2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tax Preparation Associate of Science

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This program provides students with sufficient knowledge of Federal tax law to prepare individual and small business tax returns and to obtain an entry-level position as a tax preparer or bookkeeper.  This program at the current time does not certify individuals as a tax preparer in the State of California.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Prepare a set of basic financial statements.
  • Calculate and analyze common ratios and numerical relationships that are produced through the accounting cycle.
  • Demonstrate applications of current federal tax law.
  • Analyze basic tax information and prepare related federal tax returns.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communicating financial information in the subject area.
  • Present an oral presentation in the designated subject area.


Course ID Title Units
ACCT 1A   Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 216  * Individual Income Tax 4
ACCT 217  * Partnership and Corporate Taxation 3
BUS 13   Legal Environment & Business Law 3
CIMA 104  + Spreadsheets: Excel – Beginning 3
CIMA 223A  * or Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks-Beginning 1.5
CIMA 223B   Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks-Advanced 1.5
  Select from Restricted Electives 3



RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: Select one course from the following:
ACCT 215   General Accounting 3
ACCT 235   Entrepreneurial Accounting 3
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description
+Completion of the A and B versions of this course can also be used to fulfill this requirement.


Associate of Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ACCT 120 , 202B , 203 , 214; BUS 1 , 102 , 103 , 104 , 125 ; CIM 1 , 10 , 112 , CIMA 104B*, 106 ; ECON 2 , 4 .

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