Tax Preparer Assistant
10 Credits | 1 year part time
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online
Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*
*Combination of Online, Your Choice, In Person or Web Conferencing instruction. Select courses available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.
Begin your accounting career by completing three courses to earn your Tax Preparer Assistant certificate. The Tax Preparer Assistant Career Pathway option connects you to progress levels of coursework to allow you to build upon your education.
When you’ve completed the Tax Preparer Assistant pathway certificate, you have the basic knowledge to prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
Tax Preparer Assistant graduates will be able to:
- Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
- Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
- Practice completing and filing individual federal and Wisconsin income tax returns through project-based learning.
- Program courses are current and relevant to today’s tax accounting field and students practice and apply accounting principles in real world situations.
- Take your classes in a variety of options to fit your lifestyle. Options include online, classroom or Flex.
Learn by doing.
Live your life.
In the Tax Preparer Assistant pathway certificate you’re taught accounting principles, including payroll tax principles, special procedures and financial statement, along with how to use beginning accounting software.
Tax Preparer Assistant classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: online, Your Choice, in person or Web Conferencing.
WITC is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced accounting faculty are knowledgeable, approachable, and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.
As an Tax Preparer Assistant student at WITC, you can add to your credentials! Graduates of the Tax Preparer Assistant can continue their education to earn the Accounting associate degree.
You can join the Business Professionals of America and participate in statewide competitions and a number of charity projects like Special Olympics and the Pregnancy Help Center. In addition, there are a number of other clubs to join including the Business Club, Veteran’s Club and Student Senate.
When you complete the Tax Preparer Assistant Pathway Certificate you’ll be able to process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle and perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis-type tasks.
You could take this first and get a credential.
You can continue your education to advance your skills.
Transfer your credits to obtain your bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
To apply for a certificate, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and WITC will guide you from there.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*
Tax Preparer Assistant
10 Credits | Less than 1 year
$520 for books (including tax)
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Tax Preparer Assistant Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Tax Preparer Assistant certificate.