Welcome and Introduction

with Roger Knecht



  • Establishing the Tax Foundation: Learn the entire process for determining income and adjustments to income, which will factor into the Adjusted Gross Income
  • Becoming the 1040 Expert: Understand all the adjustments that can be made to adjusted gross income, including credits that are allowed and different types of deductions and exemptions that can be taken against that adjusted gross income number

$AVE your clients money every year by becoming their Tax Expert

The best time to become a Tax Specialist is NOW

By mastering this skill set, you can earn approximately $100+ per hour and help each of your clients to prepare for the upcoming tax season efficiently, using the most current tax information and your ever-growing expertise. Line by line, the Universal Accounting®’s Professional Tax Preparer™ program will teach you how to complete individual returns so that you can either prepare taxes on the side or start your own full-time Tax Planning, Prep and Advisor Services. You may be wondering if now is the proper time to invest in your future with this compelling and engaging career... NOW is the perfect time! Let me explain...

Isn't all tax knowledge only put to use in April?

When it comes to filing taxes, are most people PROACTIVE or REACTIONARY?

If you understand the difference between Tax Preparation and Tax Planning, you would realize that TAX PROS like yourself are desperately needed ALL YEAR LONG. Most taxpayers can save money over what they pay in taxes yearly. But the average person is not always aware of the latest regulations and codes, or how to follow them in the best and most beneficial ways. This is where you come in as their Tax Specialist and Advisor. In a few weeks of study and practice, you can be prepared to help your clients proactively PLAN AHEAD for their taxes next season, instead of simply reacting to last year's oversights. Proactive and proper planning during the year will give your clients BIG $AVING$ at the end of the year! The time to prepare yourself to become their Tax Advisor and Specialist is RIGHT NOW.

What makes UA's course so unique?

Convenient At-Home Learning


The Professional Tax Preparer™ Certification Program consists of 67 hours of training. Our tax preparation courses include books and worksheets (over 600 pages of instruction and reference materials). In this engaging and interactive self study tax training course, you have the flexibility to complete the courses in a way that fits your life. The course is taught by our experienced tax accounting professionals who give practical advice on not only tax issues, but also provide real-world solutions to give you the edge in productivity and profitability. Our instructors know about the certain challenges you will face because they have been there themselves.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    MODULE 1 (M1): Establishing the Tax Foundation

    • Video: Getting Started

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Welcome from your Coach

    • Establishing the Tax Foundation: LIVE Review Class Part 1 (Chapters 1-5)

    • Introduction

    • Table of Contents

    • Now it is time to introduce yourself

  • 2

    M1 Session 1: Getting Started

  • 3

    M1 Session 2: Wages, Salaries & Tips

    • Video: Gross Income (M1 S2 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Wages and Other Compensation (M1 S2 T2)

    • Wages and Other Compensation (M1 S2 T2)

    • Video: Employee vs Self-Employed Contractor (M1 S2 T3)

    • Employee VS Independent Contractor (M1 S2 T3)

    • Video: Tips (M1 S2 T4)

    • Tips (M1 S2 T4)

    • Video: Form W-2 (M1 S2 T5)

    • Form W-2 (M1 S2 T5)

    • Form 1099-NEC (M1 S2 T6)

    • Form W-4 (M1 S2 T7)

    • Video: Session 2 Review (M1 S2 T7)

    • Module 1 Session 2: Review Questions

    • How to submit an assignment:

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 2 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 2 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 2: Wage Salary and Tips: LA Solutions

  • 4

    M1 Session 3: Schedule B- Interest and Dividend Income

    • Video: Intro (M1 S3 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Taxable Interest (M1 S3 T2)

    • Taxable Interest (M1 S3 T2)

    • Video: Non-taxable Interest (M1 S3 T3)

    • Non-Taxable Interest (M1 S3 T3)

    • Video: Form 1099-INT (M1 S3 T4)

    • Form 1099-INT (M1 S3 T4)

    • Video: Dividend Income (M1 S3 T5)

    • Dividends (M1 S3 T5)

    • Video: Form 1099-DIV (M1 S3 T6)

    • Form 1099-DIV (M1 S3 T6)

    • Session 3 Video: Review (M1 S3 T7)

    • Module 1 Session 3: Review Questions (M1 S3 T7)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Download Module 1 Chapter 3 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 3 Learning Activity

    • Module 1Chapter 3: Schedule B: LA Solutions

  • 5

    M1 Session 4: Schedule C and Schedule F - Business and Farm Income (or Loss)

    • Video: Intro (M1 S4 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Self-Employment and Farm Income (M1 S4 T2)

    • Self-Employment (M1 S4 T2)

    • Video: Schedule C (M1 S4 T3)

    • Schedule C (M1 S4 T3)

    • Video: Schedule F - Farming (M1 S4 T5)

    • Schedule F (M1 S4 T5)

    • Video: Session 4 Review (M1 S4 T6)

    • Module 1 Session 4: Review Questions (M1 S4 T6)

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 4 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 4 Learning Activity

    • PTPM1S4 Schedules C and F LA Solutions

    • Turning in assignments

  • 6

    M1 Session 5: Form 8949 and Schedule D - Capital Gain (orLoss)

    • Video: Intro Capital Gain or Loss (M1 S5 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Capital Assets (M1 S5 T2)

    • Capital Assets (M1 S5 T2)

    • Video: Basis (M1 S5 T3)

    • Basis (M1 S5 T3)

    • Video: Capital Gains Tax Rates (M1 S5 T4)

    • Capital Gain Tax Rates (M1 S5 T4)

    • Kinds of Transactions

    • Video: Schedule D (M1 S5 T5)

    • Form 8949 and Schedule D (M1 S5 T5)

    • Video: Review (M1 S5 T6)

    • Module 1 Session 5: Review Questions (M1 S5 T6)

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 5 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 5 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 5: Form 8949 and Schedule D: LA Solutions

  • 7

    M1 Session 6: Retirement Income

    • Video: Introduction (M1 S6 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: IRA Distributions (M1 S6 T2)

    • IRA Distributions (M1 S6 T2)

    • Video: Pensions and Annuities (M1 S6 T3)

    • Pensions, Annuities & Other Retirement Income (M1 S6 T3)

    • Rollovers and Other Distribution Rules

    • Video: Form 1099-R (M1 S6 T4)

    • Form 1099-R (M1 S6 T4)

    • Video: Social Security Benefits (M1 S6 T5)

    • Social Security and Railroad Retirement Benefits (M1 S6 T5)

    • Video: Session 6 Review (M1 S6 T6)

    • Module 1 Session 6: Review Questions (M1 S6 T6)

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 6 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 6 Learning Activity

    • Module 1Chapter 6: Retirement Income: LA Solutions

  • 8

    M1 Session 7: Schedule E - Income (or Loss) from Rental Property/Royalties/Partnerships and S Corporations/Estates and Trusts

    • Video: Introduction (M1 S7 T1)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Schedule E (M1 S7 T2)

    • Income or Loss from Rental Property

    • Video: Rental Income (M1 S7 T3)

    • Video: K-1 and Royalties (M1 S7 T4)

    • Income or Loss from Royalties

    • Schedule E, Part I

    • Income or Loss from Partnerships and S Corporations, Estates and Trusts

    • Schedule E, Parts II – V

    • Video: Session 7 Review (M1 S7 T5)

    • Module 1 Session 7: Review Questions

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 7 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 7 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 7: Schedule E: LA Solutions

  • 9

    M1 Session 8: Other Types of Income

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Taxable Refunds and Unemployment Compensation

    • Taxable Refunds & Unemployment Compensation

    • Video: Alimony Received

    • Child Support & Alimony Received

    • Video: Sale of Business Property

    • Sale of Business Property

    • Video: Form 4797

    • Form 4797 - Sales of Business Property

    • Video: Other Income

    • Other Income - Reported on Schedule 1

    • Video: Review

    • Module 1 Session 8: Review Questions

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 8 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 8 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 8: Other Types of Income: LA Solutions

  • 10

    M1 Session 9: Occupational Adjustments

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Educator Expenses

    • Educator Expenses

    • Video: Certain Business Expenses

    • Certain Business Expenses

    • Video: Moving Expenses

    • Moving Expenses

    • Video: One-Half Self-Employment Tax

    • One-Half Self-Employment Tax

    • Video: Review

    • Module 1 Session 9: Review Questions

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 9 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 1 Chapter 9 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 9 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 1 Chapter 9 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 1 Chapter 9: Occupational Adjustments: LA Solutions

  • 11

    M1 Session 10: Retirement, Educational and Other Personal Adjustments

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: IRA Deduction

    • Video: Self-Employed Retirement Plans

    • Video: Self-Employed Retirement Plans - SEP

    • Video: Self-Employed Retirement Plans - SIMPLE

    • Video: Self-Employed Retirement Plans - Qualified plans

    • Self-Employed Retirement Plans

    • Video: Penalty on Early Withdrawal of Savings

    • Penalty on Early Withdrawal of Savings

    • Video: Student Loan Interest Deduction

    • Student Loan Interest Deduction

    • Tuition and Fees Deduction

    • Video: Health Savings Deduction

    • Health Savings Account Deduction

    • Video: Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction

    • Self-employed Health Insurance Deduction

    • Video: Alimony Paid

    • IRA Deduction

    • Video: Uncommon Personal Other Adjustments

    • Other Adjustments

    • Charitable Contributions

    • Video: Review

    • Module 1 Session 10: Review Questions

    • Download Module 1 Chapter 10 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 10 Learning Activity

    • Module 1 Chapter 10: Retirement Educational and Other Personal Adjustments: LA Solutions

    • Module 1 Review - CHAT

    • PTP22M1S10Tindex

  • 12

    Professional Tax Preparer Module 1 Exam

    • Professional Tax Preparer - Module 1 - Practice Exam 2022

  • 13

    MODULE 2 (M2): Becoming the 1040 Expert

  • 14

    M2 Session 1: Schedule A - Standard vs. Itemized Deductions

    • Video: Standard or Itemized Deductions

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Standard Deduction

    • Medical and Dental Expenses

    • Video: Taxes Paid

    • Taxes Paid

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 1: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 2

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 3

    • Module 2 Chapter 1 Learning Activity 3

    • Module 2 Chapter 1: Schedule A Part A: LA Solutions

  • 15

    M2 Session 2: Schedule A - Itemized Deductions, Part B

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Interest Paid

    • Interest Paid

    • Video: Gifts to Charity

    • Gifts to Charity

    • Video: Casualty and Theft Losses

    • Casualty and Theft Losses

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 2: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 2 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 2 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 2 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 2 Learning Activity 2

    • PTPM2S2 Schedule A Part B LA Solutions

  • 16

    M2 Session 3: Schedule A - Itemized Deductions, Part C

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Other Miscellaneous Deductions

    • Job Expenses

    • Video: Deduction Limitiation

    • Miscellaneous Deductions

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 3: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 3 Learning Activity

    • Module 2 Chapter 3 Learning Activity

    • PTPM2S3 Schedule A Part C LA Solutions

    • Deductions

  • 17

    M2 Session 4: Calculating the Tax

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Using Tax Tables

    • How to use the Tax Table

    • Video: Alternative Minimum Tax

    • Alternative Minimum Tax

    • Shared Responsibility Payment

    • Check in with your community

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 4: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 2

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 3

    • Module 2 Chapter 4 Learning Activity 3

    • PTPM2S4 Calculating the Tax LA Solutions

  • 18

    M2 Session 5: Non-Refundable Credits, Part A

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Non-Refundable Tax Credits Part A

    • Video: Child Tax Credit

    • Child Tax Credit

    • Video: Child and Dependent Care Credit

    • Child and Dependent Care Credit

    • Video: Education Credits

    • Education Credits

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 5: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 2

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 3

    • Module 2 Chapter 5 Learning Activity 3

    • PTPM2S5 Non-refundable Credits Part A LA Solutions

  • 19

    M2 Session 6: Non-Refundable Credits, Part B

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Residential Energy Credits

    • Residential Energy Credits

    • Video: Retirement Savings Contributions Credit

    • Retirement Saver’s Credit

    • Video: Credit for the Elderly and Disabled

    • Video: Other Credits

    • Other Credits

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 6: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 6 Learning Activity

    • Module 2 Chapter 6 Learning Activity

    • PTPM2S6 Non-Refundable Credits Part B LA Solutions

  • 20

    M2 Session 7: Other Taxes

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Self-Employment Tax

    • Self-Employment Tax

    • Video: Unreported Social Security and Medicare Tax

    • Unreported Social Security and Medicare Tax

    • Video: Additional Taxes on Tax-Favored Accounts

    • Additional Taxes on Tax-Favored Accounts

    • Video: Household Employment Taxes

    • Household Employment Taxes

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 7: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 7 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 7 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 7 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 7 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 7: Other Taxes: LA Solutions

  • 21

    M2 Session 8: Payments & Refundable Credits

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: Withholding

    • Previous Tax Payments

    • Video: Estimated Tax Payments

    • Video: Request for Extension

    • Video: Earned Income Credit

    • Earned Income Credit

    • Video: Excess Withholding

    • Video: Additional Child Tax Credit

    • Additional Child Tax Credit

    • Premium Tax Credit

    • Other Refundable Credits

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 8: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 8 Learning Activity 1

    • Module 2 Chapter 8 Learning Activity 1

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 8 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 8 Learning Activity 2

    • Module 2 Chapter 8: Payments and Refundable Credits: LA Solutions

  • 22

    M2 Session 9: Closing the Return

    • Video: Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video: PTIN and EFIN

    • Tax Preparer ID Numbers

    • Video: Third Party Designee

    • Third Party Designee

    • Video: Signing the Return

    • Identity Protection PIN

    • Video: How to File

    • Filing the Return

    • Video: File by Mail

    • Video: E-File

    • Video: Amended Returns

    • Amended Returns

    • Video: Penalties

    • Penalties

    • IRS Tax Notices

    • Video: Review

    • Module 2: Session 9: Review Questions

    • Download Module 2 Chapter 9 Learning Activity

    • Module 2 Chapter 9 Learning Activity

    • PTPM2S9 Closing the Return LA Solutions

    • PTP22M2S9T9 Index

  • 23

    Professional Tax Preparer Module 2 Exam

    • Professional Tax Preparer Module 2 Practice Exam

  • 24

    Personal and Individual Income Tax Preparation Final Exam

    • 2022 Personal Income Tax Preparation Final Exam

  • 25

    Continuing Education Program Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Program Evaluation

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