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Taxation Certificate

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Professional Certificate in Taxation

For tax professionals, the complexity of the tax code provides endless business opportunities and long-term job security. Tax professionals can work in corporate settings, for nonprofits, government agencies, small businesses, retail or service industries, among other options. The UCR Extension Taxation Certificate program provides an examination of the common areas in taxation, including individual, corporate and partnership tax reporting requirements and liabilities.

Each course provides a focused study of each area along with common tips and techniques to help limit tax liabilities and ensure legal requirements are met. The program concludes with participants preparing for the IRS Enrolled Agents examination. Enrolled Agents are able to represent clients to the IRS and the designation is considered one of the premiere professional achievements for a tax professional.

Participants in this certificate program will:

  • Understand common tax laws and reporting requirements as they pertain to individuals, corporations and partnerships.
  • Be prepared to evaluate common tax liabilities and provide advice regarding potential ways in which liabilities may be reduced.
  • Gain an understanding of the IRS Enrolled Agent examination process.

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for individuals who are in the financial services industry, business students, financial assistants and others who have good technical skills and/or are interested in pursuing a course of study in taxation.

Course Schedule

Required Courses (16 units)UnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
Tax Planning4.0Offered Offered 
Taxation -- Corporate4.0 Offered  
Taxation -- Partnerships4.0  Offered 
IRS Enrolled Agent Examination Review4.0   Offered

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) four required courses for a total of 16 units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost to complete the program ranges from approximately $2,400 to $2,800. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of four units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts are required.



  • Brooke Horspool, B.A., C.P.A., Partner, Raymond P. Horspool Jr., C.P.A., Inc., Riverside
  • Dennis Phillips, B.S., E.A., Vice President, Burton and Phillips, Redlands

Instructor Opportunities

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Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.


This program prepares students to sit for the IRS Enrolled Agent examination.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273