Tax Preparer Certificate
Riverland Community College

Program Details

The online Tax Preparer Certificate program from Riverland Community College provides students with a basic understanding of income tax law and income tax procedures for individuals, corporations, partnerships, as well as payroll tax returns. As part of the program, students gain hands-on experience by preparing basic individual income tax returns for others. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • ​Complete accounting processes and prepare financial statements according to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) both manually and using computerized accounting software
  • ​Analyze and communicate the effects of basic tax rules (including payroll taxes) on individuals, partnerships, and corporations and prepare basic tax returns
  • ​Demonstrate proficiency in using computer hardware and software, including spreadsheet, database, and internet browser software to solve business issues and report these solutions


  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate
  • Accuplacer or ACT scores (or evidence of successful completion of college-level math and/or English courses)

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission