Tax Practitioner Certificate

The Tax Practitioner Certificate consists of four tax courses: individual, corporate, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice and procedures and the Enrolled Agent Review course or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Clinic participation. These four courses are spread out throughout the calendar year enabling you to prepare for your Enrolled Agent (EA) Examination.

An EA is a federally-authorized tax practitioner with technical expertise in the field of taxation, who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS for audits, collections, and appeals. As an EA, you'll prepare and/or review tax returns and represent taxpayers before the IRS and state governments.

Contact (815) 479-7521 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $1,859.5

Credit Hours to Complete: 10

Weeks to Complete: 16

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What you need to know about getting your Tax Practitioner Certificate (CIP 52.0302)

Total Tax Practitioner Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $1,165 $3,337.3 $4,789.4 $4,789.4
Additional Costs $694.5 $694.5 $694.5 $694.5
Program Total $1,859.5 $4,031.8 $5,483.9 $5,483.9

What makes MCC's Tax Practitioner Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC pioneered the Tax Practitioner Certificate program that is now being duplicated at other institutions and by the National Association of Enrolled Agents.
  • MCC's program delivers content beyond what is necessary for you to successfully pass the Enrolled Agent (EA) exam, offering intense training on taxpayer representation.

What job opportunities are available to someone with a Tax Practitioner Certificate?

Tax preparer, taxpayer representative, tax planner.

How will MCC's Tax Practitioner Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • Student internships are available with community employers as well as the opportunity to work at the VITA tax site at MCC each filing season.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • work for regional accounting firms
  • become successfully self-employed
  • be invited to sit on boards of not-for-profit entities

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Additional Information

IRS: Tax Information for Tax Professionals

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.