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Fundamentals of Taxation

Our Material

CTEC 60 hour course

Our courses are currently being updated with the latest tax information. Thank you for your patience!

A comprehensive introduction to the taxation of individuals. Covers topics from the basics of filing status to the intricacies of owning your own business. Suggested for those individuals interested in learning more about our tax system. A MUST for those persons pursuing a career in taxation. 




This hour course covers the following:

  • Tax History, Accounting Periods & Methods, Keeping Records
  • Overview of tax forms, Marital Status, Filing Status
  • Earned Income, Wages, Tips, Etc.
  • Standard Deduction, Personal & Dependent Exemptions
  • Deducting the Kids, Child Tax Credit, Child & Dependent Care
  • Unearned Income, Interest, Dividends, Etc.
  • Itemized Deductions I; Medical Expenses, Interest, Taxes
  • Itemized Deductions II; Casualty Losses, Contributions, Misc.
  • Tax Benefits of Education; Hope & Lifetime Credit, Etc.
  • Retirement Income, Pensions, Social Security Benefits
  • The Sole Proprietor, Income & Expenses
  • Depreciation
  • Capital Gain Transactions & the Sale of your Home
  • Retirement Planning
  • Rental Income & Expenses plus other Passive Activities
  • Travel, Entertainment & Home Office Expenses
  • Estimated Payments, Underpayments & Amended Returns
  • Ethics

How It Works

How our courses work…

Step 1 – Order your course. Choose PDF e-delivery or a print copy to be shipped to you.

Step 2 – Receive your course via email (PDF delivery) or via USPS Priority mail.

Step 3 – Read the material and complete the multiple choice/true & false exam at the end of each topic/chapter.

Step 4 – Submit your answers to us via fax or online answer sheet. We’ll quickly grade your exams, upload your completion information to IRS and send you a certificate of completion.

Step 5Apply for a PTIN.

Becoming a Tax Professional

Here are (in general) the steps that you need to take to become a tax professional…

  • Purchase and complete our Fundamentals of Taxation course
  • Apply for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS
  • You will also want to find out more information about the IRS’ new Annual Filing Season Program. You can find more information here.


Frequently Asked Questions…


Q. In what format is your course available?

A. All of our courses are available in PDF format or as a printed text.

Q. I ordered a PDF copy of the course. How will I receive the files?

A. You will receive an email from a student advisor after you order with your course files and instructions.

Q. I ordered a printed text. When will I receive it?

A. We ship materials every day via USPS Priority Mail. You should receive your course material within 1 or 2 days.

Q. I have additional questions. How do I contact you?

A. You can contact us via email, fax (661.836.8000), phone (888.342.1040) or online chat.

Q. What are your business hours?

A. We are available seven days a week from 9am to 9pm PST. Maybe more if we’re busy (and we’re usually busy). Call us!


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Federal only text delivered as PDF files ($154)

Federal only printed text shipped via USPS Priority Mail ($154 + $20 printing/shipping)

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