Prereq: ACCT 255.

ACCT 264 5.0