Learn essential core tax concepts in our 4-course Taxation Certificate. Acquire industry-relevant skills and technical know-how necessary for a career in tax preparation and representation. This certificate can be completed online or in the classroom. Available Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Tax preparers who need additional training to advance in their careers
  • Accountants or attorneys interested in a tax specialization
  • Investment or accounting professionals seeking to expand their expertise
  • Those looking to change careers into tax preparation

What you can learn.

  • Study practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service, with specific references to statutes and regulations
  • Review individual income tax issues: tax determination; exemptions; gross income; deductions; expenses, gains, losses
  • Learn tax and legal aspects of forming, operating and dissolving partnerships
  • Understand the organization of corporations and associations; property transfers; stock and dividend distributions; earnings and profits

Master taxation basics.

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The UCLA Taxation Certificate program serves as the foundation of a customizable training plan based on your interests and needs in the industry. Prepare for the Tax Compliance and Planning CPA Career Exam, or further enhance your marketable skills by stacking with other accounting, taxation and internal audit specializations including:

Format: Online and In-Person

To learn about upcoming changes to the CPA Exam and associated adjustments to UCLA Extension Accounting programs and courses, visit our CPA Exam Preparation page.



Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MGMT X 127
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 427.8
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 427.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 427.111
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Internship Course
MGMT X 423.42
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


Suggested Prerequisites: MGMT X 1A and MGMT X1B Principles of Accounting

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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in taxation can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 16 units of program curriculum (4 courses) before enrolling in the internship.

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The Accounting and Taxation Scholarship Fund was established in 2021 in partnership with Baker Tilly US LLP to provide financial assistance and greater access to the education necessary for students pursuing careers in accounting or taxation.

The scholarship provides funding to cover the cost of completing the Accounting Certificate or Taxation Certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension (up to $5,000) for an individual who has a passion for continuing education and professional development in accounting or taxation.

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The Vets Count Scholarship was created for active duty U.S. military personnel and U.S. veterans, and their immediate families (spouses or children) who are interested in pursuing financial programs to assist them in achieving their educational and career goals.

The scholarship will pay the registration fees for any two courses in the Financial Management Programs area (see application for more details).

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